Course Title: Use complex health terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

Part A: Course Overview

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

Course Title: Use complex health terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 25

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Term1 2021

Course Contact: Ya-Ping Kuo

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3771

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Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to understand and use health terminology in English and a LOTE sufficient to interpret between the two languages in complex dialogue or monologue settings in specialist health and allied health contexts.

This unit applies to those working as interpreters in a range of specialist health and allied health contexts where health services are provided with direct patient contact involved, or specialist medical topics are discussed. The interpreter may be required to interact with patients, their families and the health professionals working with them.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster as follows:

Terminology cluster (Spoken languages)

  • LANG5848C Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments
  • LANG5852C Use complex health terminology
  • LANG5853C Use complex legal terminology

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS092 Use complex health terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)


2. Extend understanding of health terminology

3. Use appropriate oral or signed communication in health contexts

1. Identify the context of health terminology

Learning Outcomes

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 may inlcude, but are not limited to:

- practical demonstration
- roleplays
- real or simulated interpreting assignments via communication media
- self reflective reports
- action learning plans.