Study Abroad and Exchanges

Modules

Modules

SPA1271 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 2

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

In consonance with the overal aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:
* focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral/aural competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexial accurancy and range)
* prepare students for the future study of language
*facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreighn language in written and spoken media.

This module is available to all students with an A - level or equivalent in Spanish. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise Spanish in groups (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for two consecutive weekly hours. Additionally, there will be a one-hour grammar lecture every week. The module is taught in Spanish (except for the grammar lecture) and assessed by coursework and exam. Topics: Students cover a variety of topics including: youth issues, the environment, tourism, culture and social and economic issues in contemporary society.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Communication; delvelopment of spoken and written communicative competence by study of a thematic programme which includes topics and aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture and contemporary society suc as 'supersticiones, los jovenes,moda and racismo';
- A wide-ranging coverage of the grammar system of modern Spanish including study of the noun, adjuectives, adverbs, articles, the major tenses, the indicative and subjunctive moods and the active and passive voices; 'ser' and 'estar'; pronouns, comparative constructions, prepositions, participles, negations, infinitives and gerunds; and
- systematic development of lexis in a wide range of contemporary themes and settings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion451:0045:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language classes
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching in the language classes will focus on communication while the grammar lectures will focus on the foraml structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language classes and will be assessed.

Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of portolio tasks, pair and group work and self-study at home and in the Language Resource Centre. Initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40N/A
Aural Examination502M20N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M20Portfolio of one piece of work
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Oral assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exams:
- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%)on Reading/Writing/Grammar.
- One Listening test (20%)
- A portfolio of one written piece of coursework (20%)
- Oral assessment (20%)

Resits:
Resit as written examination, i.e. 120 minutes

Continuous assessment helps students assess their progress throughout the semester in the four skills and grammar providing formative, regular feedback and stimulating independent learning. The formal examination provides summative information to staff and students on the individual student's achievement in the module.

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