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SPA2019 : World Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • 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


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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00Non-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. Independent study, including assessment preparation and completion, will develop research skills, argument construction, organization and project management capabilities.

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.

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