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SPAN131 Introductory Spanish 1

An introductory course in reading, writing, listening to, and speaking Spanish for students with no previous knowledge of the language.

Are you interested in learning to speak, read, write and understand basic Spanish while also learning about Hispanic culture? With over 400 million native speakers worldwide Spanish is truly a world language and the ability to communicate in a second language will distinguish you from other graduates. As a beginners course, all you need is your interest, enthusiasm, and energy, we can do the rest. No previous knowledge required.

Paper title Introductory Spanish 1
Paper code SPAN131
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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SPAN 132 or any other more advanced Spanish language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
This paper is for beginners only and is not available to students who have passed NCEA Level 2 or 3 (or equivalent) in Spanish.  For further information, contact the Programme Coordinator (
More information link
View further information about SPAN 131
Teaching staff
Paper Convenor: Dr Tiffany Trotman
Paper Structure
This course is divided into five units each of which introduces aspects of Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, communication, critical thinking, information literacy, self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Required: Aula Internacional 1, Libro del alumno. Difusión. 2005.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge-based outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of introductory Spanish grammatical structures
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the varied cultural perspectives within the Hispanic world
Skills-based outcomes
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform basic linguistic tasks (reading, writing, listening and speaking in the target language)
  • Evidence increased self-confidence and risk taking with basic linguistic tasks
  • Demonstrate an ability to express oneself creatively in simple written and oral tasks in the target language
Suitable for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish language.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 09:00-09:50
Weeks: 9-13,16-22 Fri : 09:00-10:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Tues : 09:00-10:50
Tues : 11:00-11:50
Tues : 14:00-15:50
or Tues, Thurs : 16:00-17:50
Wed, Thurs : 09:00-09:50
Thurs : 13:00-14:50