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This course is designed to place students' practical knowledge of Spanish within a broader, and scientific framework. Students will be introduced to a variety of linguistic and sociolinguistic topics including a general overview of the history and formation of the language, the sound system, morphology, syntax, varieties of Peninsular and Latin American Spanish, writing styles and register, and idiomatic expressions. The content of this course is designed to engage students to reflect on the use and formation of the Spanish language from a theoretical and a practical approach so that they can develop critical skills and do further research while they master their communicative and writing proficiency.
The main objective of SPAN412 is to give students master 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.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 and formal expressions.o able to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively on a variety of topics.o able to comprehend more advanced level (C1) discussions on a range of issues.o able to read and comprehend minimally specialized 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, idiomatic expressions, cultural knowledge and debating skills.
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.
Subject to approval of the Programme Director. Note: Advanced knowledge of Spanish language is required.
Sergio Esteban Redondo
Useful websites: Language learning apps (free and paid):o www.duolingo.com o www.lingrolearning.como www.lingualia.com o es.babbel.como www.memrise.como www.clozemaster.como www.hello-hello.como www.transparent.como www.lingohut.como www.getflowlingo.como www.busuu.como fluent-forever.appo www.lingq.comOnline dictionaries:o www.wordreference.com – free (based on bilingual entries)o www.linguee.com – free + context (based on a text corpus)o iate.europa.eu - free (terminological database)Online tools for learning vocabulary:o www.educationperfect.com – free for UC Spanish students and very useful for learning vocabularyo www.quizlet.com – useful for learning vocabulary through flashcardso apps.ankiweb.net - useful for creating your own vocab flashcards There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course. Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides
Domestic fee $1,905.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences