Course Title: Spanish 4

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

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 acting coordinator:

Susana Chaves Solís

Tel: +61 3 9925 9769


Teacher :

Alejandro Gaitán Martos

Tel: +61 3 9925 9556

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



1 (19-23 July)Lugares con encanto (Unidad 7)
  1. Las oraciones de relativo: el uso de que, quien, cuyo
  2. el participio en las oraciones relativas: la voz pasiva
  3. hablar de ciudades: describirlas y comentar sus cualidades
2 (26-30 July)Lugares con encanto (unidad 7)
  1. Hablar de creencias e informaciones previas sobre algo
  2. Expresar sentimientos positivos, negativos o neutros sobre algo
  3. Algunos verbos de percepción y de opinión
3 (2-7 August)Antes de que sea tarde (unidad 8)
  1. Diferentes recursos léxicos y gramaticales para cohesionar textos: uso de sinónimos, hiperónimos, hipónimos, pronombres...
4 (9-13 August)
*Oral Presentation
Antes de que sea tarde (unidad 8)
  1.  Construcciones temporales con mientras, hasta (que), en cuanto, antes de (que), después de (que), dicho/a/os/as, el/la/los/as citado/a/os,tal
5 (16-20 August)
*Oral Presentation
Vivir para trabajar (unidad 9)
  1.  Las subordinadas concebías: aunque, a pesar de
  2. Hablar de cualidades en el trabajo
  3. Hablar de problemas y sentimientos en el trabajo
6 (23-27 August)
*Quiz I Unidad 7 y 8
*Oral Presentation
Vivir para trabajar (unidad 9)
  1.  Describir una empresa
  2. Hablar de las funciones de un puesto de trabajo
  3. Reformular: es decir; esto es; o sea; es más
  4. Ejemplificar: un ejemplo, por ejemplo, a modo de ejemplo
  5. Algunas de las características de los textos escritos formales
7 (6-10 September)
*Oral Presentation
Como no lo sabía (unidad 10)
  1. Valorar hechos pasados
  2. Hablar de hechos no realizados en el pasado y de sus consecuencias
  3. Hacer reproches
  4. Transmitir lo que dijeron otros en el pasado
  5. Hablar de habilidades
8 (13-17 September)
*Oral Presentation
Como no lo sabía (unidad 10)
  1.  El pretérito pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo
  2. El condiconal compuesto
  3. Algunos conectores de causa y consecuencia
  4. Combinaciones de pronombres: se lo
9 (20-24 September)
*Oral Presentation
10 (27 Sept-1 October)
*Oral Presentation
Quiz II (Unidades 9 y 10)
11 (4-8 October)
*Oral Presentation
12 (11-15 October)Literatura 
13 (18-22 October)Comida y cultura 
14 (25-29 October)Repaso 

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

RECOMMEND MATERIAL  (You can buy them in RMIT bookshop)
● VerbWheel

● Spanish Verbs & Grammar

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.

Assessment                               Date                           Percentage
a) Two Short Quizzes                Quiz I. Week 6          10%
                                                      Quiz II. Week 10       10%

b) Oral Presentation                 Week 4-11                 15%

c) Journal                                    Week 11                       15%

a) The Short Quizzes will consist of short answer questions, short written paragraphs and a listening comprehension passage with true/false short-answers.
b) The Oral Presentation will be an individual 8-12 minutes presentation in Spanish on a recent issue that has appeared in the news of a Spanish speaking country. The chosen issue must have appeared in Spanish language media (TV, print, radio, online) within three weeks of your allocated presentation date. The presentation will take place in front of the class, and must be interactive; you need to involve the rest of the class. Students are not allowed to read the presentation.
c) The Journal. The main objective of the journal is to practice your writing and communicative skills, to use the vocabulary and expressions that you have learned for each unit and to develop fluency in writing. You will write a journal entry in Spanish each week, (8 entries in total) about your own experiences in learning and practising the Spanish language. You are expected to write this journal on your own time.

III. Final Exams (50%)
1. Listening and Written Exam (week 15) = 30%
2. Oral 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% NN
Fail DNS Did not complete either or both of the major components of assessment (i.e. project and class tasks)

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 acting program coordinator, Susana Chaves Solís

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