Spanish 1

Subject SPAN10001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours- 2 x 1.5 hour tutorial and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Lara Anderson



Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with the necessary language and intercultural skills to communicate in every day personal situations in Spanish. Students are introduced to basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, which allow them to talk and write about the self. By the end of the semester, students will be able produce a number of descriptive, personal texts, such as emails, letters, and family profiles. Writing strategies, such as Spanish word order, combining sentences and use of bilingual dictionaries will assist in developing descriptive writing skills in Spanish. Students will also learn to converse about the self in a number of different informal situations. Important cultural information about interpersonal relations, notions of the family and home will enable students to communicate appropriately in this context. Students are also introduced to the diversity of the Hispanic World in this course and develop awareness and understanding of cultural identities throughout the Hispanic World. Students will work with authentic material such advertisements and short written texts in order to develop both this appreciation of the wide range of identities, which make up the Hispanic World and to further develop their reading and listening skills.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to produce simple written descriptive texts about the self in Spanish;
  • be able to conduct everyday social conversations in Spanish;
  • have a basic understanding of the different cultural identities that make up the Hispanic World;
  • be familiar with Hispanic cultural traditions and practices, and appreciate diversity;
  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet’
  • have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and others and of cross-cultural exchange;
  • be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads;
  • have developed analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organise and integrate information;
  • have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
  • 2 written assignments (600 words each) during semester [30%]
  • Oral presentation (equivalent to 400 words) during semester [10%]
  • Online work (equivalent to 400 words) during semester [10%]
  • 1 Oral exam (equivalent to 800 words) in week 11 [20%]
  • 2-hour final written exam (equivalent to 1200 words) during exam period [30%]

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Blitt, Mary Ann & Casas, Margarita , Exploraciones, 2nd Edition, 2016

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • developed their intercultural skills;
  • developed their analytical thinking and interpretative skills;
  • an ability to appreciate different cultural contexts present in the Hispanic World;
  • developed their time management and planning skills.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish Major
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): Spanish - Entry Point 1

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