SPAN301-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Advanced Spanish A

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


The aim of this course is to give students advanced proficiency in Spanish across the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The course also introduces students to the history and culture of the different Hispanic countries. By the end of this course students will be able to recognise a variety of discourses and idiomatic expressions as well as communicate at an advanced level in Spanish.

The main objective of SPAN301 is to give students advanced proficiency in Spanish across the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).  This course also consists of four main components: the practice of the complex aspects of Spanish grammar, the development of effective writing skills, training in cultural and literary readings, and the improvement of speaking fluidity.  Grammar is taught in a cultural content-based approach where students' linguistic skills will be improved and reinforced through extended reading and writing assignments.

This is an advanced language course following on from SPAN202.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course students will have …
  • advanced knowledge of complex grammatical structures and parts of speech.
  • ability to employ a range of idiomatic expressions.
  • ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively on a variety of topics.
  • ability to comprehend more advanced level discussions on a range of issues.
  • ability to read and comprehend non-specialised Spanish texts.
  • ability to read and comprehend some advanced narrative, literary, and academic style Spanish texts.
  • ability to comprehend complex Spanish texts with the help of a dictionary and similar resources.
  • ability to comprehend natural speech pattern spoken by native speakers.
  • ability to write essays on a variety of topics that require the use of a variety of verb tenses and idiomatic expressions.
  • a good comprehension of the influence of global conditions on the Hispanic world and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
  • acquire knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of  applications.
    • 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.

      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.


SPAN202 or

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sergio Redondo


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essays (3) 15%
Quizzes (2) 20%
Oral test (1) 15%
Written Tests (2) 30%
Workbook (Units 1-6) 10%
Participation 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Corpas, J., Garmendia, A., Sánchez, N., & Soriano, C; AULA Internacional 4 – Curso de español Nueva Edición (B2.1); Difusión, 2014.

The book can be ordered online from the Language Fuel NZ Resource Room. A special discount package is offered to University of Canterbury students.

A good Spanish-English dictionary.

Course links

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,493.00

International fee $6,075.00

* 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 SPAN301 Occurrences

  • SPAN301-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018