SPAN412-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Advanced Spanish Language

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022

Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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:
  • able to employ a range of idiomatic and formal expressions.
  • able to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively on a variety of topics.
  • able to comprehend more advanced level (C1) discussions on a range of issues.
  • able to read and comprehend minimally specialized Spanish texts.
  • able to read and comprehend some advanced narrative, literary, and academic style Spanish texts.
  • able to comprehend complex Spanish texts with the help of a dictionary and similar resources.
  • able to comprehend natural speech pattern spoken by native speakers.
  • 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.
    • 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.

Prerequisites

Subject to approval of the Programme Director. Note: Advanced knowledge of Spanish language is required.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 James Logie 517
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 James Logie 517
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Victoria Escaip

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assessments TBA 100%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Vista Higher Learning; Taller de Escritores: Grammar and composition for Advanced Spanish ; 3rd Edition; Vista Higher Learning, 2021 (Digital version only).

Purchase the textbook from Vista Higher Learning to receive the discounted price.

Useful websites:

Language learning apps (free and paid):
o www.duolingo.com
o www.lingrolearning.com
o www.lingualia.com  
o es.babbel.com
o www.memrise.com
o www.clozemaster.com
o www.hello-hello.com
o www.transparent.com
o www.lingohut.com
o www.getflowlingo.com
o www.busuu.com
o fluent-forever.app
o www.lingq.com

Online 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 vocabulary
o www.quizlet.com – useful for learning vocabulary through flashcards
o 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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* 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.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SPAN412 Occurrences

  • SPAN412-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022