Course Title: Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5768C

Course Title: Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE)

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5291 - Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sandra Leane

James Blyth

Nominal Hours: 100

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 is offered in AUSLAN language plan only. It covers skills and knowledge required to undertake interpreting from a source language to a target language in  general monologue settings. It is mainly undertaken in one language direction only. The main focus is to preserve the communicative intent of the message and transfer the meaning using a range of techniques. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS509A Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE)


1. Receive and analyse source message

2. Transfer message to target language

3. Evaluate interpreting performance

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Confirm that setting, context, parties and expectations are consistent with client requirements, assignment agreement and interpreting protocols.
1.2. Attend actively to source utterance, applying strategies to support retention and recall and adjusting physical position to optimise sound reception and visual cues.
1.3. Apply subject and context knowledge to anticipate purpose and intent of source and strategies used to develop ideas.
1.4. Identify and record key information using mnemonic strategies.
1.5. Identify relationships between linguistic and non-linguistic elements, and analyse cultural and other factors affecting meaning.
1.6. Identify limits to addressing problems of understanding or recall and confirm understanding where appropriate in a manner that does not compromise effective delivery.
2.1. Recall information from notes and other mnemonic devices.
2.2. Use rhetorical techniques to transfer the communicative intent into the target language in a timely manner appropriate to audience and setting, and reflecting speaker’s characteristics.
2.3. Recognise and address issues in message transfer associated with the setting, language and concepts.
2.4. Monitor interpreting process to identify when it is necessary to seek assistance or withdraw from assignment
3.1. Evaluate performance in line with issues encountered, assignment requirements and code of ethics.
3.2. Determine personal impact of assignment and identify need for debriefing.
3.3. Consider process improvement strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

 Teachers will use role plays , class quizzes, simulated speeches (incoroporating the use of videos), corporate simulations, and peer observation in class and in guided weekly activities.

Through these activities  students will practise using meaning-based approaches to interpreting, appropriate to the scenario in the class practice.

By reflecting on the theory and practice in tutorials students will experience a range of  techniques and develop analysing skills to deverbalise the source message and reformulate a meaning based interpretation in the target language.

Guided out-of-class activities will develop students’ skills further in both language directions, aiming to develop greater accuracy, standard of expression, style and register, using appropriate stress and intonation.  Students are expected to practice outside of class hours and give peer feedback on their interpreting.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Orientation.  Basic considerations in interpreting monologues.
Week 2 Basic considerations in interpreting monologues. Basic mneomonic techniques. Assessment 1(on-going) starts.
Week 3 Education.
Week 4 Education. Physical positioning for interpreting.
Week 5 Education
Week 6 Health.  Assessing communicative intent.
Week 7 Health
Week 8 Health
Week 9 Health.  The importance of reflecting speaker’s characteristics.
Week 10 Human Services  The importance of reflecting speaker’s characteristics.
Week 11 Human Services
Week 12 Human Services. Submission Assessment 4
Week 13 Assessment 2
Week 14 Assessment 2
Week 15 Review & Consolidation

Week 16 Practical demonstration interpreting assessment

(*) Please note. The topics are indicative only and may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs. 

 Semester 2:

 Week 1 Review of first semester and overview of the second semester.  On-going Assessment 1 resumes.
Week 2 Education.
Week 3 Education.
Week 4 Education
Week 5 Health.
Week 6 Health.
Week 7 Health
Week 8 Human Services.
Week 9 Human Services
Week 10 Human Services
Week 11 Legal and other domains
Week 12 Legal and other domains. Submission of Assessment 4
Week 13 Assessment 3
Week 14 Assessment 3
Week 15 Review & Feedback

Week 16 Practical demonstration interpreting assessment

(*) Please note. The topics are indicative only and may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning materials will largely be generated by the teachers (including professional interpreting texts, video and live simulations, case studies, live observations of  professional speeches and other written and oral/aural materials from the press, Internet, media and government publications etc.) as the module is specifically targeted to practical skills that are necessary to the development of interpreting skills.

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 include, but are not limited to the following:

- Practical demonstrations
- Role plays
- Observation checklists
- Peer review
- Real or simulated interpreting assignments

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1 ( On going during semester)

Students will be observed througout the semester by the teacher as they perform a range of class activities including simulated monologue interpreting from LOTE into English and English into LOTE. The students will then receive feedback on their performance and will be expected to reflect on the feedback and plan an action plan to improve any identified shortcomings.

Assessment Task 2 (Weeks 13-16)

TWO speeches/presentations (one from English into LOTE, one from LOTE into English) to be interpreted (live or video). This task will be used for grading purposes.

 Assessment Task 3 (Week 13-16)

TWO speeches/presentations (one from English into LOTE, one from LOTE into English) to be interpreted (live or video). This task will be used for grading purposes. 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

CHD: Competent with High Distinction

CDI: Competent with Distinction

CC: Competent with Credit

CP: Competent with Pass

NYC: Not Yet Competent


Special Consideration:

Students may apply for Special Consideration on a range of health or compassionate grounds where they experience unexpected or extenuating circumstances.  Information on ‘How to apply for Special Consideration’ can be found at;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui

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Extension of time for submission of assessable work:
Circumstances may arise which prevent students from completing an assessment task on time. In certain circumstances a student may be entitled to apply for an extension to the due date.

Extensions of 7 calendar days or less:
Students seeking an extension of 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the School.

Extensions of greater than 7 working days:

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy , preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.
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Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral, written or visual presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material.

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Complaints Procedure:

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