Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Introduction to unit, names, alphabet, greetings, numbers
    • Presenting people, ser, hay, tener; likes/dislikes, describing people, nationality
    • Describing yourself, comparing to others, favourite activities, adjectives
    • Classes and fields of study, time/days
    • Asking questions, possessions, future plans
    • Technology, emotions/conditions
    • Ser/estar, stem-changing verbs
    • Family, household
    • Reflexive verbs and daily routine, present progressive
    • Revision and review
    • Final assessment
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-SPS101


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as SPS101 Introductory Spanish I.

This subject 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 Subject Convenor before enrolling in this subject 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 subject, context inclusive translation dictionary:

  • Assignment 1 - Orientation (5%)
  • Assignment 2 - Writing and oral tasks (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Homework exercises (10%)
  • Assignment 4 - Participation (15%)
  • Assignment 5 - Quizzes (10%)
  • Assignment 6 - Written tests (20%)
  • Assignment 7 - Oral tests (20%)

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 subject

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