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sp1000ca course and assessment guide ncea level 1


spanish (sp1000ca) teacher contact details When you first make contact with your teacher, please fill in their details below, for future reference.

name: telephone: 0800 65 99 88 ext: alternative telephone number: email address: Private Bag 39992, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045 Please keep your Spanish (SP1000) Course and assessment guide in a safe place so that you can use it to plan your study and to record your assessment results. For further information about courses at this level, please refer to Student Guide to Years 11–13 and the Student Guide to National Certificates.

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contents 1

Welcome to SP1000


Getting started information


SP1000 course outline


Assessment summary


Additional course materials


Assessment information


My course planner


My Spanish assessment record (SP1000)

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welcome to sp1000 Welcome to the Level 1 Spanish (SP1000) course offered by Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.

overview of sp1000 In this course, you will begin at Level 1 and work up to Level 6 (Year 11) of the Spanish curriculum. You will have the opportunity to gain up to 19 Level 1 credits on the National Qualifications Framework. The credits you gain will count towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). During this course you will build your communication skills in Spanish by: •• listening for understanding, interest and enjoyment •• speaking to be understood by native speakers of the language •• reading for meaning and for appreciation of the language and culture •• writing for a purpose and to be understood. This course can be endorsed with Merit or Excellence if in a single year you gain 14 or more credits at Merit and/or Excellence within Level 1 Spanish. At least three of these credits must be from externally assessed standards and three from internally assessed standards.

course content

This course is made up of 12 fortnightly resources and six standard assessments. Each resource contains: •• a booklet •• a workbook •• audio files or CD. Each assessment contains: •• a cover sheet •• the assessment activity •• an assessment feedback report. During the course you will also receive a Grammar supplement, which includes a concise explanation of Spanish grammar and bilingual vocabulary lists. Please refer to the supplement to revise grammar and vocabulary.



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getting started information how this course is delivered

SP1000 is a print-based course, with course material and supplementary material accessed from the online teaching and learning environment (OTLE). Dual enrolled students are expected to access material from OTLE. Other enrolled students may request printed materials to be posted, accepting there will be a delay between enrolment and receiving the first posting. You will receive an email explaining how to log in to OTLE. This email includes a link to set your password if you have not logged into the OTLE before. You can access OTLE by clicking on It is recommended that you bookmark this site in your browser. This will take you to a page with links to your courses. Your username and initial password is your Te Kura student ID number. You will be asked to set a new password when you first log in. After that, if you need to reset your password you can click on the ‘Forgot password’ link on the OTLE login page. If you have difficulties logging in, please email:

organising your study

Plan a regular time to study. Some people learn best from frequent short sessions while others do better with fewer, longer sessions. It is important to have a plan or a timetable and to keep to it. There is a suggested planner in the back of this guide for you to plan your programme of study. You may wish to consult with your subject teacher to help you decide on your plan. Getting your study underway is very important. Your first return of work should be two to three weeks after you first received your initial work. If you have any issues returning your work within this time please contact your subject teacher. For more information on how to study successfully, refer to the Student Guide to Years 11–13 (

te kura codes

Your course code is: SP1000. SP is the code for Spanish and 1 refers to Level 1. ‘SP1001’ refers to a booklet that covers a particular learning topic in the SP1000 course. ‘SP1001Y1’ refers to the first assessment for the writing Achievement Standard (AS90912) for SP1000. ‘SP1009Y5’ refers to the assessment for the spoken presentation for the Achievement Standard (AS90909). ‘AS’ is the code for Achievement Standard.

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getting started information

resources you need to get going You need:

•• a good quality CD player or CD player on your computer for listening •• a ring binder for your vocabulary lists, extra notes or course information •• access to a telephone to contact your teacher if you need help •• access to a computer with broadband internet connection to visit the Te Kura website and the Spanish web page, and to explore other Spanish websites or email your teacher, and to record your spoken activities on. Other optional equipment includes: •• a bilingual Spanish/English dictionary for reference •• a memory stick.


NZQA advises that a one-year course should lead to 18–20 credits. You may only wish to gain credits for some standards. For example, you may want to do only internal standards for this course. You should look carefully at the course outline and make your choices. It is important to consider how well this will meet your learning goals (such as gaining enough credits to achieve your NCEA Level 1, or whether you are working towards course endorsement, or meeting the entry requirements for your tertiary course or any future study). To be awarded NCEA Level 1, you will need to gain a minimum of 80 credits at Level 1 (or above) including the 10 credits for literacy and the 10 credits for numeracy. A list of achievement standards from levels 1, 2 and 3 that count towards Level 1 literacy and numeracy can be accessed from: You should discuss your options with your learning advisor and/or your teacher.


Many assessment activities are self-marked. You’ll find an Answer guide towards the back of each booklet. Use these answers to mark your own work and make corrections where necessary. Self-marking is very important as it gives you instant feedback on how well you understand the ideas, concepts or information that has been covered.


Students are required to send in their teacher assessed work (the workbook and any recordings made) as well as their internal or practice external assessments. Your teacher will mark the teacher-marked activities in the workbooks and assess your recordings and return them to you with feedback and advice.



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getting started information

Internal assessments for this course are: •• A spoken presentation. This standard involves you preparing and delivering a spoken presentation. You will receive the assessment material with booklet SP1009. •• Writing a variety of text types. Your writing skills will be assessed from a number of pieces of writing (portfolio) you will submit. They include: –– s et tasks which you’ll receive with booklets SP1002, SP1004, SP1006, SP1008 and SP1011. You’ll find full instructions about the tasks at the front of the assessment activity or: –– one piece of writing you have completed during the course or: –– one authentic piece of writing you do during the course such as writing a letter or email to a Spanish speaking relative, friend or penpal. Your teacher will provide you with general feedback on each piece of writing you submit so you can attempt to improve it (refer to the Assessment feedback chart to know the type of feedback you’ll receive for your writing). Your writing will be holistically assessed from your best three pieces of writing. You have to keep your portfolios or writing in a safe place. Towards the end of the year, you have to tell your teacher what three pieces of writing you want to be assessed on. The detailed criteria for Achievement Standards will be given in the relevant booklets. They can also be found by searching the subject and level in the NCEA part of the NZQA website (www. and then finding the relevant standard(s). There are two assessment opportunities for spoken presentation, one is called ‘SP1009Y5’ for an Achievement Standard and the other is called ‘SP1009Y6’. External assessment preparation includes: •• practice external assessments •• Te Kura practice examinations.

time commitment

There are 12 booklets in this course. Before deciding on the pace of learning, read through this Course and assessment guide and ask yourself the following: •• How much time can I set aside for study each week? •• Will I be able to keep a steady pace of five hours of study each week? •• What do I want to do next year? How many credits will I need to do this? •• Will I be doing externally and internally assessed standards? •• Will I be prepared to sit the external examination at the end of the year? •• Will I need specific external or internal credits as a prerequisite for next year’s study or work?

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getting started information

normal pace of learning

A normal pace of learning is similar to what a student does at school. As a guide, expect to do at least five hours work per week. This means completing three to four booklets each term so that you complete the course before the end of year external examinations and the end of the school year.

flexible pace of learning

If you have less than a year because you start later or need to finish earlier, you can decide the pace at which you work. You could still complete the whole course by devoting more time and effort to it.

cover sheets

The cover sheets are at the back of each workbook, for example, SP1001W. Fill it in and sign it before sending your work to Te Kura. For assessment activities your supervisor also signs this sheet as part of our authenticity requirements. All students are encouraged to submit as much as possible of their work online via the OTLE Dropbox. When work requires authentication, students will follow the instructions provided in OTLE.

queries about your work

It is important to contact your teacher if you have any queries about your work. It helps to have your ID number, booklet code (for example, SP1002) and the activity or question number when you contact your teacher, but it is not essential.

studying a language

The rule of thumb for language learning is a little, often, with lots of revision. Have a study plan and keep to it.


Students studying this course in a school should complete any day’s work not completed in a class as homework. If you finish the work early, use the extra time to revise vocabulary.

using audio

You will be using audio recordings every day in this course. Keep the following things in mind when listening to or making recordings. •• The course audio files provide valuable opportunities for you to practise your Spanish. Don’t rush through the work. Listen to each paso several times carefully for better understanding. Repeat speaking activities for more practice. •• You will be recording only at the end of every booklet so that your teacher can assess your speaking progress.



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getting started information

hints for making a good recording

•• Set yourself a high standard for recording and keep to it. If you think you can do an exercise better, try again and again until it sounds right to you. •• Record in a quiet place. Turn off the stereo and television! •• Check your recording equipment. Make sure it’s in good working order. If it runs on batteries, check that they have enough power. •• Check your recording before you submit it.

return of work

You should spend about 10 hours on each booklet and expect to return a booklet every two weeks, though Year 9 and 10 students may take longer to complete the booklets. It is important that you work regularly to consolidate your learning. We advise you to complete and return one booklet at a time. In this way, your teacher can provide you with timely feedback and order more booklets so you always have work on hand to complete. Please contact your teacher if you are running out of work. Secondary dual students access booklets through OTLE. You only need to return the workbook and your recording for your teacher to assess your progress. •• If you send in your work (workbook) and recordings via email, make sure that you include your student ID number. •• The booklet code and the work your recording is for.


Build time into your study plan for frequent revision of vocabulary and structures. Language learning is a cumulative process. You need to build a strong foundation of basic Spanish vocabulary and structures on which to expand as you move through the course.

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getting started information

how to do the work booklet and workbook

Work in the booklet and in the workbook. Make sure that you understand the explanations and learn the patterns given in the booklet before completing the exercises. Then, complete the exercises, check your answers and correct them. Keep the corrections for reference and revision. The booklets and workbooks are yours to keep so you can make notes in them and highlight parts you want to remember. Each booklet is usually organised into eight días (days). Each día has between two and four pasos (steps). Expect to spend approximately one hour on each día or about ten hours on each booklet. This includes time for checking your work and revision.

hints for correcting your work

Correcting your work is an important part of your learning, so do it carefully and consistently. When you check your own answers, always: •• use a different colour pen from the one you use to provide your answers •• tick the correct answers •• circle the mistakes •• write the correction after the exercise •• study and learn the correction; write notes or your own explanations on loose pages, your booklet or your workbook about what you have learned from the corrections •• ask your teacher questions if you don’t understand something. You can contact your teacher by phone or email. Give your name, ID number, the booklet code, día and paso you want to talk about.

audio files

You will receive the couse audio either as audio files on OTLE or as audio CDs. Keep the CDs with their respective booklets in a safe place. Listen to all the pasos and do all the speaking activities.

recording activities

It’s really important that your teacher can listen to your recording. Here are some suggested ways you could do your recording. •• Record a WAV/MP3 file and email it to your teacher. Remember to type your name, ID number, and booklet number in the subject line of your email. •• Record a WAV/MP3 file and burn it onto a CD and send it with your workbook. Put your name, ID number, and booklet number on the CD. The software we will be using to record audio or voice files is called Audacity, and can be downloaded free from However, you can use any other software to do your recordings but we prefer to receive WAV or MP3 files.



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sp1000 course outline Course Item/ Booklet









El primer paso The first step

Learning focus • Greet, farewell, introduce. • Learn Spanish sounds and the Spanish alphabet. • Use numbers and dates. • Exchange personal information. • Culture: Hispanic names, cognate words.

Mis amigos y yo • Talk about physical descriptions. • Talk about personality. • Exchange personal information. My friends and I • Culture: Body language, friendship.

La familia The family

La escuela The school


Working towards AS90912 Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance

• Describe family members and pets. • Talk about daily activities. • Describe house and home. • Culture: Hispanic families, affection. • Describe school facilities and subjects. • Tell time. • Talk about transport. • Express likes/dislikes. • Culture: Hispanic education.

Working towards AS90912 Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance

• Describe the city, town, and country. • Give directions/locations. • Use maps. The community • Culture: Hispanic cities. La comunidad

El tiempo libre Free time

La vida diaria Daily life

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• Talk about sport. • Talk about leisure activities. • Give, accept and decline invitations. • Culture: Hispanic sports.

Working towards AS90912 Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance

• Talk about daily routines. • Discuss food, meals and restaurants. • Talk about health and fitness. • Culture: Hispanic cooking.



sp1000 course outline

Course Item/ Booklet



• Make plans. De excursión en • Talk about shopping and clothes. la ciudad • Describe urban attractions. • Describe past events. A trip to the city • Culture: Personal presentation, fashion.






De excursión al campo A trip to the country

Learning focus

Standard Working towards AS90912 Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance AS90909

• Use measurements. • Describe rural attractions. • Describe past events. • Culture: Tourism.

Give a spoken presentation in Spanish that communicates a personal response

De vacaciones • Make travel plans. en el extranjero • Talk about travel activities. • Talk about world destinations. On holiday • Describe past events. overseas • Culture: Environment.

Recuerdos Memories

¡Adelante! Carry on


• Describe childhood experiences. • Talk about memories and dreams. • Describe historical events. • Describe past events. • Culture: Important Hispanics in history.

Working towards AS90912 Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance

• Revise. • Prepare for external exam. • Complete internal assessments. • Hispanic communities in New Zealand. • Revise and practise for external Achievement Standards.

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assessment summary credits offered: 19 Standard number AS90908 Spanish 1.1 Listen 5 credits External AS90909 Spanish 1.2 Talk

ncea level 1 spanish (sp1000) Further assessment opportunity

Standard title

Study material (code)

Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance


No – external exam

Give a spoken presentation in Spanish that communicates a personal response

SP1009/SP1009Y5 SP1009Y6 (re-sit)


Demonstrate understanding of a variety of Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance


No – external exam

Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance

SP1002/SP1002Y1 SP1004/SP1004Y1 SP1006/SP1006Y1 SP1008/SP1008Y1 SP1011/SP1011Y1


4 credits Internal AS90911 Spanish 1.4 Reading 5 credits External AS90912 Spanish 1.5 Writing 5 credits Internal

Course work (optional) Authentic writing (optional)

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additional course materials additional course materials/resources Item



A grammar supplement which includes a concise grammar of the Spanish language and bilingual vocabulary lists.

supplementary materials

When learning a language it is important to read as much as possible. You not only improve your reading abilities by doing so, you also learn how to put words together in sentences and learn vocabulary. The Spanish department at Te Kura has a library with magazines, sets of graded Spanish readers and supplementary activities, all of which students can borrow. You may request supplementary materials or your teacher may send them to you. When you have read a book or magazine, return the materials to your teacher. It is important to read Spanish for enjoyment and to revise and reinforce the vocabulary and structures you study during the course.

online resources Resource



Te Kura website

Te Kura maintains a website for the school. On the Spanish website you will find information about the Spanish courses the school offers.


This is an online learning platform which allows you to learn collaboratively with other classmates.

https://tekura.desire2learn. com/

You will also find electronic copies of the course booklets, links to websites with interactive activities for Spanish, including learning activities and information about the course and NCEA.



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assessment information standards

SP1000 offers credits from Achievement Standards that count towards NCEA. Please refer to our Student Guide to National Certificates or Te Kura ( and NZQA websites ( for more information about National Certificates of Educational Achievement and assessment.

internal assessment

SP1000 offers 2 Achievement Standards that are internally assessed. This means that your teacher sets and marks all assessments that count towards credits gained for these standards. The assessment opportunity for the spoken presentation Achievement Standard is coded ‘SP1009Y5’ and the second assessment opportunity offered is coded ‘SP1009Y6’. There are no second assessment opportunities for the writing Achievement Standards. Your writing skills will be assessed from a number of pieces of writing (portfolio). Your teacher will provide you with general feedback on each piece of writing you submit so that you can attempt to improve it (please refer to the following chart to understand the type of feedback you’ll receive). Your writing will be holistically assessed from your best three pieces of writing. You must keep your portfolio in a safe place. Towards the end of the year, you will have to decide which pieces of writing you want to be assessed on and inform your teacher. The following chart shows the feedback system your teacher will use to provide you with comments on your written texts for Achievement Standard 90912. Please refer to it while re-writing your work when you receive the feedback from your teacher. Symbol in margin

Meaning of symbol

Example of corrections






Conjugation of verb

Yo vive en Wellington.

Yo vivo en Wellington.


Agreement in gender

Estes peras.

Estas peras.


Correct word but incorrect form

El clima es calor.

El clima es caluroso.


Meaning is not clear

Coche blanco José.

El coche blanco es de José.


Agreement in number

Esta peras.

Estas peras.



El hotel es grande

El hotel es grande.


Preposition is missing

El hotel la ciudad.

El hotel de la ciudad.







Ayer yo voy.

Ayer yo fui.


Verb is missing

Yo español.

Yo hablo español.


Word(s) are omitted

En la clase chicas.

En la clase hay sólo chicas.


Word(s) not needed

Yo estoy soy de Dunedin.

Yo soy de Dunedin.


Word order

La bonita chica en la clase.

La chica bonita en la clase.


Wrong word

Estoy neocelandés.

Soy neocelandés.

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assessment information

external assessment

External assessment means that an external examiner marks your assessment work. This is through the NZQA examinations at the end of the year.

te kura practice examinations

Students should complete the Te Kura practice examinations for any external standards with an end of year examination they have entered. It is important that students complete all practice external assessments and examinations. If for some reason, such as illness, you are unable to sit the examinations at the end of the year you will only be eligible for consideration for a derived grade (compassionate consideration) if you have completed the practice examinations.

further assessment opportunities for internal assessments

For some standards, you will be able to complete a second assessment called a ‘further assessment opportunity’ to improve your results. These standards are indicated in the course outline. You should take this opportunity where it is available.

authentication and supervision

To gain credits, you must complete the assessment activities to the required standard. Everything you submit for NCEA assessment must be your own work. You will need to be supervised when you do all the assessment activities. You and your supervisor must complete and sign the cover sheets with the assessment activity to confirm that the work is your own and has met all the required assessment conditions. Your work will not be assessed unless the cover sheet is signed when returned. When submitting work online via the OTLE Dropbox, if it requires authentication, students must follow the instructions provided in OTLE.


To gain credits for an Achievement Standard you must complete the assessment activities for that standard. You will be awarded a grade of achieved, merit or excellence according to the standard you achieve.

resubmission for internal assessments

You can re-work Achievement Standard work under supervision to improve your grade. When you resubmit, please write a note to your teacher to let him/her know that you’re resubmitting your work. If you do not meet the minimum standard for the internally assessed spoken presentation Achievement Standard, you will have only one opportunity for reassessment. The reassessment activity will be a new activity with the same level of difficulty. It will also be sent to you and you must complete it under supervision and submit it with a signed cover sheet. Your assessment work will be stored at Te Kura for one year.



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assessment information


You have the right to query an assessment result if you want further clarification or disagree with the result. If you are still not satisfied, you may appeal. Refer to the Student Guide to National Certificates for more information. You can also appeal any other decisions, procedures or policies about assessments. Contact your teacher or learning advisor if you wish to appeal. More information and a form that students can use to appeal is available on the Te Kura website in the Student toolkit area ( and go to Student toolkit).

derived grades (compassionate consideration)

If for any unexpected reason you are not able to sit your end of year examination or to submit final work towards an internal standard (portfolios or projects), you may be eligible for a derived grade. Please refer to the Student Guide to National Certificates and contact your learning advisor or subject teacher as soon as possible to find out more should you feel this is necessary.

recording results

An Achievement Standard record sheet is included in this booklet. Keep it somewhere handy. As the year goes on you can use it to record your results and keep track of your achievement and progress.

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my course planner The following table shows a suggested timetable for returning your work. If you enrol after the school year begins, you must work out the number of booklets you should return each term. The number of booklets you should return each term is based on the goal of returning one booklet every two weeks. Term






SP1001, SP1002, SP1003

SP1004, SP1005, SP1006, SP1007

SP1008, SP1009, SP1010

SP1011, SP1012



SP1004Y1, SP1006Y1

SP1008Y1, SP1009Y5


Use the assessment record at the back of this booklet to keep track of the standards you are aiming for. You can track the credits you want to achieve and whether you are on target to gain them.



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my spanish assessment record (sp1000) Standard number


Assessment details

Where Assessed

AS90909 (1.2)


Give a spoken presentation in Spanish that communicates a personal response


AS90912 (1.5)


Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance

SP1002 SP1004 SP1006 SP1008 SP1011 (Course work or authentic writing optional)

AS90908 (1.1)


Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts relating to areas of most immediate relevance

External exam

AS90911 (1.4)


Demonstrate understanding of a variety of Spanish texts relating to areas of most immediate relevance

External exam

Achieved (A) Merit (M) Excellence (E)

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Date Achieved


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