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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 and reading skills, the understanding of cultural traits, and the improvement of listening comprehension and speaking fluidity. Grammar is taught in a cultural content-based approach whereby students’ linguistic skills will be improved and reinforced through extended reading, listening, and writing assignments.
This course addresses the five key attributes of UC Graduate Profile:Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand and its relevance to the Hispanic world and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.Students will be provided with the ability to become critically competent in the language after being provided with advanced knowledge of complex grammatical structures and parts of speech.Students will acquire knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications. Students will become more engaged with the Spanish-speaking community in Christchurch through different gamified immersion assignments. Students will have observed and understood a culture within the Spanish-speaking community in Christchurch by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on the Spanish-speaking world and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.Additionally, students will be:o able to employ a range of idiomatic expressions.o able to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively on a variety of topics.o able to comprehend more advanced level discussions on a range of issues.o able to read and comprehend non-specialised Spanish texts.o able to read and comprehend some advanced narrative, literary, and academic style Spanish texts.o able to comprehend complex Spanish texts with the help of a dictionary and similar resources.o able to comprehend natural speech pattern spoken by native speakers.o able to write essays on a variety of topics that require the use of a variety of verb tenses and idiomatic expressions.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department
SPAN301 comprises 3 different syllabi, choose yours! 1. (Traditional Syllabus - as above)Type of assessment number weighting % Quizzes 2 20% Essays 3 20%Oral tests 2 20%Written Tests 2 40%(Optional) Workbook Units 1 - 6 bonus 5% 2. (Gamified Syllabus)Type of assessment number weighting % Bonus Quizzes 2 20%Immersion Challenges 6 20%Oral tests para camaleones 1 20% Written Tests 2 40% (Optional) Workbook Units 1 - 6 bonus 5% 3. (Mixed Syllabus)Type of assessment number weighting % Quizzes 2 20% Essays / Immersion Challenges Trad / Game 20% Oral Tests / Camaleones Trad / Game 20% Written Tests 2 40% (Optional) Workbook Units 1 - 6 bonus 5%
The book can be ordered online from the Language Fuel NZ Resource Room. A special discount package is offered to University of Canterbury students.Useful websites: • Language learning apps (free and paid):o https://www.duolingo.com/ o http://www.lingrolearning.com/o https://www.lingualia.com o https://es.babbel.com/o https://www.memrise.com/o https://www.clozemaster.com/languageso http://www.hello-hello.com/index_homeo https://www.transparent.com/o https://www.lingohut.com/eno https://www.getflowlingo.com/o https://www.busuu.com/o https://fluent-forever.app/o https://www.lingq.com/o https://www.mosalingua.com/en• Online dictionaries:o www.wordreference.com – free (based on bilingual entries)o www.linguee.com – free + context (based on a text corpus)o https://iate.europa.eu/home - free (terminological database)• Online tools for learning vocabulary:o www.languageperfect.com – free for UC Spanish students and very useful for learning vocabularyo www.quizlet.com – useful for learning vocabulary through flashcardso https://apps.ankiweb.net/ - useful for creating your own vocab flashcards There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course. Additional material for homework and/or self-learning is available on the computers in the Language Lab, room 339, Jack Erskine Building. You can work there on your own when they are not booked for regular classes.Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides: http://canterbury.libguides.com/span
The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $1,523.00
International fee $6,375.00
* 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.