SPAN 1003 - Introduction to Spanish IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

The aim of this course is to provide an introductory study in the vocabulary and structures of Spanish, and to develop a functional level of communicative proficiency in the language. The course seeks to develop all the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also be introduced to various aspects of the society and culture of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries in Latin America through audio and video extracts and short texts. The emphasis throughout will be on communicative skills both oral and written.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SPAN 1003
    Course Introduction to Spanish IA
    Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible SPAN 1001, SPAN 1002
    Assumed Knowledge No previous language experience required
    Course Description The aim of this course is to provide an introductory study in the vocabulary and structures of Spanish, and to develop a functional level of communicative proficiency in the language. The course seeks to develop all the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also be introduced to various aspects of the society and culture of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries in Latin America through audio and video extracts and short texts. The emphasis throughout will be on communicative skills both oral and written.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jorge Paredes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    3 recorded lectures (40 minutes each) to be accessed via MyUni per week X 12 weeks
    2 One-hour tutorials per week X12 weeks in real time, via Zoom.

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from the Course Planner at
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

    1. Correctly recognise, pronounce and use a wide variety of vocabulary in Spanish.
    2. Write complete sentences and short paragraphs in Spanish.
    3. Maintain a basic conversation in Spanish of ten minutes or longer.
    4. Provide basic information about their country of origin in Spanish.
    5. Understand and use the basic structures of the Spanish grammar.
    6. Read and understand basic documents in Spanish.
    7. Use the internet to further their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
    8. Complete assessment tasks and language practices using digital technologies.
    9. Work collaboratively with their peers in group assignments and practices to improve their use of the Spanish language.
    10. To discover cultural differences between Australia and the Spanish-speaking world, and to make respectful comparisons between the two worldviews.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    6, 7, 10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 3, 4, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4, 7, 10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    - “¿Cómo se dice en español? 1” (Reader). Available in digital form only. Available from MyUni to all students enrolled in the course.
    - Collins Paperback Spanish Dictionary.
    Online Learning
    - Grammar explanations, online tests and audio- practice material will be available from the following
    web site:

    - Audio clips and grammar exercises are available from MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    - The teaching of this course is split into three lectures (40 minutes each, prerecorded and available from MyUni to all students enrolled in the coruse, from week 1 of the semester), and two one-hour tutorials per week (12 weeks) delivered live via zoom.

    - Tutorials begin in week 1 of the semester.

    - Lectures will deal with the main grammar structures and they will contain exercises and practices that students must complete on their own time.
    - Tutorials are used for oral and aural practice in Spanish.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    3 X 40 minute lectures per week  24 hours per semester
    2 x 1-hour tutorials per week 24 hours per semester
    4 hours homework completion per week  48 hours per semester
    3 hour online-quizzes preparation and completion (5 weeks)  15 hours per semester
    2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester
    19 hours test preparation and completion per semester 20 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 154 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1

    - The Spanish alphabet and Spanish pronunciation.
    - The verb “llamarse” and greetings. 

    Week 2  

    - Personal pronouns. 
    - Numbers 1-100.
    - Names of the days of the week. / Names of the months

    Week 3 

    - Gender and number of substantives. 
    - Family members and relations. 
    - The verb “vivir”.

    Week 4  

    - Telling age / Birthdays / Telling “how many”.
    - Giving basic personal information in Spanish. 
    - Countries and nationalities.

    Week 5 

    - The verb “gustar” and similar verbs. 

    Week 6

    - Talking about daily activities: the present tense. 

    Week 7

    - The verb “tener” and idiomatic expressions. 

    Week 8 

    - The verb “querer” and its uses. 

    Week 9

    - The past tense: Regular verbs in the “pretérito”. 

    Week 10 

    - The past tense: Irregular verbs in the “pretérito”. 

    Week 11 

    - Describing in Spanish: adjectives. 

    Week 12

    - The present perfect tense.

    Specific Course Requirements
    This course is aimed at students with no previous knwdlege of the Spanish language. Students who already speak the language, or have completed three years of Spanish studies at High School level, must sit a placement test in Orientation Week (last week of February 2021) to decide whether they can enroll in SPAN 2101: Spanish IIA.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Class participation  Formative and Summative 10% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,10
    Online quizzes (6 at 5%  each) Summative 30% 5, 7, 8
    Mid-semester test Summative 30% 1, 2, 5
    Final test Formative and Summative 30% 1, 2, 5, 6

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attend and participate actively in all tutorials. Students must achieve a minimun 80% attendance to tutorials in order to pass this course. Those who fail this attendance requirement will receive a mark of zero for attendance and participation. As soon as a student fall below the 80% attendance requirement, they will not be allowed to take any remainning online tests nor the final test.

    For online tutorials, students must turn their video on for the duration of all tutorials. Failing to do so will result on the student marked as being absent.
    Assessment Detail
    Participation: students engage in interaction in class activities and sharing of materials and information.

    Online tests: students will be required to complete online language tests on specific weeks
    for a total of 6 quizzes. Each test will include questions on the material taught in the previous one or two weeks, according to the "Calendar of Activities", and when in the semester the teat falls.

    Mid-term test: A two-hour test to take place in week 7 (on all the material covered in weeks 1 to 6). Students will have to write a 200-word composition as part of the mid-term test.

    Final test: A two-hour test, which will include all grammar material and vocabulary lists covered through the semester.
    It will take place in week 13. Students will have to write a 300-word composition as part of the final test.
    Presentation of Work

    All written work handed in during the semester must be clearly labelled with the student’s name and ID number, course name and the name of the staff member for whom it is intended. If the assignment is a composition, it should be written on alternate lines (double spaced, if typed, and in a font size no less than 12), for greater clarity and to allow ample room for correction.

    Submission of written assignments

    All written assignments must be submitted directly to your tutor, at the beginning of the seminar on the week the assignment is due according to the “Program of Activities”, a copy of which will be included in the course reader.


    The online quizzes will have to be completed and submitted between Friday night and Monday night of the corresponding week. If you have a problem when completing a quiz (computer crash, internet service interruption, screen freeze up, etc.), you must notify the course coordinator immediately and await for his response, telling you the time when you can take the quiz again. Students who don’t complete and submit the quizzes during the allocated time (Friday night to Monday night) will receive a mark of cero for that quiz.
    Extensions will only be granted on medical grounds (medical certificate required) or in documented cases of hardship. Please note that under no circumstances will assignments be accepted for marking after the corrected work has been returned to the rest of the class.

    University policy now requires that for pieces of assessment greater than 20%, students applying for extensions for coursework tasks must fill in and submit the “Assessment Task Extension” form to the School of Humanities office, attaching the necessary documentation. The forms can be found at the following URL:

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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