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

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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; 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
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/surgery111:0011:00Synchronous grammar drop-in surgeries online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00N/A
Total100:00
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.

5. Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A attend a bridging hour (“accuracy and fluency”) to help bring them up to the standard of students studying Level B on entry. Stage 1 students directly studying Level B have an extra 22 hours of independent study.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202A40PC on-campus written exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPA1071Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M40Portfolio of 2 pieces of work covering reading, writing, speaking or listening (20% each), or 1 piece combining two skills (40%)
Oral Examination2M20Students can obtain feedback on language, structure and pronunciation on a presentation or recording about a course topic
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to Final Exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio (40%) will encourage regular work and enable students to receive regular 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 year. The reading component will test students’ ability to read and understand written sources in the target language and to respond appropriately in written (or typed) or oral form. The listening/aural component will test the students’ ability to listen and understand video/audio sources (excluding written text) and to respond appropriately in written (or typed) or oral form.

- The oral recording (20%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and enable them to receive feedback on their work. This assessment provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in speaking in the module.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%) will test the students’ reading, grammar and written skills. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar and writing in the target language in this module.

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