SPAN 1004 - Spanish IB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The aim of this course is to continue with the 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 1004
    Course Spanish IB
    Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites SPAN 1003
    Incompatible SPAN 1001, SPAN 1002
    Assumed Knowledge Basic knowledge of Spanish as taught in Spanish IA
    Course Description The aim of this course is to continue with the 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 Sergio Holas

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

    1. correctly recognise and use colloquial and academic vocabulary in Spanish in a diversity of life
    2. write compositions in Spanish of up to 600 words.
    3. maintain a basic conversation in Spanish of 15 minutes or longer.
    4. explain situations around him/her, his/her family and country of origin in Spanish.
    5. exchange ideas with other people about the cultures of Spain and Latin America in Spanish.
    6. understand and use more advanced structures of the Spanish grammar.
    7. read, understand and comment short documents in Spanish.
    8. use the internet to further their knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 6, 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 4, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 5 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 4, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5, 7, 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 2
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    - “¿Cómo se dice en español? 2” (Reader). Available from the Image and Copy Centre, Level 1, Hughes Building.

    - Collins Paperback Spanish Dictionary, available from Unibooks.
    Recommended Resources
    Grammar explanations, online tests and audio- practice material available from the following web site:
    Online Learning

    Audio clips and grammar exercises are available from MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The teaching of the course is split into one 2-hour seminar per week (12 weeks) and two 1-hour workshops per week (12 weeks).

    During the 2-hour seminar, the main grammar structures of the Spanish language are introduced, followed by written and oral practices on those grammar points just introduced.

    The workshops are used primarily for oral and aural practice. Oral presentations and tests will take place on the Friday workshops.

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

    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    2 x 1-hour workshops (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    2 hours online practices per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1
    - Question words in Spanish.
    - Expressions of exclamation in Spanish.
    - Conversación: ¡Pregúntenme! / Ask me!

    Week 2
    - Reflexive verbs.
    - Conversación: Mi rutina diaria. / My daily routine.
    - Oral presentations # 1

    Week 3
    - Las formas impersonales de los verbos.
    - Conversación: ¿Qué estamos haciendo esta semana/mes/año?
    - Oral presentations # 2
    - On-line quiz number 1

    Week 4
    - The other past tense: the imperfect.
    - Conversación: ¿Qué hacíamos de niños?
    - Oral presentations # 3
    - Test number 1

    Week 5
    - El pluscuamperfecto.
    - Online quiz number 2

    Week 6
    - The future tense.
    - Conversación: ¡Contemos cuentos!
    - Oral presentations # 4
    - On-line quiz number 3

    Week 7
    - Haciendo conjeturas con el tiempo futuro.
    - The conditional tense
    - Conversación: ¿Qué haré en el futuro? / What will I do in the future?
    Oral presentations # 4

    Week 8
    - Conditional sentences.
    - Conversación: "De tener mucho dinero..." / "If I had lots of money..."
    Oral presentations # 6
    - Test number 2

    Week 9
    - Conditional sentences.
    - The present subjunctive 1
    - Oral presentations # 7
    - On-line quiz number 4

    Week 10
    - The present subjunctive 2 
    - Conversación: ¡Arreglemos el mundo! / Let's fix the world!
    - Oral presentations # 8
    - On-line quiz number 5

    Weeek 11
    - El subjuntivo con expresiones generales
    - Conversación: Y ahora... ¡yo soy el jefe! / And now... I am the boss!
    - Oral presentations # 8
    - On-line quiz number 6

    Week 12
    - El imperativo
    Test number 3
  • 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
    Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
    3 x semester tests Formative and Summative 45% 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
    Oral presentation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
    On-line exercises Formative and Summative 15% 1, 4, 6, 7
    Composition Formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 4, 6, 7,8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is a requirement of the course that students attend all SPANISH IB seminars and workshops. Exemption from attendance may be given by the course coordinator only for medical reasons or for documented cases of personal hardship. If students fail to attend 2 language classes without providing a satisfactory explanation (on medical or compassionate grounds), they will be asked to provide evidence justifying why they should not be excluded from the course. In all cases, the onus is on the student to contact their tutor or the course coordinator, preferably in advance, to explain their absence. If this is not done, it will be assumed that the student concerned is no longer in the course. Students must comply with a minimum 75% attendance through the semester. Those who fail this attendance requirement will not be allowed to sit the last test of the semester nor to submit the composition. For these two task they will receive a mark of cero"0" which will result in a final mark of F (Fail).

    Students must complete/submit all assessment tasks in order to pass this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Participation: all students will be expected to actively participate in all activities and exercises organised in class.

    3 x semester tests: there will be 3 semester tests, which will include all the grammar material, language structures and vocabulary covered in the 3 or 4 weeks preceding each test.

    Oral presentation: students will do a 5-minute oral presentation on a specific topic. The presentation will be organised  around a PowerPoint presentation, written in Spanish.

    On-line quizzes: to reinforce and expand the grammar and vocabulary learned in class, all students will be required to take six weekly on-line quizzes.

    Composition: Students will submit a written composition in Spanish of 600 words on a chosen topic.
    Presentation of Work

    All written work handed in during the semester must include a cover page containing the student information (name, university id number), course information (name of the course, group number to which the student belongs) and the tutors's name.The assignment must be written in Word for Windows 2003 or newer version, using font Times New Roman, size 12 and written at double space. 

    Submission of written assignments

    All written assignments must be submitted electronically to your tutor. The assignment must be sent as an attachment to an e-mail message  sent to your tutor's e-mail address.


    Assignments handed in late will be penalized at the rate of 5 points per calendar day, up to a maximum of 7 days, after which they will automatically receive a mark of zero. These penalties will not apply, however, if an extension has been granted by the tutor or the course coordinator before the due date.

    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 worth 20% or more, 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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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