Course Title: Use routine legal terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: LANG5864C

Course Title: Use routine legal terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5364 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Course Contact: Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Available in Spoken language program only.

Japanese group
Atsuko Taniguchi (

Mandarin group
Linzi Lai (

Korean group
Anna H Lee Kim (

Arabic: Mueen Albreihi (

Dari : Enayatullah Zara (

Karen : TBA

Vietnamese: Trang (Amanda) Ho-Pham (  

Nominal Hours: 25

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 understand and use routine legal terminology in English and a LOTE sufficient to interpret between the two languages in dialogue or monologue settings in routine legal and general policing contexts.

This unit applies to those working as interpreters in a range of routine legal and general policing contexts. The interpreter may be required to interact with members of the general public interacting with police, lawyers, the judiciary and court staff.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster as follows:

Terminology cluster (spoken languages):

  • LANG5863C Use routine health terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)
  • LANG5864C Use routine legal terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS048 Use routine legal terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)


1. Identify the context of legal terminology

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify key features of the legal and judicial system, including key people and institutions.

1.2 Describe standard procedures specific to communication in legal and policing contexts.

1.3 Outline the role and responsibilities of interpreters and others in legal and policing contexts.

1.4 Identify social, cultural and professional conventions of English and LOTE appropriate to legal and judicial contexts.

1.5  Explain the consequences of oral rendition of fixed texts and incorrect legal terminology.


2. Develop understanding of legal terminology

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise and explain routine legal terminology and key legal concepts and processes in English and LOTE.

2.2 Establish standard translations for fixed text encountered in policing and judicial contexts that correctly reflect underlying common law principles.

2.3 Research and develop knowledge of legal terminology in English and LOTE.

2.4  Use clear pronunciation of legal terminology.


3. Use appropriate oral or signed communication in legal contexts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Receive and understand oral or signed questions and answers using English and LOTE legal terminology.

3.2 Seek clarification of correct use and meaning of terms and associated processes.

3.3 Use a range of English and LOTE legal vocabulary and expressions correctly in interpreting.

3.4  Apply prosodic features, gestures and body language appropriate to the legal and policing context.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this unit include; relevant contextual studies/research, building relevant terminology in English and LOTE, practical demonstration of terminology in simulate monologue and/or dialogues interpreting settings. 

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule to be provided by the program coordinator or instructors.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The unit is supported online using Blackboard. The Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to Blackboard can be found at myRMIT

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

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.

Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • teacher directed class activities
  • practical exercises
  • group discussions and debates
  • real or simulated monolingual interviews and dialogues
  • recorded speeches and summaries of speeches

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks (AT)

AT1: Reading and research: Blackboard online references

AT2: Bilingual terminology building ( group work) Students will be required to complete bilingual terminology list and submit the list with audio recording file. Detailed instruction will be provided by the program coordinator. Submission due Week 12 or 13 or as instructed.

AT3: Demonstration of terminology in interpreting ( this will be co-assessed in the interpreting assessments of LANG5856C Interpret in general dialogue settings, and LANG5857C Interpret in general monologue settings.)

Assessment Matrix

  AT1 (online reading and quiz)   AT2 (Build bilingual terminology: texts and audio)  AT3( demonstration of terminology in interpreting)
 Identify the context of legal terminology  X  X  X
 Develop understanding of legal terminology  X  X  
 Use appropriate oral or signed communication in legal contexts    X X

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:
CA (Competency Achieved)
NYC (Not Yet Competent)
DNS (Did Not Submit)

All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.
Learning Resources
RMIT Library
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Assessment Tasks : Applying for an Extension 
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission. 
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly. 
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application. 
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration 
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: 
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include: 
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or, 
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
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Special Consideration:

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