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ALS150 - Spanish 1B


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 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 trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Elena Alonso Mira
Trimester 3: Elena Alonso Mira

ALS100 or equivalent



Incompatible with:


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 per week, 3 x 1-hour 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


This unit assumes one semester of prior tertiary study of the language or the equivalent


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 advance students’ competency of basic vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure of Spanish in extended social contexts and daily activities. Students will continue to learn the sociolinguistic and sociocultural aspects of Spanish communication at a basic level. In addition, this unit will build on the students’ knowledge of the Hispanic world through the study of the histories, societies and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This unit assumes one semester of prior tertiary study of the language or the equivalent.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand more complex utterances and expressions in Spanish

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use more complex language constructions (in simple and compound tenses) to solve problems in interaction in everyday contexts in Spanish

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Use online technologies to access authentic material in Spanish, and for research purposes

GLO3: Digital literacy


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

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate autonomous learning through self-study as directed

GLO6: Self-management


Work and study collaboratively with other Spanish language students

GLO7: Teamwork

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


Trimester 2:
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: ALS150 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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