SPAN102-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Beginners' Spanish B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 is communicative in approach and emphasizes the development of all four language-skills. This course’s main objectives are 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.  This course will set students on a path that will increase their knowledge of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

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.

    SPAN102 addresses the UC Graduate Profile key attributes in the following manner:

  • Students will demonstrate critical competency to sustain elementary oral and written exchanges of information and ideas in Spanish.
    SPAN102 has been designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and the many facets of Hispanic culture. Active engagement with the content of this course will allow students to develop the skills to critically analyse linguistic and cultural patterns by transforming elementary knowledge of pronunciation, Vocabulario, verb forms, syntax, and grammar into effective communication in Spanish.

  • Students will develop specific skills, abilities and knowledge that are essential for a successful career.
    SPAN102 will combine practical-oriented tasks with grammar-focused interactive activities. Students will be able to communicate confidently in a wider range of social interactions including formal situations and simple professional contexts. This interactive learning environment will help students to develop their language proficiency, to successfully engage in social interaction and acquire conversational techniques at the elementary level.

  • Students will identify patterns of interaction that are relevant in different cultural settings.
    By critically examining cultural beliefs, values and aspects of everyday life, students will demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives and products of the culture studied in in Spanish-speaking nations. This, in turn, will allow them to become increasingly aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Students will foster a sense of community engagement through the study of Spanish language and culture.
    Since students will develop their proficiency in order to be able to communicate and exchange points of view with Spanish speakers, they will also gain a broad understanding of the diversity of Hispanic cultures through a study of these societies’ literary and cultural contributions, traditions, and perspectives. This will enable them to reflect on their own cultural frame of reference in order to help integrate community interactions with Spanish speakers through a variety of academic and cultural assignments that will be mutually beneficial for the students and the community

  • Students will develop an understanding of and appreciation for other cultures and/or subcultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
    Students will learn how to effectively utilise different critical lenses to examine the conditions, cultural heritage and values of other cultures in a global setting and to recognise distinctive viewpoints through the study of Spanish and texts produced in different cultural contexts.
    • 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.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

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

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 $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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 SPAN102 Occurrences

  • SPAN102-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021