• Class Number 5071
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Fabricio Tocco
    • Dr Fabricio Tocco
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
    • 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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) Participation (10%)
2 Chapter 2: Review (Participle, Compound Past) Participation (10%)
3 Chapter 3: Uses of Prepositions Participation (10%)
4 Chapter 4: Present Continuous Participation (10%), Writing Assignment (10%)
5 Chapter 5: Simple Past (Regular and Irregular verbs), Differences between Past Tenses (Simple and Compound) Participation (10%)
6 Chapter 6: Quantifiers and Commands (Imperative Mood I) Participation (10%), Test 1 (20%)
7 Chapter 7: Direct Object, Commands (Imperative Mood II) Participation (10%)
8 Chapter 8: Imperfect Past Tense Participation (10%)
9 Chapter 9: Vocabulary (Body Parts and "Doler"), Superlative Participation (10%)
10 Chapter 10: Vocabulary to describe a neighbourhood, asking for favours Participation (10%)
11 Oral Exams Participation (10%), Oral Exam (25%)
12 Course Review and Final Test (last day of class) Participation (10%), Test 2 (35%)

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 MyTimetable. 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 (10%) 10 % 4
Midterm Test (20%) 20 % 1,2,3,4
Oral Test (25%) 25 % 1,5
Final Test (35%) 35 % 1,2,3,4
Class Participation and Engagement (10%) 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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 (10%)

Assessment Task 2

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

Midterm Test (20%)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,5

Oral Test (25%)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Test (35%)

Assessment Task 5

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

Class Participation and Engagement (10%)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All assignments (with the exception of the final exam) will be returned to the students, at most, two weeks after submission date.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

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Oscar Javier Patino Bonilla

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