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SPAN231 Intermediate Spanish 1

The development of skills in Spanish language to an intermediate level, with emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will increase their proficiency in Spanish communication and develop their knowledge of the culture and values of Spanish peoples.

Are you interested in learning Spanish? Are you planning to travel around Latin America or Spain? This course will develop student's skills in Spanish language to an intermediate level, with emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also be trained in the grammatical analysis of intermediate-level Spanish.

Paper title Intermediate Spanish 1
Paper code SPAN231
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 SPAN 102. You may be able to take this paper without the prerequisite if you can demonstrate the required ability. Use the special permission process to apply to do this; please proceed through the application process to reach the window for Special Permission. Please list any qualifications you have gained e.g. NCEA, and years studied, as well as a note of any other exposure to this language. This request together with any documentation you provide or request for the transfer of credit(s) will then be submitted for approval.
SPAN 201 or SPAN 232 or any other more advanced Spanish language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students should choose the level of paper appropriate to their knowledge of the language. Students may be moved to a higher or lower level of language paper at the discretion of the Programme Co-ordinator.
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Teaching staff
Paper Convenor: Dr Rogelio Guedea
Lecturers: Dr Adelso Yanez
Teaching Fellow Francisco Araya
Paper Structure
SPAN 231 is a paper aimed at consolidating the knowledge of the Spanish language acquired at the 100-level. In addition, some of the more complicated elements of Spanish grammar will be covered. This paper emphasises an understanding of intermediate level grammar, the oral practice of the language and reading comprehension. The teaching methodology used in SPAN 231 is student-centred, with the lecturer/tutor acting as facilitator, with the ultimate goal of making the students independent users of the Spanish language. The lecturer/tutor will conduct the class in Spanish and students are expected to communicate with classmates and their lecturer/instructor in Spanish.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, team work, lifelong learning, critical thinking, research, self-motivation, global perspective, teamwork. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
The required textbooks are: AULA Internacional 2, libro del alumno by Jaime Corpas, Agustín Garmendia, Carmen Soriano.
Coordinación pedagógica a cargo de Neus Sans. Difusión, S.L Barcelona 2005.
In addition to the required text, all students must have a Spanish/English dictionary. (Available from the University Bookshop).
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students should be able to:
  • Maintain a conversation in Spanish of 10-15 minutes
  • Write compositions of up to 400 words with the help of a Spanish-English dictionary
  • Read and comprehend texts in Spanish of up to 800 words
Suitable for undergraduate students interested in learning Spanish language and culture with previous experience.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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

Oral Class

Weeks: 10-14,16-22 Wed : 10:00-10:50
or Thurs : 12:00-12:50
Weeks: 10-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 13:00-13:50