• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Areas of interest European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Catherine Travis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course introduces students to the multilingual nature of the Spanish-speaking world and related global issues, such as migration and diffusion of language variability, language attitudes, and educational politics. The main focus is on diverse outcomes of language contact with Amerindian languages in its historical and contemporary context. Students will investigate how multilingualism, in its social and geographic dimensions, affects lexical and syntactic differences in Spanish as spoken in Latin America and in Europe by extension. Based on in-depth case studies and individual research projects, students will be introduced to methodologies in studying dialectal variability and will gain first-hand experience at empirical linguistic analysis.

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. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the complex nature of language contact and multilingualism in its context.
  2. Identify and describe different varieties of Spanish.
  3. Systematically analyze variability across different varieties of Spanish, using linguistic theories.
  4. Use appropriate terminology in spoken and written language.
  5. Link variability patterns to theoretical concepts and place them within a wider cross-linguistic context.

Indicative Assessment

2 Exams (in-class, 50 min each) 20%+25%=45% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
Research project (Total of 1-4: 40%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
      1. written abstract, 500 words, 7% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
      2. presentation to class, 10 min, 8% [LO 1,2,4,5]
      3. written project report, 800 words, 13% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
      4. final presentation to class 10 min, 12% [LO 1,2,4,5]
Participation in the weekly linguistic Forum (written and oral), 15% [LO 1,2,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 3 hours of class per week
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN2002 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SPAN6604. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Textbook and any additional readings will be posted on Wattle and/or distributed in class.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of SPAN2002 or equivalent level of language competency as demonstrated by placement test.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6334 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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