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97501 Spanish Language and Culture 1

Warning: The information on this page is indicative. The subject outline for a particular session, location and mode of offering is the authoritative source of all information about the subject for that offering. Required texts, recommended texts and references in particular are likely to change. Students will be provided with a subject outline once they enrol in the subject.

Subject handbook information prior to 2020 is available in the Archives.

UTS: International Studies: International Studies and Languages
Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks


This subject is designed to provide students who have no prior knowledge of the Spanish language with a range of survival skills in order to express their needs in Castilian and Latin American Spanish. This subject corresponds to Level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe). The four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing individually or in combination are developed using authentic materials covering a variety of everyday situations. This engagement facilitates an understanding of the sociocultural contexts in which the language is used. Students take an active part in learning activities to practise and consolidate their language skills. Students also undertake independent study outside class based on selected readings and exercises in order to expand students' knowledge and awareness of the language and Hispanic cultures.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Communicate effectively in oral and written form, in Spanish, within the range of situations set out in the subject program.
b. Communicate in a range of transactional genres in everyday situations in different parts of the Hispanic world.
c. Demonstrate critical cultural awareness of Hispanic-phone peoples and societies.
d. Effectively employ strategies and resources for independent learning as relevant to the subject program.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (INT = International Studies CILOs):

  • Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts (INT.1.1)
  • Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners (INT.1.2)
  • Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region (INT.3.1)
  • Graduates will possess a high level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English (INT.6.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

In order to maximise students’ potential for effective communication in the target language, Genre Based Pedagogy, through the Teaching and Learning Cycle (TLC) (Ross and Martin 2012), is used in class to develop literacy advanced-ness. This pedagogy links teaching and research in language acquisition. A series of scaffolding activities are used in this process.

Interactive activities through work in pairs, small and large groups and/or presentations, are promoted in class to enhance students' engagement through content based learning. Preparation for class activities requires students to complete exercises and reading/listening/viewing activities prior to coming to class for students to make effective use of resources and subject material (including UTS online), community and peer resources available to them to support their learning.

Students will customise their learning experience as per the Global Spanish approach to promote their engagement with Hispanic-phone peoples and societies. This entails keeping in mind one’s goals for the use of Spanish (for instance studying abroad or travel in a particular country or region) and tailoring one’s practice and learning to maximize exposure to local variants of the language, relevant cultural norms and authentic materials from the area.

As part of an immersive approach, students are expected to use only Spanish when communicating with each other or with their teacher in class.

As this is an 8 credit point subject, the approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.


Assessment task 1: Contribution to ongoing learning


a, b and c

Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of listening and written Spanish 10 a INT.6.1
Lexical and grammatical accuracy 30 a INT.6.1
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 20 a, b INT.1.2
Organisation and coherence of ideas 20 b INT.6.1
Reflect upon the relationship between the Hispanic culture and Australia’s culture 20 c INT.3.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Speaking skills assessment


a, b, c and d

Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures 20 a INT.1.2
Lexical and grammatical accuracy 20 b, c INT.6.1
Appropriate use of cultural conventions and/or communication strategies relevant to the 30 c INT.1.1
Intelligibility of pronunciation (use of appropriate intonation/stress) 15 a, d INT.6.1
Degree of fluency (rate and speed of utterance) 15 a, b, c INT.6.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Final exam


a, b and c

Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of spoken and written Spanish 20 a, b, c INT.6.1
Accuracy and effective use of a broad range of vocabulary, expression and grammatical structures 40 a, b, c INT.1.2
Organisation and coherence of ideas 30 a, b INT.6.1
Depth of reflection upon the relationship between Hispanic and Australian Cultures 10 c INT.3.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject, you must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject.

Required texts

A full range of texts and audio visual are used in this subject. Further details are available in the subject outline.

1.Corpas, J., Garcia, E. & Garmendia, A. AULA Internacional 1 New Edition. Difusion.

Copies are available at the Co-op Bookshop, 3 Broadway, Sydney. Copies are available at the UTS library.

2. Spanish Language and Culture 1 can be purchased at:

UTS Union Shop, Activate Market Place, Tower Building 1, Level 3, BROADWAY

CN to be advised.

Other resources

Centellas, Aurora (1996). Método de Español para Extranjeros. España: Edinumen.Borobio, V. (1994). ELE 1 España: EDICIONES SM.

Castro, F & Marín, F & Morales, R. & Rosa, S.(1995).

Ven 1 Madrid: Ediciones Edelsa. Katlán-Ibarra, J.(1997). Modern Spanish Grammar. Great Britain: TJ International Ltd.

Kendris, C. (1996). Spanish Verbs. US: Educational Series. Martín, Rosa (1991). Pasos 1 Great Britain: Hodder & Stoughton Educational London.

Marinelli, Patty & Mujica, Lizette ( 1994). Puentes USA: Heinle Publishers.

Moreno,C.& Moreno, V. ( 2001). Avance. Curso de Español Nivel Elemental. España: SGEL.

Muñoz, Terrell (1998). Dos Mundos USA: The McGraw-Hill Companies. Neus Sans, L. (2002). Rápido. España: Difusión.

Richmond, D. (1998). Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions. USA: Passport Books.

Sánchez, A. (1997). Cumbre. Nivel elemental. España: SGEL.

Sánchez, J & Moreno, C. (1997). Español sin Fronteras. España: SGEL.

Schmitt, C. (1989). Spanish Grammar. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. Spinelli, Emily (1994). English Grammar for Students of Spanish. USA: Hill Press.

Platt, S. & Wall, R. ( 1996). Socorro. Scotland: Mary Glasgow Publications.


Collins (1994). Spanish Dictionary. Great Britain: Harper Collins Publishers.

Larousse (1992). Diccionario Práctico Español Moderno. Barcelona : Larousse Planeta.

Larousse (1997). El pequeño Larousse Barcelona : Larousse Planeta.

New Modern Sopena English- Spanish Dictionary (1990). Barcelona: Editorial Sopena.

Qualls, R.& Sánchez. L. (1992). Beginner's Spanish and English Dictionary. Illinois USA : National Textbook.

(Some of these texts are available in the UTS library.)

SBS Radio and Television SBS television shows movies and documentaries from all over the world. Check the TV guide for information on Spanish programs. Your teacher will also let you know about Spanish programs running.

SBS Radio (FM 97.7) broadcasts a daily Spanish program from 1pm. to 2 pm.

TV News SBS regularly presents two programs 'Telediario' the Spanish news, in the morning at 10.15 from Monday to Saturday.

'Esta Semana' is shown only on Sunday at 9.30. Internet Nearly all Spanish newspapers and magazines from Spain and Latin America are available through the Internet.

For an updated list of Spanish publications, see: http://www.thepaperboycom./spain.html. http://www.thepaperboycom./argentina.html.

Spanish Newspapers

El País Digital http://www.el Semanario del Mundo La Vanguardia Latin American Newspapers Clarín (Argentina) kttp://

El Mercurio (Chile) El Nacional (México)

El Comercio ( Perú)

El Observador (Uruguay) Nueva Prensa Cubana (Cuba) UTS Library The UTS library holds a variety of Spanish Language and Culture related resources available for loan or in Closed Reserve.