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The focus of this subject will be on the improvement of students’ oral and written language competence and the learning of textual study skills in Spanish, through the study of selected oral and written narratives. These particular texts are part of the long tradition of Spanish and Latin American short stories or historias. Their analysis will allow students not only to understand their textual structure, but also to create their own narratives both in formal contexts (short narration, news reporting, etc.) and informal contexts (blog entry and discussion, etc.). Additionally, students will gain an appreciation of the cultural, historical and literary realities that have shaped the Spanish and Latin American modern and contemporary world. In this subject students will become proficient in using complex sentence structures and verb forms. Students will also become confident in communicating their own literary ideas both in oral and written forms by using a variety of vocabulary, oral expressions and textual analysis skills.
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 Historia 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 Historia;
- be able to appreciate, through the linguo-cultural genre of the Historia the historical, cultural and anthropological differences within the Spanish-speaking communities from Spain and Latin-America;
- have learnt 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 Historia genre;
- appreciate and respect diversity and background difference by critically evaluating the linguo-cultural genre of Historia 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 Historias in Spain and Latin American as a bicultural and bilingual person;
- understand the linguo-cultural genre acquisition process with a specific focus on Historias 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 Historias 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 and literacy skills: through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry and familiarisation with research methods;
- have developed critical thinking and analysis of language and culture: through essay writing, oral presentations and tutorial discussion, and by assessing and self-assessing the strength of own and others’ arguments;
- have an understanding of social, political and cultural contexts: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness;
- have learned sophisticated textual analysis strategies: through the writing of short essays and assignments;
- have developed an ability to present and defend critical ideas: through independent and guided class presentations and class participation.
Last updated: 1 June 2020