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ALS100 - Spanish 1A


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Eugenia Demuro
Trimester 2: Eugenia Demuro




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 1-hour class, 2 x 1-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour computer-based seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1.5-hour online seminar per week


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit for campus modes

No student enrolment quotas for Cloud (online) offering

This unit assumes no prior knowledge or study of the language


Advanced Standing in Spanish: 

Non-VCE students with prior knowledge of Spanish (such as heritage-speakers) can contact the Spanish Program Coordinator to organise a placement test preferably before the commencement of trimester. The test evaluates students’ proficiency in Spanish so that, if and when adequate prior knowledge is demonstrated, advanced standing in Spanish can be granted and specific unit pre-requisites can be waived. Non VCE-students with prior knowledge of Spanish are then able to enrol at the most suitable level


This unit will give students an introduction to basic vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure of Spanish for use in everyday contexts and daily activities. Students will be familiarised with the sociolinguistic and sociocultural aspects of Spanish communication at a basic level. In addition, this unit introduces the diversity of the Hispanic world through the study of the histories, societies and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This unit assumes no prior knowledge or study of the language.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand simple utterances and expressions in Spanish, using simple tenses (present, present progressive)

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use basic constructions to express ideas related to personal experience in Spanish

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use online technologies to access material in Spanish

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management


Use basic constructions to express ideas related to the cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop a basic awareness of the specific characteristics of culture associated with the Spanish language

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Quizzes 1500 words 25% Ongoing
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Writing Exercise 300 words 20% Week 7
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Oral Test   25% Information not yet available
Assessment 4 (Individual) - Test   30% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALS100 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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