Module Catalogue 2023/24

SPA4083 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation & Interpreting

SPA4083 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation & Interpreting

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Noelia or Lia Cacheiro Quintas
  • 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

Students must have completed Level C Spanish, or equivalent.
Only students who are English or Spanish native speakers should take this module.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
SPA4081Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills
Co Requisite Comment



In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, the 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, academic and social environments
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
- develop students’ translation skills (into English) and interpreting skills (into and from Spanish), to an advanced level of competence

Outline Of Syllabus

This module comprises two components: liaison interpreting (into and from Spanish) and written translation (into English). It is aimed at final year students of Spanish who have reached a near-native command of the language.

The translation and liaison interpreting tasks are based on topical themes.

Sessions will include:
- Vocabulary acquisition and practice, note-taking and other interpreting-related skills development and practice for interpreting.
- Interpreting and translation techniques
- Using appropriate register/style

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 translation tasks.
- The use of appropriate techniques, lexicon and register in a range of liaison interpreting tasks.
- All areas of grammar, vocabulary and background knowledge related to the skills listed below.
- Take effective notes by hand (listen for gist and for detail)

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Subject-Specific skills:

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

- using complex lexical and grammatical structures in a range of advanced discourse types, both spoken and written
- understanding, using and evaluating information from authentic spoken sources; liaison interpreting
- written translation from Spanish into English.

2. Cognitive/intellectual skills:

Students will further develop 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 ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Lecture on note taking
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Translation seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Interpreting seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study681:0068:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML8014Liaison Interpreting
SPA4183Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Interpreting - Exchange Students Semester 1
SPA4283Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation - Exchange Students Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course (translation and liaison interpreting).

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.

The lecture on note-taking will introduce the note-taking techniques that will be used for interpreting throughout the first semester.

Independent study will give students the opportunity to prepare and reinforce what is covered in seminars, and to undertake research and extra practice.

Teaching will be in the target language and in English.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination151A50Oral Examination - Interpreting
Digital Examination652A50Translation into English (of 250-300 words). PC on-campus exam. 60 minutes computer exam with 5 additional minutes to upload the completed examination onto Canvas.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation - 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
Oral Examination1MMock interpreting exam at the end of Semester 1
PC Examination2MPC Open translation mock examination. Translation into English (of 250-300 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment of interpreting is performed in a setting that is as close to a real-life situation as possible.

Translation is assessed by means of a timed PC exam to give students the opportunity to test their translation, time management and written communication skills in a setting that is close to a real-life professional situation.

An interpreting mock exam and practice translation help students assess their progress before the formal examinations take place. Formative feedback will be provided regularly.

The oral examination will assess students' ability to take swift and effective notes and listen and convey information into English and the target language in a prompt and professional manner. Reasonable adjustments can be made if required as part of a student support plan.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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