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TRAN8084 – Advanced Consecutive Interpreting

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer
Adelis Huang
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Lecturer
Shiyi Ye
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Shiyi Ye
Adelis Huang
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
80cp in TRAN units at 8000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit teaches consecutive interpreting practice at an advanced level. It enables students to develop their consecutive interpreting skills in three stages: Stage One is devoted to consecutive without note-taking, which is to train students to understand the logic of speeches, the role of memorisation and the importance of discourse analysis. Stage Two requires students to interpret extemporaneous and short speeches (of three minutes) to improve their intensive analytical listening and their understanding of the structural organisation of those speeches. In Stage Three students are required to manage increasingly difficult and challenging speeches of five to 10 minutes duration on commercial, technical and political topics.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply a range of consecutive interpreting skills and strategies for various conference settings.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate research skills and theoretical knowledge for self-assessment.
  • ULO3: Master analytical and communicative skills to interpreting practice.
  • ULO4: Critically analyze, evaluate and reflect on your consecutive interpreting skill development through individual, peer and group assessment.
  • ULO5: Build on problem-solving skills through self-reflection, feedback from instructors, peer review and group evaluation.
  • ULO6: Behave ethically as a professional interpreter and understand his/her social responsibilities in various consecutive interpreting settings and situations.

General Assessment Information

Assessment submission

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How to apply for a late submission of an assignment

All requests for special consideration, including extensions, must be submitted via  https://ask.mq.edu.au/ and provide suitable supporting documentation. Contact your unit convenor first for advice, especially in the case of an emergency or if you are unsure about the extension policy.

 Late Assignment Submission

  • Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 5% of the total mark available for the assignment per day
  • Late submission of an assignment without an extension will not be permitted after marks have been released to the rest of the class.
  • Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the requisite supporting documentation. For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration
  • Assignments submitted after the deadline, regardless of the reason, will be marked and returned at a date determined by the unit convenor.
  • Extensions cannot continue beyond the start of the following semester except under exceptional circumstances, and students should be aware that long extensions may impact graduation dates.  

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Final Examination 50% No Week 14
Mid-term Examination 30% No Week 7
Class Performance 20% No Every week

Final Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Week 14
Weighting: 50%

During the final examination, students will interpret two passages, one from English into Chinese, and one from Chinese into English. Each passage will run for 7 to 10 minutes, equivalent to approximately 900 to 1,200 words. An interpreting brief that covers the topical information of both passages will be published through iLearn one week before the examination date.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply a range of consecutive interpreting skills and strategies for various conference settings.
  • Demonstrate research skills and theoretical knowledge for self-assessment.
  • Master analytical and communicative skills to interpreting practice.
  • Critically analyze, evaluate and reflect on your consecutive interpreting skill development through individual, peer and group assessment.
  • Build on problem-solving skills through self-reflection, feedback from instructors, peer review and group evaluation.
  • Behave ethically as a professional interpreter and understand his/her social responsibilities in various consecutive interpreting settings and situations.

Mid-term Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 30%

During the mid-term examination, students will interpret two passages, one from English into Chinese, and one from Chinese into English. Each passage will run for 5 to 7 minutes, equivalent to approximately 700 to 900 words. An interpreting brief that covers the topical information of both passages will be published through iLearn one week before the examination date.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply a range of consecutive interpreting skills and strategies for various conference settings.
  • Demonstrate research skills and theoretical knowledge for self-assessment.
  • Master analytical and communicative skills to interpreting practice.
  • Critically analyze, evaluate and reflect on your consecutive interpreting skill development through individual, peer and group assessment.
  • Build on problem-solving skills through self-reflection, feedback from instructors, peer review and group evaluation.
  • Behave ethically as a professional interpreter and understand his/her social responsibilities in various consecutive interpreting settings and situations.

Class Performance

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 39 hours
Due: Every week
Weighting: 20%

Students are required to participate in in-class activities. Apart from being engaged in skill development for consecutive interpreting, they are expected to undertake self-assessment, peer review and group discussion in terms of continuously improving their own performance and that of other students.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply a range of consecutive interpreting skills and strategies for various conference settings.
  • Demonstrate research skills and theoretical knowledge for self-assessment.
  • Master analytical and communicative skills to interpreting practice.
  • Critically analyze, evaluate and reflect on your consecutive interpreting skill development through individual, peer and group assessment.
  • Build on problem-solving skills through self-reflection, feedback from instructors, peer review and group evaluation.
  • Behave ethically as a professional interpreter and understand his/her social responsibilities in various consecutive interpreting settings and situations.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Materials used for this unit are largely selected from the Internet in general and YouTube and EU Speech Repository in particular. The learning and teaching strategies used are mainly through face to face interaction between lecturers and students.  Additionally, students will be also encouraged to leverage iLearn for communication and participate in group discussion, peer evaluation and group research project for interpreting assignments.

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Results

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