SPAN102-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Beginners' Spanish B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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, NCEA Level 2, or
placement test.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Victoria Escaip


Carla Fernandez


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online (Supersite) Quizzes (3) 15% See weekly schedule
Online (Supersite) Journals (2) 10% Weeks 4 and 9
Cultural Project (1) 10% Week 10
Oral test (1) 15% Held week 11
Written tests (2) 40% Held weeks 7 & 12
Online (Supersite) Homework 10% See weekly schedule

Textbooks / Resources

You can get the access code to the digital textbook PANORAMA. Introducción a la Lengua Española,  by clicking on the link provided below. You will be prompted to create an account in Vista Higher Learning before buying the access code. PLEASE create this account  with the name you are officially enrolled at the University of Canterbury: Vista Higher Learning.

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 $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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

  • SPAN102-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • SPAN102-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)