Spanish (SPAN) 400

Advanced Spanish Grammar I (Revision 2)

SPAN 400

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: SPAN 301, SPAN 330 or equivalent, or professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SPAN 400 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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SPAN 400 reviews and further develops language skills acquired in earlier Spanish courses. The emphasis is on advanced grammatical structures and the acquisition of a more specialized vocabulary. The objective of SPAN 400 is to strengthen both written and oral skills that will enable students to communicate in a variety of contexts. Students are expected to perform simple literary analyses.

Learning Outcomes

Spanish 400 has been designed using an integrated four-skill approach: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course prepares the student to use Spanish in real-life situations by developing oral and written communication skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • recognize, employ, and combine advanced grammatical structures.
  • perform close readings of authentic texts in Spanish.
  • identify and describe social issues facing contemporary Hispanic society.
  • identify, describe, and analyse the impact of Hispanics in Canada and in the broader global context.
  • link various literary expressions to sociocultural situations.
  • communicate ideas using appropriate language, structure, and formats in written and oral forms.


Your final grade in the course will be determined based on the marks achieved for the following assignments and the final exam. To receive credit for SPAN 400, you must submit all of the assignments and write the final examination. You must achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent)and at least D (50 percent) on the final examination to pass the course.

Activity Weighting
5 Written Assignments 25%
5 Oral Assignments 25%
2 Essays 20%
Final Written Exam 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Canteli Dominicis, María, Michael T. Dabrowski, and Fresia C. Sánchez. Repase y escriba: Textbook. Custom 7th edition prepared for Athabasca University, Wiley, 2018.

Allen, Thomas G., Michael T. Dabrowski, and Fresia C. Sánchez. Repase y escriba: Workbook. Custom 7th edition prepared for Athabasca University, Wiley, 2019.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

The course materials include an online course manual, study guide, and course information.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SPAN 400 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the final written examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, May 6, 2019.