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SPA4082 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Maria Zubelzu de Brown
  • Co-Module Leader: Mrs Marcela Reyes Otaiza
  • 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


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this 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 and academic environments.
- prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
- focus on further developing students' oral, aural and written competence in the foreign language gained at stages 2 and 3, with a focus on the professional and academic world.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module focuses on two main activities:

- professional oral communication skills
- aural comprehension and written report and/or commentary

In Semester 1, students will be given the opportunity to practise formal oral communication in the target language in a variety of professional and academic contexts, eg. presentations (informative and persuasive); discussions; debates; vivas and interviews (professional and media).

In Semester 2, students will learn to synthesise audio-visual materials in a formal and professional manner. They will practise written communication in the target language through a range of professional and academic tasks, eg. reports, syntheses, commentaries or critical reviews. The audio-visual sources will cover cultural, political, economic and societal themes in relation to the Spanish-speaking world.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PiP language seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00PiP language seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study671:0067:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA4182Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes - Exchange Students Semester 1
SPA4282Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes - Exchange Students Semester 2
SPA4085Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes - IBM
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course (e.g. oral presentations, taking part in critical discussions, aural comprehension and commentary, etc.).

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.

Teaching will be mainly in the target language.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination151A50This on campus examination will test students’ ability to be efficient & persuasive oral communicators in the TL. *Continued in Assessment Rationale below.
PC Examination902A50This digital examination will test the students’ note taking and ability to listen,…**Continued in Assessment Rationale below.
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 oral and viva at the end of the semester. This will be a short version of the real exam with individual feedback
Aural Examination2MMock aural exam to prepare students for final exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral assessment is performed in a setting that is as close to a real-life professional or academic situation as

The oral and aural mock exams help students assess their progress before the formal examinations take place.
Formative feedback will be provided regularly.

** (Continued from above) ...understand and synthesise in writing authentic video sources (5-7 min audio-visual document). Reasonable adjustments can be made if required as part of a student support plan.

*(Continued from above) ...and without any notes other than the printout of their PowerPoint/Prezzi/Keynote
presentations. In exceptional circumstances, reasonable adjustments to this rule can be made as part of a student
support plan. Alternatively, the exam will be arranged synchronously online if it cannot be done on campus.

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