SPNSH132-20B (HAM)

Spanish for Beginners 2

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts


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Paper Description

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Course objectives and content:

This course is designed to continue the development of communication emphasizing the four language skills ­ writing, speaking, listening, and reading. Students will be able to communicate in Spanish ­ converse with others, express their own ideas in writing, and read and understand what others have written. Also SPNSH132 offers the students the opportunity to learn throughout the text book and cultural readings about the influence of indigenous loan words on both vocabulary and the pronunciation of colonial Spanish. Students also improve their thinking skills by comparing the words and cultural contexts which they are learning, with those of their first language.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course it is expected that students will be capable of understanding daily phrases and expressions frequently used related to areas of experience which are particularly relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.)This course targets the approximately equivalent to international standard with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of –A2

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Paper Structure

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This paper will be taught in one stream. Students will attend two workshops, one of two hours, and the second one of an hour.

LearnSmart should be done before doing the workshop as a pre-lesson.

All the workshop materials are online via the Connect program from Tu Mundo ebook.

Also, there is a one hour language tutorial per week.

Students who cannot physically attend face to face tutorial can join via Zoom during the tutorial session in class.

Workshop and tutorial attendance is essential to make good progress in the language.

Note: Workshop and tutorials will be altered to be delivered online if Alert Levels rise again.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Be familiar with frequently used expressions and able to express oneself in everyday situations:
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  • Listening
    To understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
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  • Reading
    To read very short, simple texts and find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.
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  • Spoken interaction
    To communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. To handle very short social exchanges, even though they can’t usually understand enough to keep the conversation going themselves.
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  • Spoken production
    To use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms their family and other people, living conditions, their educational background and their present or most recent job.
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  • Writing
    To write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. To write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
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This course is 100% internally assess
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test1
2. Test 2
3. Test 3
4. Test 4- Final test
5. Lab-Manual-Workbook
6. Quizzes
7. Oral presentation
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Tu Mundo - Editors: McGraw Hill- same book as the one used in A semester

This is an eBook package. Details in how to register will be given in the first lecture.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community in this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Workshop presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.
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The expected workload in terms of points bear a direct relationship to workload; one point equates to approximately 10 hours’ total work; so a student might expect to spend about 150 hours in total during a semester on a 15-point paper.

Remember that a language require lots of practices, the more you do the better you get and the more rewarding and enjoyable!

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: SPNSH131 or SPAN131




Restricted papers: SPAN132

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