SPNSH232-21B (HAM)

Intermediate Spanish 2

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts


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: alexandra.cullen@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper follows on from SPAN231 and further develops skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding spoken Spanish through a variety of interactive learning methods and materials. It also offers a deeper appreciation of the different Hispanic cultures.

Using a communicative approach, students will be able to master simple grammatical structures, and will acquire a good level of cultural competence involving international competence (communicative abilities in Spanish including knowledge of sociocultural uses of the language, pragmatics, and cultural background/perspectives), and metalinguistic competence (awareness of language as a conceptual, symbolic system)

This course aims to be approximately equivalent to the international standard with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of –B1.

Participation is an essential component of the course and does not refer exclusively to attendance.

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Paper Structure

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The course has three contact hours per week.

All the workshop materials are online via the Connect program from Mas ebook.

LearnSmart should be done before doing the workshop as a pre-lesson

Students who cannot physically attend face to face workshops can join via Zoom during the workshop session in class.

Note: Workshops will be altered to be delivered online if Alert Levels rise again.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • communicate in conversational Spanish and enhance their confidence in the four language skills.
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  • gain a better understanding of grammar structures.
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  • Listening
    To understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. To understand most TV news and current affairs programmes and the majority of films in standard dialect.
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  • Reading
    To read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. To interpret contemporary literary prose.
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  • Spoken interaction
    To interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible and be able take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining their own views.
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  • Spoken production
    To present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest. To explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
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  • Writing
    To write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to their own interests. To write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. To write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
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Language learning, in particular, requires continuous practice. Since it is a process that relies on active participation on the part of the learner, do not expect to master the material simply by coming to class for three hours a week. In order to perform well in this course, your at-home effort is essential. (Workbook, quizzes, etc)

The focus of your attention should be on classroom activities while you are in class.Cellphones, and outside reading materials are NOT allowed in class, as they limit your participation and are also generally disruptive and disrespectful.

The presence of any items such as these will lower your participation grade substantially.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Oral presentation 10%
18 Oct 2021
12:00 PM
2. One movie/writing assignments 16%
3. Lab-workbook manual
4. Class attendance & participation- LearnSmart
5. Two online writing test 24%
6. Quizzes
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Pérez-Gironés, MÁS, 3e (eBook)

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community in this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato.

Workshop presentations, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

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This course is 100% internally assessed. Assignments must be turned in on time.

Throughout the semester, you will be acquiring and reflecting on grammatical knowledge and vocabulary and you will be developing
skills (e.g. reading and writing strategies, data analysis). Therefore, course assessments are designed to reflect your progress in all these areas.

Remember that learning a lengua take time and dedication. For each hour class you should put an hour study.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: SPNSH231 or SPAN231 or equivalent.




Restricted papers: SPAN232

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