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    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' paper, all you need is your interest, enthusiasm and energy; we can do the rest.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introductory Spanish 1
    Subject Spanish
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 (

    Suitable for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish language.

    Teaching staff

    Francisco Araya Suarez

    Paper Structure

    This paper is divided into four units, each of which introduces aspects of Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

    Teaching Arrangements

    There will be 4 hours of lectures per week.


    Required: Blitt, Mary Ann, and Margarita Casas. Exploraciones (with MindTap) 3rd Edition, published 2020.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
    A3 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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