Course Title: Spanish 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: LANG5494

Course Title: Spanish 2

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2162 - Certificate II in Language (Spanish)

Course Contact : Dr. Glenda Meja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3732

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Acting Co-ordinator: Susana Chaves Solís
Tel. 9925 9769

Teacher: María Peña Briceño

Nominal Hours: 108

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Certificate I in Language (Spanish)/108 hours or equivalent

Course Description

This certificate is completed over one semester. Through closed and then open-ended learning activities students establish a basis for development of communicative skills in the spoken and written language, emphasizing the former, and practical knowledge of the culture, in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts. Student-centred drilling, practical and communicative activities and tasks encourage learners to be responsible for their own learning, to be creative and critical in their application of knowledge of the language in order to communicate with people of a different cultural tradition.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LOTE 682 Spanish 2

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Participate in a casual conversation on a familiar topic including past, present and future events 
2. Conduct routine spoken transactions
3. Give simple directions, instructions or explanations
4. Identify specific information in short oral texts 
5. Write a short recount which includes a description 
6. Identify specific information in a short written text 

Details of Learning Activities

Classes are conducted in Spanish and in a tutorial face-to-face format. Grammar and vocabulary are taught through the use of communicative methods such as guided or improvised conversations and hypothetical situations. New grammar is presented regularly through model dialogues, videos and supplementary material. Students practice structure and expression through spoken and written exercises. Cultural understanding is also introduced to further enhance the ideas of language and behaviour and their interrelationship as expressed in the aims of the course.

We will be doing many pair and group activities in which you are expected to participate actively and to use only Spanish. Therefore, regular class attendance is essential for successful completion of the course.

Teaching Schedule

1• El Español y Tú
(Unidad 1)
- verbos reflexivos
- Los hábitos
- Las recomendaciones
- Hablar de motivaciones
2• Hogar, Dulce Hogar
(Unidad 2)
- El verbo gustar, encantar y preferir
- Comparaciones más..que
- Los muebles y las partes de la casa
3• Esta Soy Yo
(Unidad 3)
- Aspecto físico
- El verbo parecerse
- Hablar de relaciones
- Pronombres demostrativos
4• ¿Cómo Va Todo? (Unidad 4)- Saludos y despedidas
- Pedir cosas, acciones y favores
- Pedir y conceder permiso
- Dar excusas o justificarse
- El verbo estar + Gerundio (presente)
5• Guía del Ocio
(Unidad 5)
- Hablar de horarios
- Pretérito Perfecto
- ya/todavía no + Pretérito Perfecto
- Intenciones y proyectos: el verbo ir
6• No Como Carne
(Unidad 6)

- Formas impersonales (se + 3a persona)
- Conectores: y/pero/además
- Pronombres personales de OD
- Los verbos: ser/estar
++++SPRING BREAK (30 August- 3 September)++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
7• Nos Gustó Mucho
(Unidad 7)

- Pretérito Perfecto y Pretérito Indefinido
- Valorar: el verbo parecer
- Pretérito Perfecto y Pretérito Indefinido
- El verbo gustaría.
8• Estamos Muy Bien
(Unidad 8)
- Partes del cuerpo
- Hablar de dolores, molestias y síntomas
- Estados de ánímo
- Los verbos ser/estar
- Dar consejos
9• Antes y Ahora
(Unidad 9)
- Préterito Imperfecto
- Marcadores temporales-presente/pasado
10• Antes y Ahora
(Unidad 9)
- Argumentar y debatir
- Ya no/todavía + presente
11• Momentos Especiales (Unidad 10)- Contraste entre Pretérito Indefinido y Pretérito Imperfecto
- Imperativo
- La posición del pronombre
- Describir una escena
12• Busque y Compare…
(Unidad 11)

- Imperativo
- La posición del pronombre
- Describir una escena
13• Mañana
(Unidad 12)

- Futuro Imperfecto
- Marcadores temporales(futuro)
- Hipótesis sobre el futuro
- Expresar una condición
14• Repaso 
15• Oral Exam
• Listening & Written
All the material covered in the class
Unidades 7-12

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Corpas, J.,Garmendia, A.and Soriano,C.(2005).Aula Internacional 2. Barcelona: Difusión.


Other Resources

RECOMMEND BOOKS  (You can find them in RMIT library)

Bregstein, Barbara (2005). Easy Spanish step-by-step: mastering high-frequency grammar for Spanish proficiency--fast!. Chicago: McGraw-Hill.

Batchelor, Ronald Ernest (2006). A student grammar of Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

Rojas, Jorge Nelson (2003). Gramática esencial: grammar reference and review. Boston: Houghton Mifflin

Zollo, Mike (2005). Interactive Spanish grammar made easy. New York: McGraw-Hill

Overview of Assessment

Language skills will be assessed via written exams or assignments, oral/speaking and aural/listening exams, as well as end-of-semester oral, aural and writing exams.

Assessment Tasks

I. Progressive Assessment (50%)

              a) Two Short Quizzes (20%): They will consist of short answer questions, short written paragraphs and a listening comprehension passage with true/false short-answers.                                                                                                                                                    

              b) Two Written Composition (15%): A short story will be provided in the class for you to read in your own time. You are required to write a dialogue of this reading. This must be written in Spanish and be 300-400 words in length. Upon receiving feedback from your tutor, you will be given the opportunity to make the necessary corrections and to resubmit the dialogue.

              c) Oral presentation ( 15%): you are required to participate in an 8-12 minute presentation in front of the class in Spanish in groups of two on the topic of a a Spanish speaking country. Each student will have 4-6 minutes to present it. Students are not allowed to read the presentation. Each student will be graded individually on their own personal performance (pronunciation, grammar).


II. Final Exams (50%)
               1. Oral Exam (week 15) = 20%
               2. Final Written Exam and Listening Exam (week 15) = 30%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Students are expected to complete all of the major assessments. If absent from an in-class assessment task, students will not be permitted to complete such tasks at a later date without legitimate reason, such as submission of a medical certificate. In such circumstances, re-sit of the task is to be completed at the next scheduled assessment date. Students are required to submit all assessment tasks in the class and keep copies of all works submitted. Work submitted late will be penalised at the rate of 5 per cent of the pertinent mark per day. After 2 days late, no work will be accepted.

High Distinction 80- 100 HD
Distinction 70-79 DI
Credit 60-69 CR
Pass 50-59 PA
Fail NN 0-49% NN

Plagiarism may occur in oral or written presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. All cases of suspected plagiarism in this course will be referred to the Course Coordinator who will decide on the action to be taken. Plagiarism may result in charges of academic misconduct, which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

Any student, who has a grievance in relation to this course, must first discuss the situation with their lecturer and then, if the grievance cannot be resolved at this level, the student should pursue the matter with the program acting co-ordinator Susana Chaves Solís

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