Course Title: Use chuchotage (whispered simultaneous) to interpret (LOTE-English)

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6154 Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Course Title: Use chuchotage (whispered simultaneous) to interpret (LOTE-English)

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Ya-Ping Kuo

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3771

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to interpret from a source language to a target language in basic simultaneous mode, preserving key information and the gist of the source message. It requires the ability to anticipate the intent of a source to assist the message transfer process.


An interpreter in simultaneous mode is required to interpret in one language direction, from source to target, at the same time as source utterances are delivered.


This unit applies to those working as interpreters in spoken simultaneous mode, either alone, collaboratively in tandem, or as part of a team.


Spoken basic simultaneous mode is applied in complex dialogue settings. Complex dialogue settings are those in which the physical elements of the setting, or the number of parties involved, limit the interpreter from managing the discourse. The interpreter may be required 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. The content of communication may not easily be predicted or planned for, and there are limited opportunities for error correction.

This unit is delivered in a cluster as follows:

Whisper Cluster (Spoken languages)

  • LANG5850C Demonstrate complex LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts
  • LANG5846C Use chuchotage (whispered simultaneous) to interpret (LOTE-English)


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS086 Use chuchotage (whispered simultaneous) to interpret (LOTE-English)


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

- Real or simulated interpreting assignments (live or recorded)

- Action Learning Tasks