Course Title: Spanish Language in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish Language in Context

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr. Glenda Mejia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253732

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.15

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study   

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1433 Spanish 5 before you commence this course.    

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.      

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.   

Students who have studied Spanish in another institution and have reached an upper intermediate level (B1 on the CEFR*) may be allowed to enrol in the course but only after a placement test. (Please contact the course coordinator to organise this.)   

Please note that enrolments 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/they holds incompatible qualifications may be cancelled at any time. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.  

*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages   

Course Description

This course is one of two cultural courses taught entirely in Spanish from a total of eight Spanish courses 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 media and/or literary texts by examining a range of topics highlighted in the type of media being studied. Through the analysis of a range of authentic materials (e.g., film, short films, documentary), you will be able to analyse the social and cultural contexts of Spain, and Latin America.

In addition to linguistic skills, the course will also explore and invite you to critically reflect on intersectional diversities (racial, gender, linguistic, and cultural, etc.) that characterise the Spanish-speaking world today. 

This course will equip you with further knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Analyse and critically comprehend the use of the Spanish language in a range of authentic literary and/or media materials, including texts, films, radio programs and documentaries. 
  1. Communicate confidently and fluently in both oral and written Spanish on a wide range of topics from contemporary media. 
  1. Apply critically a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning. 
  1. Apply and analyse different knowledges of the cultural and social context of Spain and/or Latin American countries to your analysis of authentic media materials from a range of sources in Spanish. 

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of 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 cross-cultural communication topics will be introduced and discussed.

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities using Spanish. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

No textbook is required for this course. Some material will be provided through Canvas and in the classroom.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1 (50%) Critical short evaluations of films or documentaries (CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 and CLO5).  

Assessment 2 (15%) Reflective Written Task (CLO 1, CLA 2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5). 

Assessment 3 (20%) Oral Group/Individual presentation (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5).

Assessment 4 (15%) Critical Analysis Written Task (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5). 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Service if you would like to find out more.