Course Title: Interpreting Skills and Techniques (Auslan)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 031748

Program: C5116

Course Title: Interpreting Skills and Techniques (Auslan)

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 190.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Term1 2007

Course Contact: Sedat Mulayim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9920

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Course Description

Through lectures, group work, role-playing and practical sessions, students partake in intensive dialogue practice in areas relevant to paraprofessional dialogue interpreting (e.g. education, health, welfare, business, immigration, tourism, police/legal etc.). Students will be trained in techniques to facilitate accurate and impartial transfer of meaning across their pair of languages.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of a bilingual intake test.

National Competency Codes and Titles


Interpreting Skills and Techniques (Auslan)

Learning Outcomes

1. Prepare effectively for interpreting dialogues, and employ effective research skills
2. Practise Auslan skills appropriate to domain in which dialogue takes place
3. Practise features of Auslan appropriate for communicating in dialogues with clients in a face-to-face situation. Practise features of manually represented English appropriate for communicating in dialogues with clients in a face-to-face situation.
4. Practise receptive comprehension of specific aspects of Auslan, outlined in elements 1, 2 &3 (above) appropriate to interpreting using telecommunication technologies.
5. Practise “transfer skills”, including a range of comprehension, memory and interpreting skills and strategies, to effectively and accurately transfer spoken & signed messages across the learner’s pair of languages in both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting modes.
Employ effective and appropriate interpersonal /social communication skills.
6. Practise techniques and strategies for effectively dealing with situational, cultural and communication problems arising in the course of dialogue interpreting.
Employ effective and appropriate intercultural behavioural communication skills.
7. Practise producing bilingual dialogues in selected domains implementing all 6 elements above.

Overview of Assessment

NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) Accreditation Examination (100%)
This examination is conducted and assessed according to NAATI criteria. Students are to interpret 2 dialogues in 2 selected domains. Students must achieve a grade of 70% or above in order to pass this course and to be recommended to NAATI for accreditation.