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SPA2019 : World Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian MacKenzie
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 throughout the world: Spain, Latin America, USA, Philippines and Equatorial Guinea. The lectures look 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 the standard language versus regional varieties, social variation, languages in contact (Andes, Meso America, Paraguay, USA), creole Spanish (Pacific and Caribbean), archaism in the Americas, linguistic drift and dialect classification.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics as follows:
1. Castilian Spanish, 2. Atlantic Spanish, 3. The African contribution, 4. Creole Spanish in the Americas, 5. Creole elements in Vernacular Caribbean Spanish, 6. Indigenous influences in the Andes, 7. Guarani influences on Spanish in Paraguay, 8. Indigenous influences on Spanish in Mesoamerica, 9. Spanish in the USA, 10. Southern Cone Spanish, 11. Pacific Coast Spanish, 12. Highland Colombia & Venezuela, 13. Mexican & Central American Spanish, 14. Spanish in the Philippines.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with the principal analytical tools required for the course and also familiarise them with basic facts and themes. Students will develop their listening and note-taking skills and, where appropriate, they will also do exercises. Lectures will be associated with a detailed programme of auxiliary material, both printed and delivered via the course website. Thus much of the focus will be on guided independent study. In this way, students will be encouraged to develop their research skills and independence in project management. In particular, they will be expected to sift through a wealth of factual knowledge with a view to identifying general trends and patterns of causality.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A702-2,500 words
Written exercise1M30In class assessment. 1 hour multiple choice test in Week 10
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests students’ ability to research a topic independently and to use data to construct a coherent and persuasive argument.

The in-class test examines students’ technical ability and factual recall.

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