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SPA1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Spanish II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Lucy Hill
  • Other Staff: Mr Samuel Anaya-Guzman
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of degrees offered in the SML, this module will:
1. Focus on developing the students' communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy, range and pronunciation).
2. Develop independent language learning strategies.
3. Prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral/aural skills).
4. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language.

This module is open to all students wishing to study Spanish at post SPA1065 level. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise Spanish (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for four weekly contact hours. Themes addressed in the language classes include: Giving and seeking information; Recounting a series of events; Expressing an opinion and finding out what others think; Stating and asking about feelings, emotions and intentions;
Talking about hypothetical situations.

Please note that tasks concerning talking involve both speaking and listening.

Outline Of Syllabus

Unidad 1: ¿Qué tal tu español?
Unidad 2: ¿Cómo te ganas la vida?
Unidad 3: Me impresiono muchisimo.
Unidad 4: Tiempo libre.
Unidad 5: Vacaciones y anecdotas.
Unidad 6: Como cambias la vida.
Unidad 7: ¿Qué desea?
Unidad 8: Gastronomia y cultura.
Unidad 9: El arte de vivir bien.
Unidad 10: Nuestro medio ambiente.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Linguistic knowledge and the ability to use language effectively i.e. linguistic skills go hand in hand.
2. To teach and learn these outcomes (knowledge and skills) effectively they need to be presented, practised and consolidated through language classes and private study.
3. The integration of linguistic knowledge i.e. vocabulary, grammar, functions, notions and knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish speaking world and the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening is appropriately served by the language classes through suitable presentations and plenty of practice through individual, pair and group work.
4. In common with other foreign languages Spanish requires substantial 'guided autonomous learning' activity which is catered for in the 156 hours of private study. Through this study:
A) The knowledge introduced and practised in the classes is revised, consolidated and expanded.
B) Students are also given opportunities to practice further reading, writing and listening skills.
5. To ensure the learning of the above outcomes is effective, formative feedback is given in two ways:
A) Indirectly through self-assessment e.g. through internet and commercially available answer keys.
B) Directly by the teacher e.g. in the writing skills exercises which students carry out on a weekly basis.

The module will be taught and assessed in Spanish and English.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A60N/A
Aural Examination502M20N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Written & spoken exercises. Attendance & contribution to discussions in the Lang Seminars & Homework assignments(w/online exercises)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 90 minute examination at the end of Semester 2 (60%). This exam, which consists of reading, writing and grammar exercises, will test students' ability to read and understand texts in the target language and write in the target language. In some cases, students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check/grammar check has been disabled.

- One listening 50 minute test towards the end of Semester 2 (20%). This listening exam will test the students' ability to listen and understand audio sources and to respond appropriately in written form. In some cases, students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check/grammar check has been disabled.

- Continuous classroom participation in oral and written tasks throughout the semester (20%)

1. Knowledge outcomes will be assessed by each of the modes of assessment defined above.
2. the 4 macro-skills will be primarily and explicitly assessed as follows:
A) Reading and Writing: Formal written examination.
B) Listening: Test of listening comprehension.
C) Speaking: By speaking tasks to be prepared as homework.
3. These assessment methods are commonly used in language testing and are appropriate to the individual skills being assessed.

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