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Spanish - unit set code MJ-A000051

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

Spanish is a major international language with more than 400 million speakers on five continents. It is the national language of more than twenty countries and the third most spoken language in the world (after Mandarin and English). Spanish is an official language of the United Nations and of other important international organisations such as the European Union and the Organisation of American States. In the United States of America, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language. In Australia, Spanish is one of the seven most common languages (excluding English) spoken in the home (ABS Census data 2011).

Spanish as a foreign language is a popular choice for a great number of people all over the world. For English speakers, Spanish is relatively accessible. Studying a Spanish major can have multiple cultural and linguistic benefits and position students in the best possible place to become worldly citizens.

Introduction of the Spanish major further reinforces the commitment to internationalisation of the curriculum in the Deakin Languages program. Students learn languages, develop cultural awareness and competency, and acquire an international perspective. Acquiring Spanish language skills, and knowledge of the cultures and societies of the Hispanic world, will enable students to pursue a range of career paths from international trade and commerce, to the diplomatic corps, and education. There is an added layer of depth for the University as a whole - to its engagement with the world, and enhanced graduate outcomes for students seeking work in a global market.

Spanish major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

ALS100Spanish 1A

ALS150Spanish 1B

Level 2

ALS200Spanish 2A

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

ALS250Spanish 2B

Level 3

ALS300Intermediate Spanish 3A

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Advanced Spanish 3B

The Spanish major sequence for students who have completed Spanish at Level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

ALS200Spanish 2A

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

ALS250Spanish 2B

Level 2

ALS300Intermediate Spanish 3A

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Advanced Spanish 3B

Level 3

ALS360 Spanish: Selected Topics I*

ALS370 Spanish: Selected Topics II*

*The introduction of Spanish major sequence units will be staggered with level one coded units only offered in 2014; level two coded units from 2015; and level three coded units from 2016 and 2017.

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