Course Title: Spanish 4

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: LANG5496

Course Title: Spanish 4

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4200 - Certificate IV 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

Program Offering coordinator:

Susana Chaves Solís

Tel: +61 3 9925 9769


Luis Carlos González

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 III in Language (Spanish)/360 hours or equivalent

Course Description

This certificate is completed over in 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 424 Spanish 4

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

1. Negotiate an oral exchange to solve problems, explore issues or provide customer service
2. Give an oral presentation
3. Participate in a social or cultural event
4. Listen and report on a sustained oral event
5. Write work-related documents
6. Read and understand complex work-related or general written 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!

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Maneras de Vivir (Unidad 1)
• Introducción
- El pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo
- Hablar de sentimientos, del carácter y de la personalidad
- Expresar condiciones y deseos
- Dar consejos y a hacer propuestas
- Hablar de las cualidades de personas y objetos

Week 2 Maneras de Vivir (Unidad 1)
Labour Day
- La correlación de tiempos verbales en las frases de relativo
- Conectores para añadir, matizar, controponer y desmentir una información
- Expresar causa y finalidad: uso de por y para

Week 3 Así Pasó (Unidad 2)
*Presentación en clase
- Usos del imperfecto de indicativo
- Usos del gerundio
- Usos del imperfecto de subjuntivo
- Marcadores y construcciones temporales: justo en ese momento/estar a punto de/entonces

Week 4 Así Pasó (Unidad 2)
- Transmitir peticiones, adventencias, invitaciones...
- Combinar tiempos del pasado
- Colocación de los adjetivos

Week 5 ¿Y Tú Qué Opinas? (Unidad 3)
*Quiz I (Unidades 1-2)/  • *Oral Presentation
- Dar nuestra opinión: creo que + indicativo, no creo que + subjuntivo
- Argumentar opiniones
- Valorar diveras opciones: es una tontería/impensable...+ infinitivo/subjuntivo
- Poner condiciones: (solo) si/siempre que...

Week 6 ¿Y Tú Qué Opinas? (Unidad 3)
- Expresar acuerdo o descuerdo
- Aludir a temas o a intervenciones de otros: eso de…
- Secuenciar argumentos: en primer/segundo/...lugar, por último...

Week 7 Se Valorará la Experiencia (Unidad 4) 
* Oral Presentation
- El pretérito perfecto de subjuntivo
- Uso del infinitivo compuesto
- Usos de se en oraciones impersonales: se volarará...
- Usos de las oraciones pasivas

Week 8 Se Valorará la Experiencia (Unidad 4)
- Expresar condiciones: es imprescindible + infinitivo/que + subjuntivo
- Uso de pronombres relativos
- Cualquiera/cualquier

++++++EASTER BREAK (21-27 de april) ++++++++

Week 9 La Vida Es Puro Teatro (Unidad 5)
*Quiz II (Unidades 3-4)
* Oral Presentation
- Marcadores y construcciones temporales: mientras, mientras tanto, al + infinitvo
- Algunas perífrasis verbales: volver a + infinitivo, seguir + gerundio
- Describir acciones con adjetivos, gerundios y adverbios

Week 10 La Vida Es Puro Teatro (Unidad 5)
- Describir los movimientos y la situación de personas y cosas
- Describir estados de ánimo
- Hablar de postura corporal
- Usos de poner y quedar

Week 11 Dijiste que lo Harías (Unidad 6)
* Oral Presentation
- Expresar finalidad: para + infinitive/presente/imperfecto de subjuntivo
- no es que (no) + imperfecto de subjuntivo, es que…
- Expresar intencionalidad: lo hizo a propósito, sin querer...
- Algunas partículas temporales: hasta que, cuando, tan pronto como + presente/imperfecto de subjuntivo

Week 12 Dijiste que lo Harías (Unidad 6)
- Uso de se: expresión de la involuntariedad
- Aludir a promesas en estilo indirecto
- Reclamar el cumplimiento de un compromiso
- Formar palabras: adjetivos con prefijos

Week 13(31 May -2 June)
*Oral presentation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Revisión del curso

Week 14 (7-9 June)
• Repaso (All the material covered in the class)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Week 15 (14-16 June)                                                                                                                                                                                                   
•-Listening /wrtting exam 
Oral (All the material covered in the class)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Corpas, J.,Garmendia, A.and Soriano,C.(2005).Aula Internacional 4. Barcelona: Difusión.


RECOMMEND BOOKS  (You can find them in RMIT library)
● 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

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

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. After 2 days late, no work will be accepted.

I. Progressive Assessment (50%)

a) Two Short Quizzes (30%)
Quiz I. Week 5 (Unidades 1-2) 15%
Quiz II. Week 9 (Unidades 3-4) 15%

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

b) Presentación en clase (20%) Week 4-12 

Small groups of students will present a dialogue in front of the class. Topics are based on the contents of each unit. It is expected that the new structures and vocabulary learnt in the lesson will form a substantial part of the dialogue.
Students are not allowed to read the presentation. Each student will have 4-6 minutes to present. You also need to provide your dialogue or script written in Spanish and must be typed and double spaced. Each student will be graded individually on their own personal performance while the written dialogue will be marked as a group.

II. Final Exams (50%)
1. Listening Exam (week 15) = 10%
2. Oral Exam (week 15) = 20%
3. Final Written Exam (week 15) = 20%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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

Plagiarism may occur in oral or written presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. All cases of suspected plagiarism in this course will be referred to the Course Coordinator who will decide on the action to be taken. Plagiarism may result in charges of academic misconduct, which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

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  course offering coordinator, Susana Chaves Solís

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