Introductory Spanish I - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Orientation (5%) , Assignments (20%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as SPS101 Introductory Spanish I.

This unit is for students who have never studied Spanish before. Students who have studied Spanish or had some informal exposure to the language through family, friends or travel must contact the Unit Convenor before enrolling in this unit for advice about which level will be appropriate for you. It follows a communicative approach and is designed to develop skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking.

Additional resources and links provided in the unit, context inclusive translation dictionary:

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Reading: understand very short, simple texts a single phrase at the time, picking up familiar names, words and basic phrases and rereading as required.
  2. Listening: follow speech that is very slow and carefully articulated, with long pauses for the learner to assimilate meaning.
  3. Writing: ask for or pass on personal details in written form; write simple isolated phrases and sentences.
  4. Spoken Interaction: interact in a simple way but communication is totally dependent on repetition at a slower rate of speech, rephrasing and repair; ask and answer simple questions, initiate and respond to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
  5. Spoken Production: produce simple mainly isolated phrases about people and places.
  • Assignment — Orientation (5%)
  • Assignments (20%)
  • Exercises — Homework exercises (10%)
  • Participation (15%)
  • Quizzes (10%)
  • Test 1 — Written tests (20%)
  • Test 2 — Oral tests (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SPS101 — Introductory Spanish I

Students who have previous knowledge of Spanish must seek assessment from the unit convenor before enrolling.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to unit, names, alphabet, greetings, numbers
2Presenting people, ser, hay, tener; likes/dislikes, describing people, nationality
3Describing yourself, comparing to others, favourite activities, adjectives
4Classes and fields of study, time/days
5Asking questions, possessions, future plans
6Technology, emotions/conditions
7Ser/estar, stem-changing verbs
8Family, household
9Reflexive verbs and daily routine, present progressive
10Revision and review
11Final assessment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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