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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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
SPAN201 or equivalent
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Course Reader based on: José A. Blanco: "Revista: conversacion sin barreras";
(supplied by the department).
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
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.