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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 paper will develop students' 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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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SPAN 102 or SPAN 132
SPAN 102 or SPAN 132
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. If you have previous knowledge of the language you can still enrol in this paper via Special Permission by proceeding with your application process to the Review and Submit page or email for assistance.
Suitable for undergraduate students interested in learning Spanish language and culture with previous experience.
Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Tiffany Trotman

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 acting as facilitator and with the ultimate goal of making the students independent users of the Spanish language. The lecturer will conduct the class in Spanish, and students are expected to communicate with classmates and their lecturer/instructor in Spanish.

Teaching Arrangements
Three lectures per week and one tutorial.

Blitt, Mary Ann and Margarita Casa. Exploraciones (bundled with MindTap), 3rd edition (2020).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper 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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16-22