Course Title: Demonstrate complex LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: LANG5850C

Course Title: Demonstrate complex LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Ya-Ping Kuo

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3771

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Combined Lectures Teacher:   Steph Palomares

Nominal Hours: 60

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 describes the skills required to conduct complex, creative, routine and non-routine spoken or signed communication in a LOTE, to meet the oral language and communication needs of interpreting in complex settings. It involves applying proficient oral communication skills to conduct negotiations, present information and participate in social and cultural activities.


This unit applies to those working as interpreters in a range of fields or contexts.

There is no direct parity with any formal language proficiency ratings or assessment framework, but this unit broadly relates to International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) 4 and 4+.

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)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS088 Demonstrate complex LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts


1. Participate in social and cultural activities

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use LOTE language and language functions appropriate to varied social and cultural activities.   1.2 Adapt and modify communication strategies and language functions according to the situation and participant requirements.


2. Deliver presentations in LOTE

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Present information using sequencing and linguistic linking.   2.2 Deliver presentations in a style relevant to the purpose and objectives, audience characteristics, occasion and venue.   2.3 Support presentations with public speaking techniques.


3. Negotiate and persuade

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use appropriate courtesy protocols to establish rapport, identify common ground and observe social, cultural and business conventions of the LOTE.   3.2 Use a range of LOTE language functions to provide explanations, information, advice and supporting details.   3.3 Use a range of language functions for negotiations.   3.4 Use intonation, voice tone and signalling expressions.   3.5 Use prosodic features, gestures and body language.   3.6 Exchange and agree to information about the subject of negotiation.


4. Provide summaries of complex oral or signed communication

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Make appropriate comments to check and clarify meaning.   4.2 Provide summaries of the purpose and meaning of the original utterance.   4.3 Use communication strategies and LOTE language functions that support immediate and unhindered communication.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This course involves using proficient and complex oral communication skills in LOTE to conduct negotiations, present information and participate in social and cultural activities. This course will be delivered through face-to-face combined lectures and workshops and by utilising the learning support material and resources here in Canvas.    Furthermore, this course involves interpreting from a source language to a target language in basic simultaneous mode (one  direction, at same time as source utterances are delivered), preserving key information and the gist of the source message. Simultaneous interpreting is typically applied in complex dialogue and monologue settings, in which the physical elements of the setting, or the number of parties involved, limit the interpreter from managing the discourse. 

Teaching Schedule

 Advanced Diploma SkillsAdvanced Diploma Context
 Semester 1Semester 1
Week 1The NAATI CI Test and RMIT AssessmentWhat is context? Why is it important? Research Skills
Week 2Introduction to Interpreting in Community SettingsHealth – GPs, Community Centres
Week 3Seating ArrangementsHealth – Hospitals (GS)?
Week 4Sight TranslationHealth – Mental Health
Week 5Sight TranslationWelfare - Centrelink
Week 6Short and Long-Term Memory ImprovementWelfare - NDIS (GS)
Week 7Note-taking - DialogueWelfare - DHHS
Week 8Note-taking - MonologueEducation – Early Childcare
Sem Break  
Week 9Chuchotage Education – Primary and Secondary
Week 10ChuchotageImmigration
Week 11Telephone Interpreting Border Control and Customs
Week 12Be Your Own Boss – Running a business as an interpreter VicRoads and Making Claims (insurance)
Week 13Professional Behaviour and Practical AdvicePolice (GS)?
Week 14NAATI Exam Preparation and TechniqueBusiness
Week 15Wrap Up Wrap-Up
 Advanced Diploma Interpreting Lectures 
 Semester 2 
Week 1 NAATI Certification Tests and Formats    
Week 2 Legal Interpreting - Intro to system and Courts  
Week 3 Legal Interpreting - Oaths and Affirmation  
Week 4 Legal Interpreting - Tribunals  
Week 5 Legal interpreting - Court Visit  
Week 6 Legal Interpreting - Mock Court - Cross Examination  
Week 7 Legal Interpreting - Mock Court - Opening  
Week 8 Legal Interpreting - Sentencing  
Week 9 Legal Interpreting - Police interviews  
Week 10 Legal Interpreting - Police transcriptions  
Week 11 Legal interpreting - Police Interpreting  
Week 12 Interpreting assessments  
Week 13 Vicarious Trauma    

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The unit is supported online using CANVAS. CANVAS gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to CANVAS can be found on RMIT website:

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

Assessment Tasks

AT1 - Whispered Interpreting Demonstration

AT2 - Reflective Report

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Adjustments to Assessments • If for any reason you have difficulties completing or submitting by the due date, you must contact your coordinator for alternative arrangement:  If you need no more than a week, your coordinator can grant the extension. You must fill in an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK (via and have it signed by your coordinator as proof of granted extension. The completed form must be submitted at least one working day before the official due date of the assessment. Missing any assessment tasks will result in a NOT YET COMPETENT grade for the cluster and is likely to render you ineligible to graduate.  If you need more than a week, you have to apply for University Special Consideration. You must lodge an application online, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official date of assessment. When you apply for Special Consideration for units delivered in a cluster, you must include all units in the cluster in your application. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:   For further information about adjustments to assessments, please see: If your performance has been assessed as unsatisfactory, you can appeal the assessment decision according to the RMIT Assessment Policy and Procedures

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