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Module

SPA2019 : World Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian MacKenzie
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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 ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present-in-Person
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials120:306:00Non present-in-person contact hours
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion167:0067:00Non-contact hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Present-in-Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Non present-in-person contact hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Non-contact hours
Total200:00
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. Lecture materials and structured research and reading activities will enable students to think critically and to familiarise themselves with relevant academic debates. Guided 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

Exams
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
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable