Course Title: Spanish 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr. Glenda Mejia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3732

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 15

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Spanish 2 LANG1179/LANG1424 (A1.2 on the CEFR*) is open to students who have satisfactorily completed Spanish 1 LANG1177/LANG1409 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 students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes. 

Please contact the course coordinator to organise a placement test. 

 * Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 

Course Description

This course is the second of six consecutive courses and two advanced culture courses in Spanish offered at RMIT University. 

The course aims to enhance your oral/aural skills and to further the basic writing and reading skills acquired in Spanish 1, and practical knowledge of the culture in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts. 

It will provide you with opportunities to apply the language in a variety of situations including information seeking, story-telling and giving advice. You will also continue to improve language proficiency in pronunciation, intonation and rhythmic patterns. Written skills will be strengthened by guided short essay writing practice. 

You will explore contemporary culture in Spanish, which will enable you to broaden your knowledge of the latest developments in culture and society in any Spanish speaking countries. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate in both oral and written Spanish in a range of social contexts, including ordering meals in restaurants, describing towns and be able to describe past experiences and biographies 
  2. Read, interpret and comprehend familiar authentic spoken, written and multimedia Spanish materials 
  3. Identify and develop further language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning 
  4. Identify, analyse and critically discuss aspects of the Spanish culture and the relationship between culture and language 
  5. Describe and critically present your own cultural values and norms, reflecting on and developing your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges. 

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

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

You may need to access 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. 

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. 

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 may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example: tests, compositions, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).   

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment 1: Written Listening Tasks 1 & 2, 30% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 and CLO5).  

Assessment 2: Project, with a written component, 20%  (CLO 1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5).  

Assessment 3: Written/Listening Task Final, 25% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5). 

Assessment 4: Oral Final, 25% (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 Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions