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In this subject, students will continue to develop their linguistic and cultural competence in Spanish. They will also advance their skills in textual analysis, with a special focus on the long tradition of testimonial texts (testimonios), both in recent Spanish and Latin American history. Through the study of first-person narratives, students will learn how to create and use authentic Spanish and Latin American cultural materials. This will allow them to produce and defend their own first-person testimonies in the shape of both formal (class presentation of personal experiences) and informal contexts (personal blogs, etc.). Through these activities students will gain an appreciation of the cultural and historical realities that have shaped the Spanish and Latin American modern and contemporary world. They will develop an understanding of the principles of first person testimonies, and will learn how to present and articulate their own ideas, both in oral and written forms. In addition, students will become confident in the use of vocabulary, sentence and text structures utilised in different contexts (formal and informal), as presented in diaries and journal articles, short and long narratives, and visual texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret academic and everyday communication across the linguocultural genres and more specifically the Testimony genre in the target language relative to the entry level;
- understand the use of Spanish in real-life situations and learn the specific fluency of linguo-cultural genres produced in the Spanish and Latin American economic, intellectual, cultural and social context with a particular emphasis on the Testimony;
- have learnt and appreciated the differences within the Spanish-speaking communities from Spain and Latin-America, through the linguo-cultural genre of the Testimony;
- have developed critical theory to explore specific topics in the target language in order to link Spanish and Latin American popular and academic language and culture through the Testimony genre;
- appreciate and respect diversity and background difference by critically evaluating the linguo-cultural genre of Testimony as present in Spanish-speaking cultures including the viewpoint of the target culture;
- be able to articulate intellectually sophisticated conversations with both native and non-native speakers in the target language about relevant historical and cultural topics in Testimonios in Spain and Latin American as a bicultural and bilingual person;
- understand the linguo-cultural genre acquisition process with a specific focus on Testimonios both in English and Spanish showing autonomous, self-directed and academic-level skills;
- be able to confidently interact in intellectually sophisticated conversations with both native and non-native speakers in the target language about the evolution of language and culture as present in Testimonios and relate Spanish and Latin American communities to contemporary Spanish Speaking Australia and the Eastern Pacific Rim.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed research skills: through frequent use of the library and other information sources;
- have developed critical thinking and analysis: through selected required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;
- have undertaken critical reading of fictional and historical texts: through in-class group reading and understanding of the internal logic of testimonial texts;
- have developed logical analysis strategies: through essay, linguistic and cultural practice exercises and assignment writing;
- be able to present and defend critical ideas: through guided class presentations and class participation;
- be familiar with Information Literacy skills: through analysis and interpretation of short texts;
- have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge.
Last updated: 26 March 2020