- Class Number 2771
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Mario Martin
- Dr Mario Martin
- 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
This course aims to extend the students' ability to communicate clearly and effectively both in spoken and written Spanish. A variety of literary, non-literary texts and audiovisual material will be used to further develop the students' communicative competence and give them an understanding of different cultural issues in Spanish-speaking societies. A wide variety of topics contained in contemporary comics and graphic novels from different Spanish-speaking countries will be explored.
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:
- function independently, effectively and creatively in unpredictable situations of a Spanish-speaking environment.
- communicate successfully at an intermediate level that will enable them to function effectively and confidently in Spanish.
- respond appropriately in Spanish in unpredictable situations.
- understand and use most Spanish grammatical structures when expressing themselves in oral and written form, including professional and culturally sensitive settings.
- demonstrate a great range of language sufficient to describe unpredictable situations, and express thoughts on topics arising in the cultural sources covered in class
The modules of this course have been created using pedagogical and second language acquisition research, both conducted by the convenor and by other researchers. The approach taken in the gramática module is based on research on how to transition from class-based learning to autonomous learning. The approach taken in the Historieta module is based on second language acquisition research on reading and the integration of cultural topics in the language classroom. The convenor has fist-hand experience in performance-led research in the dramatic arts. He has published two theatre books, and has received an international award for one of his plays. He also was a student of the creator of the Scenarios method of teaching language in the USA, which combines Sociolinguistic research and spontaneous interaction in the classroom (Robert Di Pietro, author of Strategic Interactions).
Actividades Escritas de Gramática (weekly gramar excercises to prepare and selfcorrect before each grammar class).
Lecturas 1. Recursos Teóricos de Gramática (Essential readings before each gramar class).
Lecturas 2. Recursos Teóricos Adicionales de Gramática (Additional readings on the gramar topics, useful to prepare for the Term Test and the Exam).
Historietas – Actividades de clase – Semanas 1 a 6 (Comics to be used in class in weeks 1-6, and to prepare for the Term Test)
Other materials available in the Wattle site, including handouts and minitests
It is anticipated marks and feedback on work submitted and tests will be available within two weeks of submission, unless circumstances beyond the lectures’ control prevent this. Marks for oral presentations will normally be given to students individually in class one week after the presentations.
Gramática: Students will be given regular exercises to prepare and self-correct outside of class. These will be placed on the Wattle site, along with the answers for students to correct their work (Answers for the Actividades Escritas de Gramática brick can be found at the end of the resource). Students will also do regular grammar mini-tests; the answers will be provided in class, and this is a key moment to ask for feedback from the instructor. Half an hour per week is allocated in the grammar module for this individualised feedback. Before each test, students will complete a larger mini-test and a class will be devoted to provide feedback on the grammatical topics covered.
Historietas: Detailed feedback on all aspects of this module will be provided throughout the semester. In the first three weeks, the teacher will model the analysis of the comics and students will progressively do the analyses by themselves. Before the collective oral presentation, the 7 groups will be able to consult both language and cultural issues reflected in the graphic novels with the teacher during classtime.
Escenarios: During the debriefing part of the scenarios, students are strongly encouraged to seek feedback on the use of language, appropriate grammar and vocabulary to be used in the social context of the scenario, and anything else related to the cultural context proposed in the interaction.
The last classes of the semester are dedicated to a preparation for the Final Test in the Historietas and Grammar modules.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||A detailed week by week schedule in Spanish will be provided in the first class and will be placed in the Wattle site of the course.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Term Test (Grammar and Historieta)||20 %||03/04/2019||29/04/2019||1, 3, 4|
|Final Test (Grammar and Historieta)||30 %||06/06/2019||22/06/2019||1, 3, 4|
|Collective Oral Presentation (Historieta)||15 %||07/05/2019||14/05/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Collective Oral Presentation (Escenarios)||20 %||10/01/2029||02/02/2029||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Class Performance and Participation||10 %||01/01/2029||02/02/2029||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Written analysis of graphic novel||5 %||21/05/2019||28/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
Class performance and participation is 10% of the total grade. The performance mark will be multiplied by an index constructed from attendance to calculate the final mark for this component of the course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Term Test (Grammar and Historieta)
Students are required to sit two written tests. The Term Test (one and a half hours) will take place in week 6, and the Final Exam (two and a half hours) during the official exam period. The content of the Term Test will reflect the work done in the Gramática and Historieta modules (15% and 7.5%, respectively). Students will be able to inspect the Term Test in class and return the test to the lecturer. The photocopying (or photographing with mobile devices) of the grammar section of the tests is not permitted. Students will be able to photocopy the Historietas sections of the tests if they so wish. The students should request the photocopying of the test to the course convenor. At least two weeks prior the term tests, during class and in Wattle, students will have access to a description of the term test and marking rubrics (when applicable).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Final Test (Grammar and Historieta)
Students are required to sit two written tests. The Term Test (one and a half hours) will take place in week 6, and the Final Exam (two and a half hours) during the official exam period. The content of the Term Test will reflect the work done in the Gramática and Historieta modules (15% and 7.5%, respectively), and the content of the Final Exam the work done in Gramática and Historieta modules (Grammar 22.5%, and Historietas 10%).
All sections in the Final Exam will be anonymously marked. Tests in SPAN6507 are nonreturnable assessment items. Students will be able to inspect Final Exam up to fourth months after the completion of assessment in the course. The photocopying (or photographing with mobile devices) of the grammar section of the tests is not permitted. Students will be able to photocopy the Historietas sections of the tests if they so wish. The students should request the photocopying of the test to the course convenor.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Collective Oral Presentation (Historieta)
In the second part of the semester, students will make a collective oral presentation about a graphic novel that they will analyse in groups.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Collective Oral Presentation (Escenarios)
Students will rehearse and present to the class in pairs (or groups of three people) a 7-10 minutes scenario based on a spontaneous interaction. They will also have to write a short script of the scenario based on their unscripted spontaneous interaction. As these are collective oral presentations, students will be able to evaluate their contribution and their peers’ contribution to the presentations.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Class Performance and Participation
The descriptors for class performance are as follows:
- 9-10 Thorough preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Programa/Calendario; excellent participation in the interactive and group exercises; excellent contribution to and participation in class discussion; full involvement in structured tutorial activities; shows sensitivity to classroom dynamics.
- 6-8 Good preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Programa/Calendario; alert and interested in the interactive and group exercises; good contribution to and participation in class discussion, regular involvement in structured tutorial activities.
- 3-5 Some preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Programa/Calendario; shows some interest in the interactive and group exercises; little contribution to and participation in class discussion; performance and participation are limited.
- 0-2 Rare or very little preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Programa/Calendario for every class; shows no interest in the interactive and group exercises; no contribution to or participation in class discussion.
The performance mark will be multiplied by an index constructed from attendance to calculate the final mark for this component of the course
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Written analysis of graphic novel
Graduate students will write a written analysis of the graphic novel they presented orally in assesment task 4
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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
Tests in SPAN6507 are nonreturnable assessment items. Students will be able to inspect the Term Test in class and return the test to the lecturer. Students will be able to inspect Final Exam up to fourth months after the completion of assessment in the course.
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Creative Writing (Including Playwriting); Literature in Spanish; Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics); Pedagogy of Language Teaching; Iberian Languages
Dr Mario Martin
Dr Mario Martin