SPAN 1004 - Introduction to Spanish IB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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 Introduction to Spanish IB
    Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 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 Jorge Paredes

    Course Timetable

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

    1 1-hourlecture per week X 12 weeks
    1 1-hour online lecture X 12 weeks
    2 1-hour tutorials per week X11 weeks

    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 sentences and paragraphs in Spanish of an intermediate-level complexity.
    3. Maintain a basic conversation in Spanish of fifteen minutes or longer.
    4. Talk about present, past and future events in Spanish.
    5. Enhance their understanding and use the grammar structures of the Spanish language.
    6. Read, understand and synthetise 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 online.
    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
    4, 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
    3, 4, 5, 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, 3, 6, 7
    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
    3, 4, 10
  • 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 1-hour in-the classroom lecture per week (12 weeks), 1 online lecture per week and two 1-hour tutorials per week (11 weeks).

    During the 1-hour lecture (in the classroom), the main grammar structures of the Spanish language not covered in Spanish IA are introduced and explained, followed by examples and written exercises time permitting.

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

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

    1 X 1 hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
    1 X 1 hour online lecture 12 hours per semester
    2 X 1 hour tutorials per 11 weeks 22 hours per semester
    3 hours homework completion per week 36 hours per semester
    1 hour online quizzes preparation and completion per week 12 hours per semester
    2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester
    10 hours oral presentation preparation 10 hours per semester
    16 hours composition preparation and writing per semester 16 hours per semester
    12 hours test preparation per semester 12 hours
    Total 156 hours per semester



    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1
    - Introduction to the course.
    - Reflexive verbs.

    Week 2
    - Reflexive verbs.
    - Reciprocal verbs
    - Conversación: Mi rutina diaria.
    - On-line test number 1

    Week 3
    - The present progressive.
    - Conversación: ¿Qué estamos haciendo esta semana/mes/año?

    Week 4
    - Uses of the infinitive.
    - Canción infantil: Escuchar, reconocer vocabulario y traducir.
    - Online test number 2

    Week 5
    - The imperfect tense.
    Conversación: ¿Qué hacíamos de niños?
    - Online test number 3

    Week 6
    - The past progressive.
    - Conversación: ¡Contemos cuentos!
    - In-the-classroom TEST number 1

    Week 7
    - The present perfect.
    - The pluperfect.
    Oral presentations # 1 and 2
    - Online test number 4

    Week 8
    - The future tense.
    - Conversación: "De tener mucho dinero..." / "If I had lots of money..."
    Oral presentations # 3 and 4

    Week 9
    - The conditional tense.
    Oral presentations # 5 and 6

    Week 10
    - Conditional sentences. 
    Oral presentations #7 and 8
    - On-line test number 5

    Weeek 11
    - El subjuntivo con expresiones generales
    - Conversación: Y ahora... ¡yo soy el jefe! / And now... I am the boss!
    - Oral presentations # 9 and 10

    Week 12
    - Uses of the subjunctive
    - In-the-classroom Test number 2
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    All students will do reserach on a specific Spanish-speaking country allocated by the course coordinator. Working in groups of 2, students will narrow down their research to an important aspect of the country they are researching, to prepare an oral presentation, which will take place in the second half of the semester. 
  • 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
    On-line exercises Formative and Summative 20% 1, 4, 6, 7
    Oral presentation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Mid-term test Formative and Summative 30%  1, 2, 4, 6, 8
    Final test Formative and summative 30% 1, 2, 4, 6, 8

    Modified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
    1. Mid-term test - now 20% weighting.
    2. Final test - now 40% weighting.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is a requirement of the course that students attend all SPANISH IB lectures and tutorials. 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 3 language classes in a row 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 tasks 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.

    2 x semester tests: there will be 2 semester tests, which will include all the grammar material, language structures and vocabulary covered in the 6 weeks preceding each test.

    Oral presentation: Working in groups of 2, students will do a 10-minute oral presentation on a cultural topic relevant to the country allocated by the course coordinator. The presentation will be in Spanish and organised  around a PowerPoint presentation, also written in Spanish.

    On-line tests: to reinforce and expand the grammar and vocabulary learned in class, all students will be required to take five on-line tests. Dates for these tests will appear in the "Calendar of Activities" in the course outline.

    Composition: Students will submit a written composition in Spanish of between 600 and 750 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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