SPNSH231-19A (HAM)

Intermediate Spanish 1

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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This intermediate language and culture course builds on previous knowledge of Spanish and aims at developing the four language skills –reading, writing, listening and speaking- through interactive learning methods and materials. It also offers a deeper appreciation of the different Hispanic cultures. Using a communicative approach, students will be able to master simple grammatical structures and acquire a good level of cultural competence.

By the end of this course, it is expected that students will be able to communicate in conversational Spanish, to develop a better understanding of grammar structures and enhance their confidence in the four language skills. The equivalent international standard of this course in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is B1.

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Paper Structure

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The course has three contact hours and one tutorial per week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance
    (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
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  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
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  • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
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  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc
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  • Deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken
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  • Produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
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  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
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Please consult with your instructor if you need further clarification on assessment guidelines.
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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. Short Essays
15 Mar 2019
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Oral Presentation
3. Written Test
31 May 2019
11:00 AM
4. Ebook activities
16 May 2019
No set time
5. Class/Tutorial Participation
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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MÁS: español intermedio, 3/e McGraw-Hill

Ana María Pérez-Gironés, Wesleyan University
Virginia Adán-Lifante, University of California, Merced

*You need to get online access to complete some assignments that are part of the final mark.


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Recommended Readings

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Any cultural reading on topics related to the chapters' textbooks.
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Other Resources

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Resources on Spanish Language

-The RAE, Real Academia de la Lengua Española, is the most important cultural institution which dedicates its work to improve and prescribe the use of the Spanish language. Grammatical rules are constantly being updated.

-This website brings together all possible aspects of the Spanish language, from its history, dictionaries, grammar rules, or etymology. It is truly fantastic.

-Etimología de la Lengua Española is a blog which will fascinate anyone who is interested in the origin of Spanish words and their evolution throughout the centuries.

-In this Blog de la Lengua Española one can find really interesting posts regarding the use of the language. It includes a forum in which participants discuss many aspects of Spanish philology.

-The site Juegos de palabras is an entertaining and enjoyable way to learn curious aspects of the Spanish language. It compiles a great amount of amusing anecdotes regarding the tongue.

-NOBLE, or the Network of Business Language Educators, offers a number of fantastic language resources geared specifically towards the business world.

- http://www.bowdoin.edu/~eyepes/courses/index.html


El Rincón Castellano (The Castilian Corner) will introduce you to the history of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to present day. It is an incredibly well-researched and informative site for anyone who is interested in literature written in Spanish: http://500ejemplares.wordpress.com/

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lecture so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down. For further ebook details please go to this link: https://www.mheducation.com/highered/platforms/connect/access.html

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This paper is worth 15 points, which equals 150 learning hours. You should attend all lectures and tutorials. You will also be expected to carry out independent academic research and present it in some of your assessments (i.e., oral presentations, essays).

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Prerequisite papers: SPNSH132 or SPAN132 or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Spanish, or equivalent.




Restricted papers: SPAN231

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