• Class Number 2065
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Catherine Travis
    • Catherine Travis
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course aims to extend the students' ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both in spoken and written Spanish, at B2.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages. It explores and helps students become confident in the use of selected aspects of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, reading, conversational and writing skills. Students are also exposed to complex texts and audio-visual materials in which the contemporary cultures and societies of Spanish-speaking countries are explored in detail.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. communicate orally in Spanish with substantially comprehensible and intelligible pronunciation, both spontaneously and in prepared contexts;
  2.  communicate in writing in Spanish integrating relevant vocabulary and grammar to complete a task;
  3. apply knowledge of Spanish grammar and metalinguistic awareness to produce complex linguistic structures orally and in writing;
  4. demonstrate command of a wide range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions in Spanish, and familiarity of these across varieties of Spanish; and
  5. demonstrate broad expertise in critical thinking by understanding, synthesising and interpreting increasingly complex themes, texts and figures of Hispanic culture, and using the appropriate discursive and argumentative language.

Required Resources

Vitamina B2 online textbook; Available from: https://www.blinklearning.com

(also available in papercopy: Eva Casarejos, Daniel Martínez, Berta Sarralde. 2022. Vitamina B2. Madrid: SGEL Libros)

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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

Unless otherwise indicated, students are expected to complete assignments on their own and are not permitted to ask for help from other people or from automatic translation websites or apps. Improper collaboration of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to courseTema 1.1: Señas de identidad
2 Tema 1.2: Señas de identidad
3 Tema 2.1: Enigmas
4 Tema 2.2: Enigmas Writing assignment
5 Tema 3.1: Al límite
6 Tema 3.2: Al límite Test 1
7 Tema 4.1: Referentes
8 Tema 4.2: Referentes
9 Tema 5.1: Evolución Oral assessment
10 Tema 5.2: Evolución
11 Tema 6.1: El paso del tiempo
12 Tema 6.2: El paso del tiempo Test 2

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Class engagement 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Writing assignment 20 % 2,3,4,5
Test 1 25 % 1,2,3,4,5
Oral assessment 20 % 1,3,4,5
Test 2 25 % 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: 1,2,3,4,5

Class engagement

Regular attendance at, preparation for, and active participation in class, and completion of on-line activities from the textbook

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Writing assignment

An in-class writing assignment (500 words, 60 mins) on a topic provided by the lecturer. You will be given a list of topics beforehand (drawing from themes arising the textbook) from which you will be assigned one to write about in class.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Test 1

An in-class test (60 mins), covering Spanish language and culture topics covered in chapters 1-3, including listening and reading comprehension; grammar and vocabulary; and speaking.

Assessment Task 4

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

Oral assessment

An oral presentation (15 mins) followed by a question/answer session, carried out in small groups on pre-assigned topics.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Test 2

An in-class test (60 mins), covering Spanish language and culture topics covered in chapters 4-6, including listening and reading comprehension; grammar and vocabulary; and speaking.

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

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • 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.

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).

Catherine Travis

Research Interests

Hispanic linguistics, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, language contact, bilingualism, Australian English, Australian migrant communities 

Catherine Travis

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Catherine Travis

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Catherine Travis

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