Module Catalogue 2023/24

SPA2019 : World Spanish

SPA2019 : World Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian MacKenzie
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
SML1019Introduction to Linguistics
SML1019Introduction to Linguistics
SML1019Introduction to Linguistics
Pre Requisite Comment

Students must have taken and passed SML1019 in any of the previous three years. The prerequisite is waived for students on the QT19 degree programme, provided they take SPA2061 (Level C Spanish language) concurrently with SPA2019.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
SPA2061Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish
Co Requisite Comment



In accordance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to build on skills gained at Stage 1, to introduce students to the different varieties of Spanish that are spoken in the world.

Students will learn about varieties of Spanish in the Iberian Peninsula and overseas (primarily Latin America). The course looks at Spanish on a region-by-region basis, but students will be expected to adopt a thematic perspective, using the data to address such issues as creolization, social variation, languages in contact, language change, dialect split and dialect classification.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics as follows:
1. Castilian Spanish, 2. Andalusian Spanish, 3. Caribbean Spanish, 4. The African contribution, 5. Creole Spanish in the Americas, 6. The Monogenetic Hypothesis, 7. Substrate influence, 8. The Andalusian Hypothesis, 9. Voseo, 10. Mexican Spanish, 11. Central American Spanish, 12. Emphatic 'es', 13. Southern Cone Spanish, 14. Dialect geography

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will learn about varieties of Spanish in the Iberian Peninsula, varieties of Spanish in the Americas, creole Spanish, the influences on Spanish of indigenous Andean languages and relevant aspects of the history of Spanish.

Intended Skill Outcomes

- Development of ability to think critically about language
- Development of general logic and analytical capabilities
- Ability to selectively obtain information from the Internet
- Ability to use library resources
- Enhancement of practical command of a foreign language

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials120:306:00Non present-in-person contact hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion167:0067:00Non-contact hours
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Non present-in-person contact hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Non-contact hours
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and small group teaching will provide hands-on learning support to deliver core technical and conceptual elements of the syllabus. Lecture materials and structured research and reading activities will enable students to think critically and to familiarise themselves with relevant academic debates. Guided independent study, including assessment preparation and completion, will develop research skills, argument construction, organization and project management capabilities.

Evaluation from last year showed that a majority of students appreciated the online elements as part of the module contact hours.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination501M30In-class test (multiple choice)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M702,500 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam will test students’ practical ability to analyse and solve problems while under time pressure. The essay will enable students to conduct personal research and to advance an extended argument based on what they have learned from said research.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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