Spanish 1 was reviewed by Kelly Jones. She is currently a second year science student, looking at majoring in Human Structure and Function or physiology.
When was the subject taken?
Semester 1, 2012
What topics were covered in the subject?
A semesters worth of Spanish language (probably relative to the first few years of school) – so we covered greetings, classroom stuff (objects, talking about subjects/courses/degrees), numbers, family, age, habits/hobbies, date/time/season, clothing, likes/dislikes, describing houses/cities, talking about the future/past, feelings/emotions/physical states, on-going actions, careers, daily routine sport……. Not to mention all the cultural things that you learn too!
What textbooks/workbooks were required for the subject?
Basically you’ll need to make a purchase of the Spanish book that they use because you won’t get away without it. Last year they used one called ‘Exploraciones’ by Mary Ann Blitt and Margarita Casas. I assume they’ll use the same one this year, but you never know! Anyway, this book gives you a fabulous vocabulary at the back so I really wouldn’t worry about getting a Spanish/English dictionary (I didn’t use one) – all the vocab will be at the back (plus there’s conjugation of verbs and vocabulary at the back! Even better!).
What type of assessments were they?
I am not going to lie, but being a science student taking this subject, the assessments were a HUGE relief. Most of the work goes into smaller assessments during semester (oral presentation with classmates worth 10%, two homework tasks worth 15% each, and online tasks worth 10%), and at the end of the semester there is an oral exam (20%)…and finally a written exam (30%).
Were the lectures/tutorials recorded when you did the subject?
There were only tutes. Tutes weren’t recorded, but they do have the syllabus online so if you miss a class it is easy to follow what happened during the class that you missed.
How did you find the subject? Did you enjoy it?
I LOVED this subject! It was so much fun. I think the cultural aspects that they add to it make it so great as well. It’s not hard, the teachers make it fun, and you get to integrate with all the other students and make new friends. Spanish-y friends. Plus you get to learn Spanish.
Kelly rates the subject: 5 out of 5
Handbook link: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/4ipn