Window into Hispanic Cultures

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Window into Hispanic Cultures

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Spanish, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: 2081LAL Intermediate Spanish II or 2083LAL Intermediate Spanish II (enhanced) or placement test with the coordinator of the Spanish Studies Major or the convenor of this course.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is for those who want to improve their knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. It has adopted CEF standards in its teaching to help students to progress towards becoming B2 Spanish independent users, at the same time that they become familiar with the internationally recognised Diploma de Espa?ol como Lengua Extranjera (Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language) or DELE (Level B2).The course will help students to improve their Spanish language skills in a collaborative and communicative language learning environment, and to develop further as reflective autonomous language learners. It uses a snap-shot approach that takes the learner into a journey that presents different aspects of the Hispanic world. It aims to help the learner to gain a better understanding of the Hispanic people, their language, and their rich cultures, as well as to equip them with the relevant argumentative and informal debating skills to be able to participate in the Spanish speaking world in meaningful ways. Students will contribute to interactive classroom debates on issues relevant to the cultural Hispanic world.

    Course Introduction
    This advanced Spanish course has adopted CEF standards in its teaching to help students to progress towards becoming B2 Spanish independent users.The Common European Framework (CEF) of Reference for Languages developed by the Council of Europe established international standards for Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment in all modern European languages, including Spanish. As a result, six common reference levels of language proficiency within the CEF framework were established (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2).

    The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language are internationally recognised qualifications that allow you to accredit your language level in Spanish. The Cervantes Institute awards the Diplomas, on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. There are six diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language, corresponding to the levels proposed by the Council of Europe within the common European reference framework. The Level B2 diploma -Diploma de Español Nivel B2 (Advanced level) validates sufficient linguistic ability to get by in average day-to-day situations in normal communication circumstances, which do not require specialized use of the language. According to the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), a B2 independent language user can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. It can also interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

    In this course, students will improve their Spanish language skills in a collaborative and meaningful language learning environment. Their knowledge of the Hispanic world will increase, as the course uses a snapshot approach to introduce different themes relevant to the Hispanic world. In addition, the students will be able to acquire debating skills in Spanish language and to develop further as autonomous Spanish language learners.

    Course Aims
    The main aims of 3086LAL (A Window into the Hispanic World) include to help students to further develop and consolidate their Spanish linguistic competences (listening, writing, reading, speaking), increase their knowledge of the Hispanic world, progress towards becoming B2 Spanish independent users, and to grow as autonomous and reflective Spanish language learners in a collaborative and communicative language learning environment.
    In addittion, the course aims to help students to become familiar with the internationally recognised Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language) or DELE (Level B2).

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 further develop and consolidate students' Spanish linguistic competences (listening, writing, reading, speaking, and grammaring)
    2 become familiar with the International Diploma de Espanol (DELE) B2- Independent User- and provide learning opportunities to progress towards developing the independent user level of competence.
    3 provide students with a opportunity to learn about different issues relevant to the Hispanic world to gain a better understanding of its people, language and cultures;
    4 motivate students to consolidate, use and develop further their Spanish language skills in meaningful contexts within and outside the classroom working with more advanced speakers or native speakers of Spanish language;
    5 help students to learn about argumentative skills in Spanish language;
    6 learn to debate informally in Spanish on current cultural, social, political and economic issues related to the Hispanic world; and
    7 help the student to acquire the skills needed to develop further as an autonomous and reflective language learner

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Reading Comprehension test

    10%/100

    Test or quiz
    Listening, Vocabulary and Grammar Test

    30%/100

    Portfolio - evidence
    Student Debate (Performance/Reflective Analysis)

    40%/100

    Test or quiz
    Written Test

    20%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.