SPAN 2102 - Spanish IIB
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code SPAN 2102 Course Spanish IIB 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 2101 Incompatible SPAN 2002 Assumed Knowledge Basic knowledge of the Spanish language (emphasis on writing skills) Course Description This course builds on the skills that students mastered in the Intermediate Spanish I course. The main emphasis of this course will continue to be on the development of the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The most complicated aspects of the Spanish language will be emphasised, including the use of the subjunctive mood, and direct and indirect object pronouns. Reading cultural and literary material and writing reports on those readings will be the main activity in this course. Lectures and tutorials will be conducted in Spanish and students will be expected to actively contribute to discussions and oral exercises in the Spanish language.
Approximately 20% of teaching time will be dedicated to the introduction and discussion of specific aspects of the cultures of the Hispanic World, through different types of media including music recordings, video clips, movies and short stories produced both in Spain and Latin America.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jorge Paredes
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to
1. Acquire an advanced level of knowledge and capacity to use the different verbal moods in the Spanish language.
2. Effectively write and use a variety of more complicated sentences and paragraphs in Spanish.
3. Acquire and develop the ability to write essays in the Spanish language.
4. Enhance their ability to independently explore sources to produce oral presentations and essays on topics pertaining to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
5. To prepare for group discussions and oral presentations in Spanish using appropriate technologies as needed.
6.Develop a positive attitude towards reading, writing and speaking in Spanish within different environments (academic, social, familial, etc.)
7. Work in groups to do research on different topics pertaining to the Spanish language and culture and present their findings to an audience.
8. Further develop and enhance the ability to synthetize, analyse and present information in written and oral forms in Spanish following academic conventions.
9. To discern the main cultural differences between the cultures of Australia and the Spanish-speaking world, and to ascertain the positive confluences between the two views of the world in a respectful way.
University Graduate Attributes
No information currently available.
- “¿Cómo se dice en español? 4” (Reader). Available from the Image and Copy Centre,
Level 1, Hughes Building.
- Collins Paperback Spanish Dictionary, available from Unibooks.
Recommended ResourcesGrammar explanations, online exercices, tests and audio- practice material available from the following web site: www.studyspanish.com
Audio clips and grammar exercises are available from MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe teaching is done via seminars and workshops. The seminars focus on the main grammar structures of the Spanish language. The workshops are primarily for oral and aural practice.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 X 2-hour lecture per week 24 hours per semester 2 X 1-hour tutorial per week 24 hours per semester 4 hours homework and assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 12 hours oral presentation preparation per semester 12 hours per semester 24 hours essay writing per semester 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
- Introduction to the course.
- Uses of the infinitive.
- Uses of the gerund.
- Uses of the past partciple as an impersonal verbal form.
- Uses of the preterit and the imperfect.
-Uses of the past participle
- The present subjuntive.
- Uses of the subjunctive I.
-Uses of the subjuntive II.
-The present subjuntive to express commands.
- Introduction to the imperfect subjunctive.
- The imperfect subjunctive and its uses.
- Conditional sentences that use the imperfect subjunctive.
- General review-
Specific Course RequirementsPresentation 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:
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will be organised in groups of 3 to do research on a general topic on the cultures of Spain and/ or Latin America as the basis for a 1000-1200 word essay in Spanish. Each group will produce a report on their findings at the end of week 9 of the semester.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Class participation 10% Formative and summative 10% 1, 4, 5, 6, 8 2 semester tests Summative 40% 1, 2, 6 Research project Formative and summative 10% 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 Oral presentation and discussion Formative and summative 10% 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 Essay Formative and summative 30% 1, 2, 6, 8, 9
Assessment Related RequirementsIt is a requirement of the course that students attend all SPANISH IIB 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 receive a grade of FNS (Fail No Submission).
Students must complete/submit all assessment tasks in order to pass this course.
Assessment DetailParticipation: students engage in interaction in class activities and sharing of materials and information….10% weighting.
Tests: two 1-hour tests on weeks 6 and 12 of the semester (20% X 2) …………………….…………............………. 40% weighting.
1000 word presentation: an oral presentation on Spanish and/or Latin American cultures…………….....…… 10% weighting.
Research project: a small-group-discovery project on the cultures of Spain and Spanish America….….…..... 10% weighting.
Essay in Spanish: students will be required to write a 1000-1200 word essay in Spanish
based on the research-project topic………………………………...…………………………….................................…………….. 30% weighting.
SubmissionInformation available on enrolment.
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.
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