ALS250 - Spanish in Diverse Contexts: Language and Societies in the Spanish Speaking World

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Elena Alonso Mira

Students must have completed units ALS100, ALS150 and ALS200 at Deakin or equivalent level of proficiency demonstrated by sitting a language placement test

Incompatible with: Nil
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 2-hour combined class and seminar per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 2-hour combined online class and seminar per week, 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit will continue to develop students’ knowledge of, and competency in, Spanish. The Unit will further expose students to the sociolinguistic and sociocultural aspects of Spanish communication at a continuing intermediate level. In addition, this unit will present about, and encourage students to critically engage with, the diversity of the Hispanic world through the study of the histories, societies and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. This unit assumes 1.5-years of prior knowledge or study of the language – ALS100, ALS150, ALS200 or equivalent.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and recognise complex written and aural texts, and a variety of expressions in Spanish in unfamiliar contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Express a range of ideas in Spanish and work with others to communicate sensitively in diverse social situations

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork


Critical evaluate and interpret a range of written and aural texts related to the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse, extract, and use information from spoken and written texts in Spanish

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Online Exercises 1600 words
or equivalent in foreign language

Total 40%

(4 x 10%)

Week 3
Week 5
Week 8
Week 10
Assessment 2 - Writing Exercises 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Oral Test 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% Week 12
Assessment 4 - End-of-unit assessment 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% End-of-unit assessment period

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 ALS250
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.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: