Course Title: Spanish 3

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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 Co-ordinator: Susana Chaves Solís
Tel. 9925 9769

Teacher: Susana Lojko

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!

Students are required to turn off their mobile phones during the class.

Teaching Schedule

1• Introducción
• Tenemos que Hablar
(Unidad 7)
Expresar intereses y sentimientos
2• Tenemos que Hablar
(Unidad 7)
- Mostrar desacuerdo
- Suavizar una expresión de desacuerdo
- Contraargumentar
3• De diseño
(Unidad 8)
- Frases relativas con preposición
- Describir el funcionamiento de algo
- Los superlativos
4• De Diseño
(Unidad 8)
- Modificadores del adjetivo
- Las frases exclamativas
5• Misterios y Enigmas (Unidad 9)- Hipótesis y conjeturas
- Relatar sucesos misteriosos
- Futuro Simple y Futuro compuesto
6• Misterios y Enigmas (Unidad 9)- Uso del Indicativo y el Subjuntivo para expresar grados de seguridad
- Los verbos creer/creerse
(30 August-3 September)
7• Buenas Noticias
(Unidad 10)
- La voz pasiva
- Redactar una noticia
- Verbos de transmición
8• Buenas Noticias
(Unidad 10)
- La voz pasiva
- A redactar una noticia
- Verbos de transmisión
9• Yo Nunca lo Haría
(Unidad 11)
- El Condicional
- Aconsenjar y sugerir
- Opinar sobre acciones y conductas
10• Yo Nunca lo Haría
(Unidad 11)
- Evocar situaciones imaginarias
- Expresar desconocimiento
- Pretérito Perfecto del Subjuntivo
11• América
(Unidad 12)

- Recursos para narrar acontecimientos del pasado
- Usos del Presente del Subjuntivo
- Cómo expresar conocimiento- desconocimiento sobre un tema
12• América
(Unidad 12)

- Recursos para narrar acontecimientos del pasado
- Usos del Presente del Subjuntivo
- Cómo expresar conocimiento- desconocimiento sobre un tema
13• Literature 
14• Repaso/Oral Exam All the material covered in the class
15• Written & Listening Exams Unidades 11-12

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


● 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

 English-Spanish and Spanish English Dictionary.

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

1.  TwoShort Quizzes : will consist of short answer questions, short written paragraphs and a listening comprehension passage with true/false short-answers.

2.Oral Presentation : will be an 8-12 minute presentation in Spanish in groups of two on a particular Spanish film. The presentation will take place in front of the class, and must be interactive; you need to involve the rest of the class. Students are not allowed to read the presentation. Each student will be graded individually and each student will have 4-6 minutes to present. One student will narrate the synopsis of the film and the other student will narrate the favour scene.

II. Final Exams
1. Listening and Written Exam
2. Oral Exam

Assessment Matrix

 I. Progressive Assessment (45%)

a) Two Short Quizzes (30%)Quiz I. Week 5 (Thurs 19 August) (Unidades 7 & 8)
Quiz II. Week 9 (Thurs 23 Sept) (Unidades 9 & 10)

15%  each quiz

b) Oral Presentation Week 4-11 (Every Tuesday)15%

II. Final Exams (55%)
1. Listening and Written Exam (week 15) = 35%
2. Oral Exam (week 15) = 20%


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


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

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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