Module Catalogue 2023/24

SPA4081 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills

SPA4081 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Marian Hernandez Villada
  • Lecturer: Ms Maria Zubelzu de Brown
  • 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: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

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

Level C (HE) / Level B2 of the European Framework or equivalent at entry level
Native Spanish speaking Exchange students should not take this module.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
SPA4082Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes
SPA4083Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation & Interpreting
Co Requisite Comment

Students must choose one of SPA4082 or SPA4083 except students studying R9Q9 who must choose SPA4082.


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

- build on language skills gained at Stages 1, 2 and 3.
- provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the target language and with the ability to develop a high level of written proficiency in professional and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive use of the target language.
- develop students' written translation skills into the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

Specific topics and materials based on current issues will initially be provided by the lecturer. Subsequently, these will be supplied by students themselves for group practice in group work sessions.

Translation into the target language, summarising, and open writing will be practised throughout the year, preparing students for written communication in the target language.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge in:

- The use of appropriate sentence and text structures, lexicon and register in a range of advanced discourse types
- All areas of grammar, vocabulary and background knowledge related to the skills listed below

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject-Specific skills:

By the end of the module, students will have gained experience in:

- using complex lexical and grammatical structures in a range of advanced discourse types,
- synthesising information from a variety of authentic sources, comprising extended written input from a variety of demanding discourse types
- intensive reading of complex authentic material from a variety of demanding discourse types
- extended writing in the target language, focusing particularly on argumentative and synthetic compositions in a formal academic register
- discuss and synthesise complex ideas from a range of extensive authentic texts in groups (both orally and in writing) and produce a forceful and convincing argument in persuasive writing.

Cognitive/intellectual skills:

Students will further their ability to:
- locate, make use of and critically evaluate materials for this course other than those provided by the lecturer.
- apply and evaluate a range of learning strategies appropriate to the demands of the course
- work independently and confidently, on their own or as part of a group, either within or outside the classroom
- conduct research using the Internet and other sources in order to contribute their own materials to the course.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00PiP language seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00PiP language workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study681:0068:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA4181Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 1
SPA4281Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 2
SPA4084Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills - IBM
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 (including summary and commentary writing, intensive reading, taking part in critical discussions, and translation into the foreign language).

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

Teaching will be mostly in the target language.

Work requirements:
- researching materials for oral presentation and discussion
- writing critical discussions and summaries in the target language
- practising and revising advanced vocabulary and grammar

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A40This written exam will test students' ability to write in the target language. *Continued in Assessment Rationale below
Written Examination1202A60This written exam will test students' ability to write in the target language.*Continued in Assessment Rationale below
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills - Exchange Students Semester 22N/A
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
Written exercise1MThis exercise will help students prepare for the written examination after sem 1.
Written exercise2MThis exercise will help students prepare for the written examination after sem 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

*Both written exams will be on campus to ensure that the students' output is produced in identical conditions and is their own work.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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