SPAN102-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Beginners' Spanish B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


A language course following on from SPAN 101, for those with limited knowledge of Spanish.

SPAN102 is a continuing Spanish course that assumes prior knowledge with Spanish at the 101 level. This course, like the first semester SPAN101, is communicative in approach and emphasizes the development of all four language-skills. Hence, this course has five main objectives: to continue to increase the students’ ability in speaking, listening, writing and reading the Spanish language, as well as being exposed to some of the cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.  This course will build on the skills learned in SPAN101 to extend the students’ ability to express themselves in speech and in writing. The overall emphasis is on realistic situations that could prove useful in a practical sense.  Since reading and writing can be practiced outside of the classroom, class time will be devoted mainly to listening and speaking activities.  Spanish is spoken by an increasing number of people. This course will set students on a path that will increase their knowledge of world language and culture.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will continue to develop skills in all four areas of the Spanish language (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course you should be able to use these skills to perform comprehensively all language tasks specified below.

The main objectives of SPAN102 are to enable students to…

1. Understand the main idea and most of the supporting details of spoken and written Spanish geared for university students of Spanish on current affairs and topics related to students’ daily life.

2. Speak in complete sentences about familiar topics with sufficient grammatical accuracy in pronunciation and the use of vocabulary and grammar (present, past and future tenses) so as to be understood by a native speaker of Spanish.

3. Read edited articles with an understanding of the main ideas and most of the supporting details.

4. Write coherent paragraphs on a familiar topic with logical organization and sufficient accuracy in the use of vocabulary and grammar so as to be understood by native speakers of Spanish.

5. Understand significant cultural traits of the Hispanic world such as lifestyles, attitudes, customs and geography.

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.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


SPAN101 or equivalent

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department

Complete the workbook for a bonus +5%


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Journals (2) 10% See weekly schedule for due date
Quizzes (2) 15% See weekly schedule for due date
Oral test (1) 15% Due week 11
Written tests (2) 50% See weekly schedule for due date
Cultural Project 10% Week 10
Workbook (optional) 17 Oct 2019 Units 1 - 10 for 5% bonus

Textbooks / Resources

This book can be ordered online from the Language Fuel NZ Resource Room:

Useful Websites
• – an excellent online dictionary
• – useful for learning vocabulary

Optional Texts
• 501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris (any edition)
• Any English/Spanish Dictionary

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.  

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides:

Course links

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SPAN102 Occurrences

  • SPAN102-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019