Language and Diction Spanish

Subject 740-151 (2008)

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Credit Points: 6.250
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 two-hour class per week
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours
Prerequisites: For non-voice majors, permission of the coordinator
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: 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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Professor John Griffiths
Subject Overview:

Areas covered include Spanish phonetics, pronunciation, basic grammar (including the conjugation of verbs in the present, present perfect and past tenses), dictionary usage for literal translation of texts being prepared for recital, and language coaching in these songs.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • pronounce and sing texts in Spanish with confidence
  • understand the basics of grammatical syntax for literal translation and interpretation of texts
  • read and pronounce with accuracy an un-sighted text.

Assessment: Performance of at least two selected songs by the end of semester (50%); preparation of both literal and polished translations of assigned texts due during the semester (30%); active class participation including completion of oral and written exercises (20%)
Prescribed Texts: Essential materials will be distributed in class or made available on the internet
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • perform confidently in a language other than English, especially in public
  • understand aspects of a diverse culture through its language and song
  • understand the processes involved in the preparation of song material in a European language other than English
  • apply their knowledge to prepare any song repertoire in Spanish
  • transpose knowledge of Spanish to enhance their understanding of English and other European languages
  • utilise cognates as a means of expanding vocabulary across a wide range of European languages.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music (Performance)
Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Laws
Diploma in Music (Practical)
Diploma in Music (Practical)

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