2 x 2-hour tutorials weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SPAN1121, SPAN1121A, SPAN1121B has been successfully completed
Assignment(s); Examination(s) 35%; Test(s); Tutorial presentation; Oral.
Topic description

The emphasis in this topic is placed on understanding spoken and written Spanish as well as on speaking and writing in Spanish.

The overall goal of the topic is to enable beginner students to begin interacting in Spanish as naturally and as spontaneously as possible. The topic will enable students to produce basic information about their background, routines, interests and immediate environment and to communicate in basic Spanish with native speakers of the language.

Students will use the language in real, meaningful situations, and will begin to acquire the skills for effective listening, speaking, reading and writing in basic Spanish.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to the Spanish language through continuous and graded speaking, listening, reading and writing activities
  • Engage students in interactive activities in Spanish so that they can use Spanish in natural, spontaneous and meaningful ways
  • Encourage students to learn independently and collaboratively in an anxiety-free environment
  • Introduce students to socio-cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Communicate in speech and writing in a range of personal and social contexts using basic Spanish
  2. Recognise and use a range of basic grammatical and syntactical structures and vocabulary
  3. Recognise and use the main conventions of basic standard Spanish
  4. Obtain and provide services and information using basic speech and writing
  5. Extract information from short, simple written texts and spoken passages in Spanish
  6. Recognise specific features of Hispanic culture: holidays, etiquette, traditions, gestures

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.