Course Title: Spanish 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Ana Maria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

LANG1432 Spanish 4 (B1 on the CEFR*) is open to students who have successfully completed LANG1185/LANG1427 Spanish 3 or equivalent.  

Students with prior knowledge of Spanish take a written and oral/aural placement test. For a placement test, email the course coordinator for an appointment. 

Note: enrolment in Spanish may be refused based on previous study or abilities, and students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes. 

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 

Course Description

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

You will explore Hispanic cultures and societies through artistic expression in sociohistorical context and further develop your communicative skills in the spoken and written language. You will explore Spanish speaking cultures in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning; to be creative and critical in your application of the language to communicate with people of different cultural traditions; and to build on your knowledge to a level where learning can continue to develop in further study or self-directed learning. The 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

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 most social contexts, including narrating childhood, following commands, and be able to describe feelings and emotions  
  2. Read, interpret and comprehend some authentic spoken, written and multimedia Spanish materials  
  3. Apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning.  
  4. Identify, analyse and critically describe aspects of the Spanish speaking cultures and the relationship between culture and language  
  5. Discuss and describe your own cultural values and norms, and to make comparison to the Spanish ones, beginning to reflect on, evaluate and develop 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

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 on Canvas. 

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 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 both 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 and final exams).   

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Quiz, oral and aural 45% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO5)    

Assessment Task 2: Oral presentation includes group work but individually assessed 20% (CLO4 and CLO5) (researched written component 300-500 words) 

Assessment Task 3: Essay 20% (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3  and CLO4)    

Assessment Task 4: Reflection 15% short audio recordings (CLO3 and CLO4)  

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