Course Title: Spanish Language in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish Language in Context

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1279

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017

LANG1295

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9769

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

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.36


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Spanish 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

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 one of two advanced courses taught entirely in Spanish making it a total of eight courses in Spanish offered at RMIT University.

The course will build on your existing knowledge of the Spanish language, social and culture aspects through the study of selected Spanish literature by examining a range of topical issues highlighted in the literature being studied. Through the analysis of a range of authentic materials (short stories, novels, poems), you will be able to analyse the social and cultural context of Spain, and Latin America
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Debate topical social issues in contemporary Spanish speaking cultures with limited or no preparation of the topic using an advanced level of Spanish
  • Communicate confidently and fluently in both oral and written Spanish on a diverse range of topics
  • Analyse and critique the use of the Spanish language in a range of authentic spoken and written materials including short stories and poems
  • Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning

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 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. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through MyRMIT Studies.


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 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).
You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded 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