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

Paper title Introductory Spanish 1
Paper code SPAN131
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (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 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

Dr Moira Fortin Cornejo

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

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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 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22
A3 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41