Course Title: Interpret in complex dialogue settings (LOTE)

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6134 Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

Course Title: Interpret in complex dialogue settings (LOTE)

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 100

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the outcomes, skills and knowledge required to interpret from a source language to a target language in complex dialogue settings, preserving the communicative intent of the source language. Thecourse  requires the ability to use a range of techniques to assist in the message transfer process and to address problems in delivery.
An interpreter in the dialogue setting is required to interpret between two languages in both directions. A complex setting may involve specialised subjects requiring a high level of subject knowledge, or intense assignment-specific preparation. Interpreting in this setting typically requires high levels of accuracy and accountability. The content of communication may not easily be predicted or planned for, and there are limited opportunities for error correction. The physical elements of the setting or number of parties involved limit the interpreter from managing the discourse. The complex dialogue setting may create additional demands in managing the discourse. It may require interpreters to switch modes in a challenging environment where there is a range of participant interests and personal welfare and safety issues that need to be considered.

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

  • LANG5779C Interpret in Complex Dialogue Settings (LOTE)
  • LANG5780C Interpret in Complex Monologue Settings (LOTE)
  • LANG5782C Sight Translate (LOTE)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS605A Interpret in complex dialogue settings (LOTE)


1 Receive and analyse source message

2 Transfer message to target language

3 Evaluate interpreting performance

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing during the semester and you will be asked a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key performance criteria.

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

- Practical demonstrations

- Role plays

- Observation checklists

- Peer review

- Real or simulated interpreting assignments (live or recorded)

- Action Learning Tasks