Course Title: Spanish 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: LANG5495

Course Title: Spanish 3

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3197 - Certificate III 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 Coordinator:

Mrs. Susana Chaves Solís

Tel. 9925 9769

Nominal Hours: 144

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 II in Language (Spanish)/216 hours or equivalent

Course Description

This certificate is completed in one year 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 331 Spanish 3

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

1. Provied information and advice
2. Participate in a casual conversation with customers or colleagues
3. Negotiate a problematic exchange
4. Demonstrate understanding of spoken information, explanations and instructions
5. Write routine workplace instructions
6. Complete standard forms and routine workplace documents
7. Demonstrate understanding of a limited range of workplace texts

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.

Please note that class attendance is crucial both for your success in mastering the Spanish language. There will be no time to go back over a class because someone missed it. You will be required to catch up at home yourself. Please try to attend all classes and please arrive on time!

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 (2-4 March) - Volver a Empezar (Unidad 1)
• Introducción
- hablar de hábitos
- relatar experiencias pasadas: p.perfecto/p.indefinido/p.imperfecto
- hablar del inico y duración de una acción

Week 2 (9-11 March) - Volver a Empezar (Unidad 1)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               - Video Episodio 1
- Localizar una acción en el tiempo
- Perífrasis
- estar + gerundio

Week 3 (16-18March) - Prohibido Prohibir (Unidad 2)
• Video Episodio 2
- Expresar prohibición
- Expresar obligatoriedad
- Expresar Impersonalidad

Week 4 (23-25 March) - Prohibido Prohibir (Unidad 2)
• Video Episodio 3
- Hablar de hábitos
- Cuantificadores

Week 5 (30 March)Mensajes (Unidad 3)
*QUIZ I (Unidades 1-2)
- Al teléfono

++++++ EASTER BREAK (1-7 APRIL) ++++++++

Week 5 (8 April)Mensajes (Unidad 3)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         *ORALPRESENTATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Al teléfono                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - Tomar y dejar recados por teléfono

Week 6 (13-15 April) - Mensajes (Unidad 3)
• Video Episodio 4
- Estrategias de comunicación
- Verbos que resumen la intención de un mensaje
- Trabalenguas

Week 7 (20-22 April) - Va y Le Dice (Unidad 4)
• Video Episodio 5
- Hablar de géneros
- Relatar en presente
- Resumir un argumento

Week 8 (27 -29 April-1) - Va y Le Dice (Unidad 4)
• Video Episodio 6
- Contar chistes
- Pronombres de OD y de OI

Week 9 (4-6 May) - ¡Basta Ya! (Unidad 5)
*QUIZ II (Unidades 3-4)
- Presente de Subjuntivo
- Expresar deseos y reclamaciones y necesidad
- Valorar situaciones y hechos
- Cuando + Subjuntivo

Week 10 (11-13 May)¡Basta Ya! (Unidad 5)
• Video Episodio 7
- Proponer soluciones y reivindicar
- Carta al director
- Ejercicio Hombres y Mujeres

Week 11 (18-20 May) - El Turista Accidental (Unidad 6)
• Video Episodio 8
- Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto
- Referencias y relaciones temporales en el pasado

Week 12 (25-27 May) - El Turista Accidental (Unidad 6)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - Combinar los tiempos del pasado en un relato
- Recursos para contar anécdotas

Week 13 (1-3 June)El turista accidental  (Unidad 6)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             - Hablar de causas y consecuencias
- La vacaciones

Week 14 (8-10 June)
• Repaso

Week 15 (15-17June) 
- ORAL INTERVIEW (All the material covered in the class) 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Corpas, J.,Garmendia, A.and Soriano,C.(2005).Aula Internacional 3. Barcelona: Difusión.


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

Other Resources

RECOMMEND MATERIAL  (You can buy them in RMIT bookshop)
● VerbWheel

● Spanish Verbs & Grammar

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

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. No work will be accepted two or more days after the scheduled due date.

I. Progressive Assessment (50%)
a) Two Short Quizzes (30%) Quiz I. Week 5 (Tues 30 March) (Unidades 1-2 -15%) / Quiz II. Week 9 (Tues 4 May) (Unidades 3-4 - 15%)
b) Oral presentation 20%  Week 4-12

a) The Short Quizzes will consist of short answer questions, short written paragraphs and a listening comprehension passage with true/false short-answers.
b) ) Oral Presentation. You are required to participate in a 4-6 minute presentation in Spanish in front of the class on a topic about FESTIVALS from any Spanish speaking country of your choice. Students are not allowed to read the presentation. You also need to provide your presentation written in Spanish and must be typed and double spaced. Each student will be graded on their own personal performance.

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

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

High Distinction 80- 100 HD
Distinction 70-79 DI
Credit 60-69 CR
Pass 50-59 PA
Fail NN 0-49% NN
Fail DNS Did not complete either or both of the major components of assessment (i.e. project and class tasks)

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 coordinator, Susana Chaves Solís

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