Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald


This unit aims to provide a basic foundation in the basic language skills essential to fieldwork. The skills of listening, speaking, and reading Spanish are the focus, together with an introduction to contemporary Latin American social and political history and culture. It is specifically designed for those students who have little or no knowledge of the language and wish to develop the language and cultural competencies required for fieldwork.


Upon successful completion of this unit, learners should be able to:

  1. Understand and speak basic Spanish with reference to present, past and future events in a range of everyday situations
  2. read elementary but authentic texts in Spanish
  3. understand basic structural aspects of Spanish
  4. have an enhanced understanding of language learning and communication strategies, and
  5. understand key aspects of contemporary Latin American culture and society


Reading comprehension activities: 20%
Listening comprehension activities: 20%
Oral production activities: 30%
Cultural competency activities: 20%
Basic informational written activities: 10%

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Workload requirements

60 hours of class over a 3 week period plus individual study.


Approval by the unit co-ordinator