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TRN4300 - Intermediate interpreting

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Marc Orlando


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


This subject follows on from the Semester 1 subject, TRN4200 Theory and Practice of Interpreting. In this unit, further theoretical studies are introduced along with practical applications. The topics to be covered for this interpreting exercise will have an emphasis on industry, business, politics, general contemporary affairs, education, medicine, tourism, government institutions etc. The development of skills and techniques needed for consecutive interpreting such as techniques of note-taking, sight translation, interpreting numbers, interview interpreting and speech interpreting of approximately 5 minutes will be undertaken. The practical applications in this unit also serve as preparation for further studies in TRN5400 Advanced interpreting.


At the completion of this subject, students should

  1. have gained theoretical knowledge of the various facets of interpreting and an insight into the practical aspects of acting as an interpreter in an industry/social environment ;
  2. have developed the specific skills needed to provide consecutive interpreting of both dialogue and speech.
  3. be able to identify the implicit structural organization of an extemporaneous speech
  4. be able to perceive essential meaning and have further developed note-taking techniques.
  5. have mastered the necessary interpreting skills to deliver a clear, stylish and faithful presentation.
  6. have expanded their active vocabulary to include the terms and idioms frequently used in extemporaneous speeches.
  7. At the end of the course, students are able to interpret passages that are delivered at professional settings, are of moderate difficulty.


Written report or essay (2000 words): 20%
Laboratory tasks (equivalent to 4500 words): 30%
Oral and dialogue interpreting test (equivalent to approximately 2000 words): 20%
Student organised conference in class Time (equivalent to approximately 3,500 words): 30%

Contact hours

Four hours of workshops per week (2 hours per language direction) In addition, 20 hours per week will be spent in assigned interpreting tasks, including 10 hours of compulsory laboratory work.


TRN4040, TRN4200



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