• Class Number 4097
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero
    • Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

History of the Spanish Language, a linguistic time travel is an introduction to the main concepts and methods of the analysis of Spanish across time. The course focuses on the evolution of Spanish from Latin, paying attention to the changes in its components (sounds, verbs, configurations, etc.) and to the external history of the language in Spain and the world. Students will examine Spanish in its historical and changing nature and will explore the main literary works from a linguistic and cultural perspective.

This course is listed in both the Spanish major and the Linguistics major.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe and analyse the structures of Spanish across time using appropriate specialized terminology.
  2. Describe and analyse the changing and evolving nature of Spanish and the main historical events and cultural expressions linked to the language.
  3. Engage with current literature in historical linguistics of Spanish.
  4. Communicate in Spanish orally and in writing at the B2 level (first part).

Required Resources

Required readings will be made available on Wattle or through the library. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • As part of their daily practice/discussion in class.
  • As part of their homework/readings, etc.
  • Through the activities/readings that the student will complete outside of the classroom as an autonomous learner.
  • Through the additional resources the student will explore at the library and online.
  • During office hours and by email.
  • As indications and/or corrections on assignments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Please refer to Wattle for detail.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Test 35 % 01/01/2029 02/01/2029 1, 2, 4
Presentation 30 % 01/01/2029 02/01/2029 1, 2, 4
Encyclopaedia entry 35 % 01/01/2029 02/01/2029 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4


The test will assess the material presented in class and studied in class and at home up until the last class of week 8, with special attention to the theory and its application.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4


Students will choose a topic (TBA) to explore and present to the rest of the class. Students will need to go to the library, etc. to find academic, relevant resources for their topic (Wikipedia is not an appropriate source). At least one reference must be in Spanish; the rest can be in English. In their assigned time slot (approx. 15 min, depending on number of presentations), they will need to present their topic to the rest of the class. Content, organisation, clarity of exposition, oral comprehensibility, and use of proper materials will be assessed. Students will need to provide the rest of the class with a handout of their presentation, including all references cited. The presentations will be in Spanish. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Encyclopaedia entry

The encyclopaedia entry provides students with the opportunity to explore a specific point of interest in the linguistic history of Spanish. This controlled research-based task will develop throughout the semester. It will provide the students with the opportunity to build and improve their research skills by exploring existing academic resources (easily accessible via the ANU Library) in order to come up with a summary that shows their ability to think critically about the history of Spanish and about the additional resources they have used (approx. 1000 words). As is usual in international conferences and workshops, they will also design a handout to distribute among their classmates during a brief discussion in class, led by themselves, which will also contribute another opportunity for discussion/critical thinking/reflection on the topic.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. 

Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned/made available to students within 15 working days, unless circumstances beyond the lecturer's/tutor’s control prevent this. Please familiarise yourself with your lecturer’s office hours. Should you have any questions about the course or the content, please see him during his consultation hours. You should do the same if you failed to collect an assignment which was already returned in class or if you want to discuss your results. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

Research Interests

Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

Thursday 11:00 11:50
Thursday 11:00 11:50
Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

Research Interests

Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

Thursday 11:00 11:50
Thursday 11:00 11:50

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