Spanish 5

Subject SPAN30014 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week (2 x 1.5 hour tutorials)
Total Time Commitment:

9 hours per week, including 3 hours of class time. Total 108 hours per semester.


Spanish 4 or Spanish Intermediate Language / Culture B or SPAN20020 Intensive Intermediate Spanish or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): SPAN10004 or SPAN20003 or SPAN20020 or 116-171 or 670-244



Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

SPAN10005 / SPAN20018 Spanish 5; SPAN20018 Spanish Post-Intermediate 2A; SPAN30014 Spanish Post-Intermediate 3A; SPAN10005 LaTrobe-Spanish Language & Culture 1A; 922005 LaTrobe-Spanish Language & Culture 1A

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Vicente Perez De Leon


Subject Overview:

In this subject, students will continue to develop their linguistic and cultural competence in Spanish. They will also advance their skills in textual analysis, with a special focus on the long tradition of testimonial texts (testimonios), both in recent Spanish and Latin American history. Through the study of first-person narratives, students will learn how to create and use authentic Spanish and Latin American cultural materials. This will allow them to produce and defend their own first-person testimonies in the shape of both formal (class presentation of personal experiences) and informal contexts (personal blogs, etc.). Through these activities students will gain an appreciation of the cultural and historical realities that have shaped the Spanish and Latin American modern and contemporary world. They will develop an understanding of the principles of first person testimonies, and will learn how to present and articulate their own ideas, both in oral and written forms. In addition, students will become confident in the use of vocabulary, sentence and text structures utilised in different contexts (formal and informal), as presented in diaries and journal articles, short and long narratives, and visual texts.


At the end of this subject students will:

  • Be able to identify Spanish linguistic and cultural realities as presented in contemporary and historical testimony, texts
  • Be able to use primary and secondary sources in sophisticated class presentations in Spanish about multiculturalism.
  • Be able to use authentic cultural materials and produce their own testimonios, including a meta reflective section on their use of primary and secondary sources
  • Be able to intellectually reflect upon the reasons of the interaction with the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world by both researching about, and engaging in activities involving direct contact with Spanish native speakers beyond the classroom
  • Be able to develop, present and defend sophisticated ideas in the format of an essay presentation to other Spanish speakers through blogs and other communicative tools
  • A testimony project presentation and a class debate (10 minutes) due during the semester [10%]
  • A 800 words final essay with a focus on a specific meta-analytical reflection on the testimony research process due end of the semester [10%]
  • Two class assignments (400 words each) due during the semester [20%]
  • Two 1 hour tests(700 words each) due during the semester [35%]
  • A final exam, 1.5 hours (equivalent to 1000 words) during the examination period [25%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Martín Peris, Ernesto y Neus Sans. Aula Internacional 4. Editorial Difusión. Barcelona:2005.
  • Subject Package (To be Announced)
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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Research: through frequent use of the library and other information sources,
  • Self-reflecting on own critical ideas as contrasted with both primary and secondary sources
  • Critical thinking and analysis: through selected required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments
  • Critical reading of fictional, essays and historical texts: through in-class group reading and understanding of the internal logic of testimonial texts,
  • Developing textual analysis strategies: through essay, linguistic and cultural practice exercises and assignment writing.
  • Presenting and defending critical ideas: through guided class presentations and class participation.
  • Meta-reflection on usage and familiarization with sophisticated Information literacy skills: through analysis and interpretation of short texts
  • Understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Spanish)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Spanish Major
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies

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