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SPA1171 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

- Focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with
speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.
- Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness) and for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation).

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Communication; development 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 such as 'en busca de identidad biológica, la mujer hispana and la descolonización';
- A wide-ranging coverage of the grammar system of modern Spanish including study of the noun, adjectives, 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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Non-synchronous online grammar activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities111:0011:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Synchronous language seminars, PiP on campus if possible or online if Covid-19 restrictions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Optional synchronous grammar drop-in surgeries PiP on campus
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA1071Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Synchronous language seminars, either on campus if possible or online in case it becomes necessary for the teaching format to change in the light of the public health situation. In which case, the provision for the seminars would be to have one zoom hour with half of the group whilst the other half does some guided activities online and swap during the second hour.

2. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on communication skills while the recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language seminars, associated work and preparation.

3. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos
and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and selfstudy at home, via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas and in the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities.

4. All students will be supported in their study of formal and informal aspects of the Spanish language and their study skills via a weekly synchronous drop-in surgery.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M1001 writing assignment based on written sources (combining reading and writing)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents are able to obtain feedback on language and structure of a written piece of work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio will encourage regular work on productive language skills (speaking and writing) and enable students to receive formative (for learning) feedback. It will help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement, thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the semester. The oral component will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally.

The written component will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. [For in-class tests: Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled].

Reading Lists