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SPA2261 : Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish - Exchange Semester 2

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

1. Focus on further developing students' written and oral communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation);

2. Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness and competence) and/ or for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation);

3. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the target language in written and spoken media. This includes students' ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

Outline Of Syllabus

Communication: development of spoken and written communicative competence by study of the following thematic programme dealing with a range of aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture and contemporary society:
1. El mundo hispano
2. La sociedad
3. Literatura
4. La educacion
5. Los jovenes
6. El medio ambiente
7. El mundo del trabajo
8. El ocio y la cultura
9. La salud
10. La vivienda y el transporte

- further study and practice of a wide-ranging coverage of the grammar system of modern Spanish including the noun, adjectives, adverbs, articles, the major tenses, the indicative and subjunctive moods; and
- further 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 materials110:305:30Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00Synchronous practicals, on campus if possible or online in case of deterioration of Covid-situation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Synchronous language seminars, on campus if possible or online in case of deterioration of Covid
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery110:305:30Synchronous drop-in surgery online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study671:0067:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA2061Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on oral communication skills (speaking and listening) while reading and writing skills are mainly developed in the preparation of and the associated work after the language seminar. The recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, synchronous drop-in surgery, pair and group work and self-study at home via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Canvas and 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 and be very pro-active in their language study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A60On campus examination
Oral Examination152M20On campus, live presentation and discussion
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPA2061Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish2Written Examination 1
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M20Portfolio task combining listening/writing.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio task (20%) will be submitted online before the Easter break. This task will test students’ ability to produce a well-structured text in the target language based on the comprehension and analysis of audio / video source material (excluding written text).

- The oral examination (20%) will take place during the revision week of Semester 2. It will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material, and to produce and present their own output orally in a clear and structured manner. It will also assess their ability to speak freely and interact in a discussion on these findings and on general matters.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (60%) will take place during the exam period and will test the students’ ability to produce and present a well-structured text or texts in the target language. 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 the target language at the end of this module.

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