Course Title: Spanish 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish 4

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1200

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

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

LANG1201

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email: anamaria.ducasse@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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 who studied Spanish outside RMIT must attend a placement test. Please note that enrolments in Spanish courses may be refused on the basis of previous Spanish study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications or abilities may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees. For a placement test email the course coordinator for an appointment.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course is the fourth of eight consecutive course in Spanish offered at RMIT University.

You will further explore Hispanic cultures and societies, and 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

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

  • Communicate in both oral and written Spanish in most social contexts, including narrating childhood, following commands, and be able to describe feelings and emotions
  • Read, interpret and comprehend simple authentic spoken, written and multimedia Spanish materials
  • Apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Identify and describe aspects of the Spanish culture and the relationship between culture and language
  • 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 purchase 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 at myRMIT/studies.

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, final exams etc).


Overview of Assessment

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

  • 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment