Course Title: Spanish 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish 5

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, level 5, Room 45

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LANG 1207/1208 Spanish 5 (B2.1 on the CEFR*) is open to students who have successfully completed LANG 1200/1201 Spanish 4 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. Please contact the course coordinator to organise a placement test.

* 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:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

This course is the fifth of six consecutive courses and two advanced culture courses in Spanish offered at RMIT University. It can be taken concurrently with Spanish Language and Society or serve as a prerequisite for Spanish Language in Context.

You will have the opportunity to broaden your interest and knowledge of Hispanic cultures and societies by exploring elements of national and regional gastronomy. All classes will be delivered in Spanish, and emphasis will be placed on the development of oral fluency and aural competency, as well as your written ability in the Spanish language.

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning, be creative and critical in your application of knowledge of the language, and to build on your knowledge to a level where learning can continue to develop in further studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written Spanish on familiar topics in most social and vocational contexts
  • Reflect on and begin to use a variety of registers in the Spanish language appropriately in a range of familiar contexts
  • Evaluate and debate some topical social issues in contemporary Spanish culture (e.g. environment), in Spanish
  • Discuss a range of authentic spoken and written materials in Spanish, including film and multimedia
  • Use the language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Debate areas of cultural values and norms in Spanish speaking countries and contrast them with the Australian context

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively in Spanish in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
  • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
  • Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Spanish
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages 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.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers:

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 your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.