Course Title: Interpret in complex monologue settings (LOTE)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: LANG5780C

Course Title: Interpret in complex monologue settings (LOTE)

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6111 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers skills and knowledge required to undertake interpreting from a source language into a target language in complex monologue settings, in what is usually known as consecutive interpreting mode. The complex settings are usually meetings, conferences and group activities which are typically characterized by high level of subject knowledge,  intense assignment specific preparation, use of public speaking skills,  lack of opportunities to correct errors and difficulty to predict content. The main focus is to preserve the communicative intent of the message and transfer the meaning using a range of techniques. 

This unit will be delivered in a cluster with the following units:

LANG5783C Interpret through communication media
LANG5784C Interpret as part of a team

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS606A Interpret in complex monologue settings (LOTE)


1. receive and analyse source message.

2. transfer message to target language

3. evaluate interpreting performance.

Performance Criteria:

1. Confirm that setting, context, parties and expectations are consistent with client requirements, assignment agreement and interpreting protocols.
2. Attend actively to source utterance, applying strategies to support retention and recall and adjusting physical position to optimise sound reception and visual cues.
3. Apply detailed knowledge of specialised subject and context to anticipate purpose and intent of source and strategies used to develop ideas.
4. Identify and record key information using a range of effective mnemonic strategies.
5. Determine and record relationships between complex linguistic and non-linguistic elements and analyse factors affecting meaning.
6. Identify complexities, key concepts and explicit and embedded cultural concepts.
7. Identify transfer issues and implement strategies to address problems of understanding or recall, and confirm understanding where appropriate in an impartial manner that does not compromise effective delivery.

8. Recall information from notes and other mnemonic devices.
9. Use a range of rhetorical techniques to transfer the communicative intent into the target language in a timely manner appropriate to audience and setting, and reflecting speaker’s characteristics..

10. Recognise and address issues in message transfer associated with the complexities of the setting, language and concepts.
11. Monitor interpreting process to identify when it is necessary to seek assistance or withdraw from assignment.

12. Evaluate performance in line with issues encountered, assignment requirements and code of ethics.
13. Determine personal impact of assignment and identify need for debriefing.
14. Consider process improvement strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Teachers will use role plays , class quizzes, simulated speeches (incoroporating the use of videos), simulations, and peer observation in class and in guided weekly activities.

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to the timetable and extra information provided by teacher.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Study Guide for Accreditation Units


Other Resources

Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing during the semester, and you will receive feedback on your progress. You will undertake a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key elements and performance criteria.

The assessment tasks/activities may include, but are not limited to:

- Practical demonstrations
- Role plays
- Observation checklists
- Peer review
- Real or simulated monologue interpreting assignments (live or recorded)

Assessment Tasks

AT1: Action Learning Journal
Action Learning is a systematic way of learning from your experiences in order to maintain and enhance your professional practice. Refer to the Study Guide issued to you at the start of the semester on what action learning is and a template to complete on your experience, eg interpreting practice, dealing with unfamiliar terminology, unfamiliar topic, difficult clients etc. You are asked to complete an action learning template every fortnight alternating the directions (eg. one fortnight English into LOTE, and the next fortnight LOTE into English). Please return the completed template to your Interpreting teacher every fortnight.

AT2: Two 300-word Monologues, one in each direction interpreted consecutively in approximately 150-word segments. The topics of the monologues will be given to you approximately two weeks before. This task will be conducted around week 7 for full-timers or week 15 for part-timers. The exact date and time will be confirmed by your teacher.

AT3: Two 300-word Monologues, one in each direction interpreted consecutively in approximately 150-word segments. This is a graded task. The topics of the monologues will be given to you approximately two weeks before. This task will be conducted around week 15 for full-timers and at the end of the next semester for part-timers. The actual exam date and time will be confirmed by the program.

Assessments 2 and 3 will be administered under NAATI exam conditions and graded against RMIT performance descriptors and NAATI accreditation exam standards. A copy of the NAATI accreditation exam marking sheet and RMIT performance descriptors are available in the Essential Program Information that you received at the start of the semester. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the marking standards and performance descriptors at the beginning of your studies and seek clarifications from your teachers and program coordinators if your are unsure about any aspects of them.


A student must undertake and complete ALL assessment tasks satisfactorily in this unit to achieve CAG (Competency Achieved Graded) result for academic qualification. The result of AT3 will be used for NAATI recommendation. A student must achieve a minimum result of 70% in this unit as well as in LANG5779 Interpret in Complex Dialogue Settings and LANG5782 Sight Translate in order to get NAATI accreditation. If a student achieves a minimum result of 70% in this unit, but either or both the other two units have s result under 70%, the student  will not be eligible for NAATI accreditation.

This unit will be graded as follows:

CHD (80%+): Competency with High Distinction
CDI (70-79%): Competency with Distinction (Minimum result for NAATI accreditation)
CC (60-69%): Competency with Credit
CAG (50-59%): Competency Achieved (minimum result for academic qualification)
NYC (0-49%): Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
* Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
* Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
* Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
* Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
* Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
* Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
* Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
* Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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