• Class Number 2107
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Ailen Cruz
    • Dr Ailen Cruz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed to further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the Spanish language at early to mid B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Specific targets include grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking skills, and reading and writing skills. Attention is also devoted to pragmatic and sociocultural aspects of the language. Students will be encouraged to develop autonomous learning practices, control over their own learning strategies and reflect on their engagement with sources of information. The course is taught in Spanish.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use and understand vocabulary, grammatical structures, pragmatic content and cultural aspects at the B1 level (first part);
  2. communicate orally by integrating the vocabulary, grammar structures, pragmatic content and cultural aspects discussed in class in controlled and less controlled settings;
  3. produce short texts on topics developed and/or discussed in class at the B1 level (first part);
  4. extract, analyse and use information from oral, audiovisual and written Spanish texts, including additional resources at the B1 level (first part); and
  5. evaluate their own learning practices and personal goals as an autonomous learner.

Examination Material or equipment

TBA in class

Staff Feedback

Feedback will take different forms, and includes:

From the lecturer:

-       Marks on work submitted

-       Comments / corrections on work submitted

-       Oral feedback provided in class

-       One-on-one sessions with the lecturer during office hours

From peers

-       During in-group activities, conversation or study opportunities organized by the students outside of class time, forum posts and comments.

From outside sources

-        Through activities that the student completes outside of the classroom as an autonomous learner, and independent work conducted using additional resources, for example, in the library and online

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 Introduction
2 Review
3 Review
4 Review
5 Conditional Composition 1
6 Test 1 Test 1
7 Imperative
8 Imperative
9 Composition 2 Composition 2
10 Introduction to the subjunctive
11 Speaking Test Speaking Test
12 Test 2 Test 2

Tutorial Registration

Available through the Course Wattle Page during O Week.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 1,2,5
Composition 1 10 % 1,3,5
Test 1 20 % 1,3,4,5
Composition 2 15 % 1,3
Oral Test 15 % 1,2,5
Test 2 30 % 1,3,4,5

* 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. 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: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5


Consistency is key when learning languages. Because of this, 10% of students’ grades will reflect their ongoing participation and commitment to learning Spanish. Students are expected to punctually attend all classes having completed homework and read any assigned materials. Attendance on its own is not enough to achieve a high participation grade. Students’ preparation, commentary and questions during class, completion of class homework, and group work participation will all be weighed when assigning this portion of the grade. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Composition 1

Composition 1: This composition will be a take-home composition. Students are expected to write a 225–250-word paragraph on their favourite book. Students may write on their favourite character, an important theme, or any other aspect that they might wish to write about. Students are expected to use outside sources, and to use varied tenses (i.e., past, present, future), varied vocabulary, and correct grammar. Compositions will receive high scores if they demonstrate thoughtful engagement with both the source material and a good grasp of material covered in class.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5

Test 1

Tests (pruebas) will assess student’s grasp of listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, cultural knowledge, and reading comprehension in a holistic manner (i.e., an exercise could test culture, grammar, and reading comprehension all at once). Tests will cover all concepts studied in class and in homework, including additional readings and short films. Test 2 will mainly focus on the second portion of the class but might include concepts from the first half.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Composition 2

Composition 2: This composition will be written in class and is expected to range from 250 to 300 words. Students will be given the topic the day of the composition, and will be expected to use material learned in class, as well as incorporate new tenses and grammatical structures (i.e., conditional, some subjunctive, etc.) 

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Oral Test

Oral Test: The oral test will consist of a 5-minute one-on-one conversation with your teacher. You will be provided with an image and asked to describe it. Your instructor will then ask you several questions about the image to elicit different grammatical structures learned in class. Students will receive more details about the oral test in the weeks leading up to it. 

Assessment Task 6

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5

Test 2

Tests (pruebas) will assess student’s grasp of listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, cultural knowledge, and reading comprehension in a holistic manner (i.e., an exercise could test culture, grammar, and reading comprehension all at once). Tests will cover all concepts studied in class and in homework, including additional readings and short films. Test 2 will mainly focus on the second portion of the class but might include concepts from the first half. 

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. Late submission is not accepted for in-class activities or tests/exams.

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 familiarize yourself with your lecturers’ office hours. Should you have any questions about the course or the content, please see us during our consultation hours. You should do the same if you were unable 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.

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).

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