SPAN203-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

Conducted strictly in Spanish, this course will offer students an opportunity to engage in conversation on a number of captivating topics given in a variety of formats with the goal of further developing oral proficiency, improving grammatical accuracy and improving pronunciation. Different types of discourse such as narration, debate, and dramatic dialogue will be emphasized. At the same time, students will also be exposed to other language skills such as listening, reading and writing.

Span203 is a mid-intermediate to high-intermediate Spanish conversation course. This course is conducted strictly in Spanish and it will offer abundant opportunities for students to engage in conversations on a number of captivating topics given in a variety of formats. Students are encouraged to express their feelings, their opinions, and their critical views on topics and issues that are important to them, with the goal of further developing oral proficiency and improving pronunciation. Though the main focus is conversation, students will also be exposed to other language skills such as listening, reading, and writing.  As for the latter, short reaction assignments on topics of current interest read outside of class will be assigned. This serves as the basis around which general class conversations and discussions will take place.  Class-time is also spent on creating, rehearsing, and presenting different types of discourse such as narration, critical commentary, debate, and dramatic dialogue.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this course will:

1.    Improve their communication skills in Spanish (i.e., fluency, grammatical accuracy, and
      pronunciation) by employing conversational strategies and practical vocabulary to function
      in everyday situations or topics related to students’ interest.

2.    Improve their listening comprehension in Spanish.  Towards this goal students will regularly
      view short video clips, which will in turn serve as basis for class discussions.

3.    Improve their reading skills in Spanish.

4.    Introduce them to cultural, social, historical, and artistic themes of Spain and Spanish
      America.

5.    Improve their writing skills in Spanish and to continue the development of grammatical
      accuracy.  Toward this goal students will write short reaction assignments.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

SPAN201 or equivalent

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 413 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 315 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Victoria Escaip

Lecturer

Victoria Escaip

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Quizzes (6) 10%
Film review 5%
Written commentaries (4) 10%
Oral tests (2) 35%
Oral presentation 15%
Class attendance and participation 25%

Textbooks

Required Texts

José A. Blanco; Revista : conversacion sin barreras; 4th edition; Vista Higher Learning, 2014.

You will also need a good quality English/Spanish Dictionary of your choice.  (Size is usually a good indication of how comprehensive a dictionary is).

Course links

Library portal
LEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All SPAN203 Occurrences

  • SPAN203-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018