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Spanish 1 (SPAN10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeSPAN10001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with the necessary language and intercultural skills to communicate in everyday personal situations in Spanish. Students are introduced to the grammatical structures and vocabulary that will allow them to converse about the self in a number of informal situations, and which will empower them to explore their relationship with the societies and cultures of the global Spanish-speaking community. Students will develop writing strategies that enable them to be able to produce, by the end of the semester, a number of descriptive, personal texts, such as emails, letters, and family profiles. They will refine reading and listening skills through engagement with authentic cultural materials. Students will collaborate on an inquiry-led group project that brings them into contact with authentic cultural materials, such as artworks, advertisements, music and poetry, all aimed at facilitating their appreciation of important cultural notions of interpersonal relations, the family and the home. Students are afforded a taste of the richness of the Hispanic World in this subject; they are invited to develop a personal awareness and understanding of diverse cultural identities through project-based and object-based assessment tasks and sustained in-class activities.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to produce simple written descriptive texts about the self in Spanish;
  • be able to conduct everyday social conversations in Spanish;
  • have a basic understanding of the different cultural identities that make up the Hispanic World;
  • be familiar with Hispanic cultural traditions and practices, and appreciate diversity;
  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet’
  • have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and others and of cross-cultural exchange;
  • be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads;
  • have developed analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organise and integrate information;
  • have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed their intercultural skills;
  • have developed their analytical thinking and interpretative skills;
  • have developed an ability to appreciate different cultural contexts present in the Hispanic World;
  • have developed their time management and planning skills.

Eligibility and requirements


All students enrolling in Spanish for the first time are required to complete the online language questionnaire/placement test at http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/soll/resources/language-placement-testing. This applies to all students, from total beginners through to formal study, such as VCE or equivalent, or informally through family or overseas travel.

Upon completion of the placement test, students will receive an email with the outcome and entry point. Within 5 working days of receiving the email, students' study plans will be updated and students will be able to self-enrol into the first subject of their entry point. The results of the test are binding and enrolment can only be changed with approval from the coordinator of the language major.

It is recommended that students undertake the language placement test at least two weeks prior to the commencement of semester.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 2 x online assignments (400 words each) during semester [20%]
  • 2 x written compositions (400 words each)during semester [20%]
  • 1 x group presentation (equivalent to 400 words) during semester [10%]
  • 1 x individual oral presentation (equivalent to 800 words) during semester [20%]
  • 1 x final exam (equivalent to 1200 words) in the exam period [30%]

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorLara Anderson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours: 2 x 2-hour tutorials per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019