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SPA4182 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes - Exchange Students Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


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

- build on language skills gained at stages 1, 2 and 3
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish language and with the ability to use it at a high level of proficiency in professional and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
- focus on further developing students' oral, aural and written competence in the foreign language gained at stages 2 and 3, with a focus on the professional and academic world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module focuses on professional oral communication skills.

In Semester 1, students will be given the opportunity to practise formal oral communication in the target language in a variety of professional and academic contexts, eg. presentations (informative and persuasive); discussions; debates; vivas and interviews (professional and media).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00PiP language seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study281:0028:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA4082Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course (e.g. oral presentations, taking part in critical discussions, aural comprehension and commentary, etc.).

Group work will offer students an opportunity to work in small groups (in the target language and in English) under close supervision of the lecturer. These classes will focus on the skills listed in the outline syllabus.

Teaching will be mainly in the target language.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination151A100This examination will test students’ ability to be efficient and persuasive oral communicators in the TL * Cont in Rationale
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Examination1MMock oral and viva – Teaching weeks 10-11. This will be a short version of the real exam with individual feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral assessment is performed in a setting that is as close to a real-life professional or academic situation as possible.

The oral mock exam help students assess their progress before the formal examinations take place.
Formative feedback will be provided regularly.

* (Continued from above) ...and without any notes other than the printout of their PowerPoint/Prezzi/Keynote
presentations. In exceptional circumstances, reasonable adjustments to this rule can be made as part of a student support plan.

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