SPAN 3101 - Spanish IIIA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course builds on the skills that students mastered in the intermediate language courses (SPAN 2101 and SPAN 2102). The emphasis of this course will be on the further development of oral and written skills. Students completing this course will acquire a basic level of fluency that will allow them to participate in conversations with native speakers and other students of the Spanish language. Different from early courses, in this one the teaching staff will emphasise the writing of more complex paragraphs, compositions, and documents, and work on the students' ability to report back in oral form on the documents they write. Lectures and tutorials will be conducted in 100% in Spanish and students will be expected to actively contribute to discussions and exercises in the Spanish language.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SPAN 3101
    Course Spanish IIIA
    Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies
    Term Semester 1
    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 2102
    Incompatible SPAN 3001
    Assumed Knowledge Intermediate oral & written knowledge of the Spanish language
    Course Description This course builds on the skills that students mastered in the intermediate language courses (SPAN 2101 and SPAN 2102). The emphasis of this course will be on the further development of oral and written skills. Students completing this course will acquire a basic level of fluency that will allow them to participate in conversations with native speakers and other students of the Spanish language. Different from early courses, in this one the teaching staff will emphasise the writing of more complex paragraphs, compositions, and documents, and work on the students' ability to report back in oral form on the documents they write. Lectures and tutorials will be conducted in 100% in Spanish and students will be expected to actively contribute to discussions and exercises in the Spanish language.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sergio Holas

    Course co-ordinator:

    Dr. Sergio Holas Véliz,
    Room 807, Napier Building
    Phone: 8313 4744
    Office hours: Tuesday 10 to 12 a.m.

    Course Timetable

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

    The timetable and the teaching rooms are as follows:

    Seminar: Monday 9 - 11 a.m.: EM213
    Workshop 1: Wednesday 10 to 11 a.m.: Med School South: SG11
    Workshop 2: Thursday 14:00 to 15:00 p.m.: Schulz 415

    The course will consist of 3 contacts hours. There is an hour in which the student MUST see a film and respond to general questions that set the ground for the third contact hour (workshops) that will be called "intercambio oral".

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of how and when to use Spanish expressions referring to the body
    2 Demonstrate ability to distinguish the two main verbal moods of the Spanish language
    3 Make effective use of Spanish lexicon in the right context
    4 Appreciate the diversity and richness of the use of the Spanish language in specific contexts
    5 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Subjunctive Mood
    6 Demonstrate the capacity to make oral presentations in Spanish
    7 Demonstrate ability to work cooperativelly with peers and to communicate effectively with them in Spanish
    8 Demonstrate ability to listen and understand films in the Spanish language
    9 Demonstrate confidence in writing abstracts or reports in the Spanish language
    10 Demonstrate confidence in presenting one's own arguments in Spanish both in oral and written forms
    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, 2, 3, 5, 9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 6, 9
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 7, 10
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 7, 8, 10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 9, 10
    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, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required resources will be available in MyUni.

    The official dictionary for this course is the Collins Spanish Concise Dictionary. Although this is not a required book in this course, it is highly recommended that you buy your own copy. It would be needed for more advanced courses in Spanish. It is available from UNIBOOKS.

    Spanish Grammar Collins GEM is the official recomended book for extra help with your grammar. It is also available from UNIBOOKS.

    The Barr Smith Library has a number of Spanish-English dictionaries in its reference section.  When preparing assignments, it is a good habit to work with dictionaries and other reference books around you. If you are thinking of purchasing a dictionary, there are several possibilities, depending on your budget.
    Recommended Resources
    I recommend you to expose yourself to the language and Spanisnh culture through watching films, listening to music (there is polenty of types in each single country) and specially the arts and sciences. In order to develop your listening skills is paramaount that you listen to Spanish or Latin American radios or the SBS radio. There are many sites on the worldweb that you can acces. I can help you to select the best, simply let me know.

    There are 3 main Learning Resources that will allow you to open a door into Spain and Latin America as well as Amerindia:

    1. Latin American Network Information Center, University of Texas:
    This is a vast internet site with ample resources on countries, economy, education, government, media, culture, communication, science, society and many other aspects of these cultures. It is in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

    2. Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales. CLACSO.
    This is also a vast internet site with information in Spanish in all of the above mentioned areas. It also funds research in Social Sciences. It is the most important site to know what research is being done now in all Latin American countries.

    3. Library of the Congress - Hispanic Reading Room:
    This is the primary access point for research to the Caribbean, Latin America, and Iberia; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage; including Latinos in the USA, and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia and Oceania.
    Online Learning
    All class material will be available in MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Course components

    The course will be divided in three sesions:

    1 hour a week (Seminario) will be dedicated to the study of the Spanish grammar & lexicon. Material from external sources will be used to suplement the grammar & lexicon explanations.

    The second hour will be devoted to set the context and problems shown in Machuca and El secreto de sus ojos.

    The Workshop will providing the opportunity to have the "intercambio oral" in which in depth discussion about the predominant themes of the films shoul take place.

    It is assumed that students will review and become familiar with the material covered in advance in preparation for all sessions. Each part will also contain some issues that are likely to be new or less familiar.

    The language tutorials have the following objectives:

    a) To make oral presentations based on the Sesion 2.
    b) To develop the necessary skills to orally discuss specific topics in Spanish .
    c) To improve oral expression and understanding of spoken Spanish.
    d) To immerse students in more complex contexts in which the Spanish languahge is used.
    e) To build confidence in presenting and defending one's personal viewpoints in Spanish.

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

    1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    5 hours reading in Spanish per week 60 hours per semester
    2 hours writing in Spanish per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 144 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary

    Semana 1
    Introduccion al curso.

    Semana 2
    Seminario: PUBLIC HOLIDAY

    Workshops (3rd hour): (VER) Machuca 1. Temas y contexto.

    Semana 3
    Gramática: Repaso del uso del pretérito e imperfecto.
    Léxico: La palabra "time" y sus equivalentes en español.

    VER: Machuca 2. Temas y contexto.

    Intercambio oral. Preguntas: ¿Qué procesos (sociales, ideológicos) ocurren en la escuela?

    Semana 4
    Léxico: Expresiones con las partes del cuerpo. Equivalentes de "to know".

    VER: Machuca 3. Temas y contexto.

    Workshop: Intercambio oral. Preguntas: ¿Qué rol juega el padre McEnroe? ¿Qué desea ampliar en sus alumnos?

    Semana 5
    Gramática: Usos de Ser y estar.

    VER: Machuca 4.

    Workshop: Intercambio oral.

    Semana 6
    Seminario: PUBLIC HOLIDAY

    Workshop:                                        Mini-Test 1: Escribir un resumen, en el taller, de Machuca. (50 minutos)


    Semana 7:
    Gramática: Verbos con construccion especial: gustar, doler y similares.

    VER: El secreto de sus ojos 1. Temas y contexto.

    Workshop: Intercambio oral.

    Gramática:Los diminutivos, los aumentativos y los despectivos.
    Léxico: Equivalentes de "but" en español.

    VER: El secreto de sus ojos 2. Temas y contexto.

    Workshop: Intercambio oral.

    Semana 9
    Gramática: El subjuntivo 1.

    VER: El secreto de sus ojos 3. Temas y contexto.

    Workshop: Intercambio oral.

    Semana 10
    Gramática: El subjuntivo 2.

    VER: El secreto de sus ojos 4. temas y contexto.

    Workshop: Intercambio oral.

    Semana 11:
    Gramática: Influencia del inglés. Equivalentes de "to ask" en español.

    Workshop:                                             Mini-Test 2. Escribir un resumen de El secreto de sus ojos en el taller. (50 minutos)

    Semana 12
    Seminario:                                            TEST FINAL (90 minutos).

    Workshop: NO HAY.

    Small Group Discovery Experience

    In all workshops there will be an opportunity to discover something new. It may be a new perspective into something that we though to be otherwise, it may be a completely new view. This experience will allow to see what otherwise is obscured by our own culture. This obscuring may be predjudice or simply that we think we know something. When conversing about the theme we are able to identify in Machuca and El secreto de sus ojos the aim is to be able to see and explore new aspects related to those themes. There is a great poet in the english language that once said:

                                If the doors of perception were cleansed, the world would be anew. (William Blake)

  • 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% 1-10
    Intercambio Oral Formative and Summative 20% 1-10
    Mini-tests Formative and Summative 30% 1-10
    Final Test Formative and Summative 40% 1-10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is a requirement of the course that students attend all SPANIIIA 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 courses without providing a satisfactory explanation (on medical or compasionate grounds), they will be asked to provide evidence justifying why they should not be excluded from the course. In al cases, the onus is on student to contact to contact the coordinator, preferibly in advance. Students must comply a minimum 75% attendance through the semester.

    Students must complete/submit all assessment tasks in order to pass this course. Failing to submit one or more assessment tasks will result in the student receiving a final grade of FNS (Fail No Submission).
    Assessment Detail
    Your final result in this course will be determined on the following basis:

    Participation:                                    10%
    Intercambio oral:                              20%
    2 Mini-Tests (Writing Resúmenes):   30%
    Final Test:                                         40%
    All work must be submitted the due date to the lecturer personally and at the beginning of the seminar.
    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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