SPAN203 The Sound of Spanish: Diction, Dialects and Diversity

Updated: 15 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites SPAN201
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

Students will need access to a computer with basic recording software (Windows Sound Recorder or Audacity, for example)

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Maria Bortolotto (
Unit Description

The unit introduces the students to socio-linguistic aspects of the use of Spanish such as dialectal variations and bilingualism, through a study of basic Spanish phonetics and phonology, with special emphasis on practical aspects of both the pronunciation and the correct spelling of the language.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply knowledge of socio-linguistic issues related to the use of Spanish around the world such as: varieties of Spanish and their social implications, bilingualism, relationship of Spanish with other languages (particularly English), and speakers' attitudes towards their use of language;
  2. identify Spanish dialectal differences (especially phonetic ones) and show enhanced intercultural competence as Spanish speakers;
  3. apply and decode phonetic transcription to effectively render spoken utterances in Spanish, including specific sound, stress and intonation patterns; and
  4. demonstrate applied knowledge of specific requirements for both spoken and written Spanish at an intermediate level and self reflect on identified areas for improvement.