• Class Number 5120
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Fabricio Tocco
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Oscar Javier Patino Bonilla
SELT Survey Results

This course continues to build on SPAN1001. The primary aim of this course is to further develop students' reading, writing, listening comprehension and conversational skills in the Spanish-language at an A1/A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Teaching is based on a communicative approach to language learning simulating real-life situations in the classroom. Cultural aspects of the Hispanic World are introduced through the language classes.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. communicate at an advanced beginner’s level that allows them to ask questions, directions and discuss a variety of topics confidently in Spanish;
  2. use present, past, and future tenses when expressing themselves in oral and written form;
  3. have a sufficient range of language to write short essays on a variety of topics, such as daily life with family and friends;
  4. express their views about a range of topics in writing and in conversations about such topics; and
  5. read and understand short literary texts.

Staff Feedback

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

  1. as part of the weekly Grammar lectures
  2. as part of their daily practice in class
  3. as part of their daily homework on the textbook’s online platform
  4. during continuous assessment and the feedback provided by it
  5. as indications and/or corrections on assignments
  6. during office hours and by email

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.

Other Information

Mode of delivery and workload

This course is offered on campus. There are 3 hours of intensive language, culture, linguistic competence and writing practice by immersion method each week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday plus 1 hour of Grammar Lecture on Wednesday. Attendance at all 4 weekly classes is highly recommended, in fact indispensable, if you want to reach the goals as set out in the Learning Outcomes.

Outside teaching time, students can expect a workload of 5 hours per week. These consist of (a) written and oral homework, and (b) fun and interesting videos accompanying each chapter. All activities will be accessed on the virtual learning platform of Tu Mundo. This is part of the book we are using, which can be bought and accessed from our Wattle page.

Communicative Proficiency: Students will be expected to have studied the material assigned for each class prior to each class meeting, so that class time can be devoted to productive practice and clarification of questions. Students must check the class Wattle website (https://wattle.anu.edu.au/) daily for important information about class assignments.

When in doubt about anything, ASK...and.... ask EARLY - don't leave it until the assignment due date. Your lecturers, tutors and College administration staff are here to help you.

Language students are reminded that it is prohibited to have assignments proof-read by other persons, e.g. native speakers, prior to submission. Such assistance falls under the definition of “cheating” and will be reported. If you need assistance please contact one of the teaching staff.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Chapter 1: Simple Present: Review (Regular, Irregular and Special verbs)
2 Chapter 2: Simple Past (Regular, Irregular and Reflexive verbs)
3 Chapter 3: Comparisons and Uses of Prepositions
4 Chapter 4: Present Continuous 1st Writing Assignment
5 Chapter 5: Compound Past (Regular and Irregular verbs)
6 Chapter 6: Review Direct Object and Impersonal Verbs Midterm Test
7 Chapter 7: Differences between Past Tenses (Simple and Compound)
8 Chapter 8: Vocabulary (parts of the body) and Imperative Mood
9 Chapter 9: Imperfect Past Tense 2nd Writing Assignment
10 Chapter 10: Differences between Past Tenses (including Imperfect and Past Continuous)
11 Oral Exams Oral Exams
12 Course Review and Final Test (last day of class) Final Test

Tutorial Registration

We use Wattle (https://wattle.anu.edu.au/) for the virtual book and its Learning platform, for all other resources (Grammar Lecture power points and Echo recording, links and information); announcements about the course will also be sent through the Wattle website. You can enrol into the tutorial groups on our course website. Our classes start in the first week, it is very important that you attend from the first day of the semester. You further need to make sure that you have access from your home computer so you can do all the audio-visual exercises and download the grammar material for home study. Most importantly you should check our website regularly for news and announcements.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
In-Class Writing 1 10 % 4
Midterm Test 20 % 1,2,3,4
In-Class Writing 2 15 % 4
Oral Test 15 % 1,5
Final Test 30 % 1,2,3,4
Class Participation and Performance 10 % 1,2,3,4,5

* 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

In-Class Writing 1

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Midterm Test

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

In-Class Writing 2

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,5

Oral Test

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Test

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Class Participation and Performance

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) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Composiciones will be hand-written in class and collected at the end by the Lecturer/tutor in charge of the class. An exemption to online submission for these tasks has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education).

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. 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. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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

Minitests and Pruebas will be returned online on Wattle, Composiciones 1 and 2 will be returned in class.

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.

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 Fabricio Tocco

Research Interests


Dr Fabricio Tocco

By Appointment
Oscar Javier Patino Bonilla

Research Interests

Oscar Javier Patino Bonilla

By Appointment

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