University of Technology Sydney

97501 Spanish Language and Culture 1

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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 basic reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. It corresponds to Level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. The subject also facilitates an understanding of and engagement with the sociocultural contexts in which the Spanish language is used. Students develop intercultural understanding and engagement by recognising, exploring, interpreting and moving between the languages and practices of two or more cultures. Students take an active part in collaborative learning activities to practice and consolidate their language skills.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

a. Comprehend and respond to simple texts in oral and written Spanish
b. Produce simple texts in oral and written Spanish
c. Demonstrate intercultural awareness across two or more cultural contexts.

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):

  • Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally. (INT.1.1)
  • Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally. (INT.3.1)
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in an additional language for everyday and professional purposes. (INT.3.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject uses a communicative approach in class to maximise students' potential for effective communication in the target language. A series of activities such as interactive activities working 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 class to make effective use of resources and subject material (including resources online), community and peer resources available to them to support their learning.

Students are encouraged to 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 their goals for the use of Spanish (for instance studying abroad or travel in a particular country or region) and tailoring their 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 to language education, students are encouraged to use the target language within the classroom environment and to build confidence to use the target language outside the classroom. The approximate time commitment expected from students is 12 hours per week, including class time.


Assessment task 1: Written tasks


a, b and c

Weight: 30%

Written task 1: 150 words

Written task 2: 200 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of reading and written Spanish 20 a, b INT.3.2
Lexical and grammatical accuracy 20 a, b INT.3.2
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 30 b INT.3.2
Organisation and coherence of ideas 20 a, b INT.3.2
Appropriate use of cultural conventions relevant to the task 10 c INT.1.1, INT.3.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Speaking skills assessment


a and b

Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Variety, originality and demonstration of the full range of vocabulary and structures studied 20 a, b INT.3.2
Lexical and grammatical accuracy 20 a, b INT.3.2
Appropriate use of cultural conventions and/or communication strategies relevant to the task 30 a, b INT.3.1, INT.3.2
Intelligibility of pronunciation (use of appropriate intonation/stress 15 a, b INT.3.2
Degree of fluency (rate and speed of utterance) 15 a, b INT.3.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Test


a, b and c

Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension of spoken and written Spanish 20 a INT.3.2
Accuracy and effective use of a broad range of vocabulary, expression and grammatical structures 40 b INT.3.2
Organisation and coherence of ideas 30 b INT.3.2
Reflection upon the relationship between Hispanic and other Cultures 10 c INT.3.1, INT.3.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Attendance at tutorials is essential in this subject. Classes are based on a collaborative approach that involves essential work-shopping and interchange of ideas with other students and the tutor. A roll will be taken at each class. If you are late to class and not present when the roll is taken, it is your responsibility to tell your tutor at the end of that class so that your attendance can be recorded. Please note that if you are more than 30 minutes late, you will be noted as absent. Students must attend at least 85% of their classes. Students who fail to do so will be refused the opportunity to take or submit their final assessment (see Rule 3.8). In order to pass this subject, students must earn an overall total of 50 marks or more.

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 PLUS 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.