Course Title: Spanish 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

LANG 1200/1201 Spanish 4 (B1 on the CEFR*) is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1184/1185 Spanish 3 or equivalent.  

Students with prior knowledge of Spanish take a written and oral/aural placement test. For a placement test, email the course coordinator for an appointment. 

Note: enrolment in Spanish may be refused based on previous study or abilities, and students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes.  

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 

Course Description

This course is the fourth of six consecutive courses and two advanced culture courses in Spanish offered at RMIT University. 

You will explore Hispanic cultures and societies through artistic expression in sociohistorical context and further develop your communicative skills in the spoken and written language. You will explore Spanish speaking cultures in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning; to be creative and critical in your application of the language to communicate with people of different cultural traditions; and to build on your knowledge to a level where learning can continue to develop in further study or self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) BP332LAN

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems. 
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks. 
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances. 
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles. 
  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms and contexts in the target language. 
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings. 
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 
  • Design, adapt and develop effective communication strategies that promote awareness of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in globalised workplaces. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Communicate in both oral and written Spanish in most social contexts, including narrating childhood, following commands, and be able to describe feelings and emotions 
  2. Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Spanish materials 
  3. Apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning 
  4. Identify and describe aspects of the Spanish culture and the relationship between culture and language 
  5. Discuss your own cultural values and norms, and to make comparison to the Spanish ones, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication. 

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis is placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations. 

Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication. 

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only Spanish. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning 

Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to access a prescribed text and a recommended language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used and made available through our online systems which you can access on Canvas. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve both working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries and final exams).  

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Quiz 10%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3   

Assessment Task 2: Culture presentation, 20 %, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4  

includes group work but individually assessed 

Assessment Task 3: Quiz 20 % CLO1, CLO2, CLO3   

Assessment Task 4: Quiz 20 % CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO 5 

Assessment Task 5: Oral 20% CLO4 and CLO5 

Assessment Task 6: Engagement 10% CLO3 and CLO4

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional assessment task. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.