SPAN 1004OL - Introduction to Spanish IB

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2021

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 1004OL
    Course Introduction to Spanish IB
    Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    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.

  • 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 in digital format from MyUni to all students enrolled in the course.

    - Collins Paperback Spanish Dictionary
    Recommended Resources
    - Grammar explanations, online tests and audio- practice material available from MyUni.
    - Extra resources availbale online from the following web site: www.studyspanish.com
    Online Learning
    The whole course is offered online.

    Extra grammar, listening comprehension and vocabulary resources may be found at the following websites>:

    https://ave.cervantes.es/

    www.studyspanish.com


  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught 100% on line in an intensive mode.

    The course is taught over a six-week period, from 11 January 2021 to 19 Februray 2021.

    The teaching of the course is split into pre-recorded lectures of 40 minutes each (up to 6 lectures a week), plus real-time, face-to-face tutorials via ZOOM. Tutorials wil be taught in the following timetable:

    Week 1: two tutorials (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Week 2: four tutorials (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Week 3: four tutorials (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Week 4: four tutorials (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Week 5: four tutorials (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Week 6: two tutorials (Monday and Tuesday)

    All tutorials will be taught 6:10 PM to 7:00 PM

    Students are responsible for completing the lectures and the grammar exercises cointained in them, in their own time and before the tutorials.

    The tutorials are used primarily for oral and aural practice. Students are expected to actively participate in all tutorial sessions, without being asked by the tutor to do so.
    Workload

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

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

    6 X 6 hour lectures per week ..................................36 hours per semester
    4 X 1 hour tutorials (weeks 2 to 5)............................16 hours per semester
    2 X 1 hour tutorials (weeks 1 and 6) ..........................4 hours per semester
    4 hours homework completion per week ....................24 hours per semester
    3 hour X 4 online quizzes preparation.......................  12 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week......................................... 18 hours per week
    12 hours mid-term test preparation and completion..... 12 hours per semester
    10 hours oral presentation preparation....................... 10 hours per semester
    10 hours composition preparation and writing..............10 hours per semester
    12 hours test preparation per semester....................... 12 hours per semester 
                                                                             Total 154 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1
    - Reflexive verbs 1
    - Reflexive verbs 2
    - Reflexive verbs 3
    - Reciprocal verbs
    - Conversación: Mi rutina diaria.
    ONLINE TEST #1

    Week 2

    - The two past tenses in Spanish
    - The preterit 1
    - The preterit 2
    - The preterit 3
    - The imperfect tense1
    - The imperfect tense 2
    - Conversación: ¿Qué hacíamos de niños?
    ONLINE TEST #2

    Week 3
    - Uses of the imperfect tense 1
    - Uses of the imperfect tense 2
    - Uses of the imperfect tense 3
    - Review of the structures of the verb "GUSTAR"
    - The verb "GUSTAR" in the past tense.
    - Lo que me gustaba hacer de niño/niña

    - Mid-term test (2 hours)

    Week 4
    - The present progressive / Conjugations
    - Complete sentences using the past progressive.
    - The past progressive / conjugations
    - Questions and answers in the past progressive
    - The past participle (el participio pasivo) / Construction and uses-
    - Irregular verbs in the past participle form
    - Conversación: ¿Qué estamos haciendo esta semana/mes/año?
    ONLINE TEST #3

    Week 5
    - The present perfect tense.
    - Complete sentences using the present perfect.
    - The future tense / Conjugations
    - Irregular verbs in the future tense
    - The conditional tense in Spanish (el tiempo potencial)
    - Expressing desire using the conditional tense.
    ONLINE TEST #4

    Week 6
    - Conditional sentences in Spanish
    - Open conditional sentences
    - Questions and answers with open conditional sentences
    - Hypothetical conditional sentences
    - Questions and answers with hypothetical conditional sentences
    - The preposition "a" and constracyins in Spanish

    FINAL TEST (2 hours) 



  • 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
    Active participation in tutorials......................................10%
    4 online tests (5% each) ..............................................20%
    Oral presentation ........................................................10%  
    Mid-term test ..............................................................30%
    Final test ....................................................................30%
                                                                            TOTAL 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    - It is a requirement of this course that students attend a minimun 80% of tutorial sessions (16 out of 20). Students who fail this requirements will receive a mark of zero for active participation.
    - Students must complete and submit all assessment tasks. The oral presentation, the mid-term test and the final test, are hurdles in this course. Failure to complete any of these task, will result in an automatic fail.

    Assessment Detail
    Participation: all students will be expected to actively participate in all activities and exercises organised in the tutorials.

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

    Oral presentation: Working individually, 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.

    Mid-term test: the mid-semester test will cover all the grammar material and vocabulary learned in the first 3 weeks of the course. Students will also have to write a 250-word composition in Spanish on a topic to be announced in week 1.

    Final test: The final test wil concentrate on the material taught in weeks 4 to 6, but might contain basic questions on the material covered in the first three weeks of the course. Students will also have to write a 250-word composition in Spanish on a topic to be announced in week 1.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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