Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitTranslation Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jim Hlavac


Previously coded TRN4200


This unit consists of two components:

  1. An introduction to the theory, principles and techniques of interpreting and an overview of ethical and professional issues;
  2. The practice of consecutive interpreting: dialogue interpreting and speech interpreting.

Topics to be covered include an overview of the history, of the essential theoretical concepts and of the ethical principles of interpreting; aspects of speaking, listening and non-verbal communication fundamental to consecutive interpreting.


This unit aims at developing key interpreting techniques expected of a professional interpreter. It also enables students to acquire background knowledge for the various socio-cultural contexts for interpreting in Australia.

Upon completion of the unit, students should have gained:

  1. the basic techniques of interpreting in a dialogue mode and of providing consecutive interpreting of speeches,
  2. all the skills of analytic reading and listening, memorization, note-taking, and they should be able to apply them to the different modes of interpreting,
  3. an understanding of ethics of the profession and of their appreciation in various interpreting situations,
  4. a socio-cultural knowledge for the various domains of interpreting in Australia,
  5. an appreciation of the history of the interpreting profession, in Australia and worldwide.


Class exercises and participation: 15%
Written essay: 10%
Professional folio
(mock conference report, glossaries, research): 15%
Practice exams in consecutive interpreting (speech and dialogue interpreting): 20%
Final exams in consecutive interpreting(speech and dialogue interpreting):40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Students have 6 contact hours per week, consisting of either two 2-hour seminars and one 2-hour workshop or one 2-hour seminar and two 2-hour workshops.


The parallel core unit, APG4814 can be taken concurrently or, for part-time students, in the preceding year.