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SPA1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Samuel Anaya-Guzman
  • Other Staff: Ms Tatiana Gitman Ughetti, Ms Marian Hernandez Villada
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

- Focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with
speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.
- Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness) and for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation).

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in the target language.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students cover a variety of topics related to contemporary Spanish and Latin American society, and / or relevant to Contemporary societies and cultures. Depending on student feedback, these may include:

•       el mundo del trabajo
•       la descolonización
•       cultura y tradiciones populares (México, Argentina y España)
•       EDI: comunidades LGTIQ+, el lenguaje inclusivo
•       en busca de identidad biológica
•       viajar al extranjero
•       cine, arte (Frida Kahlo)
•       la mujer hispana

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion310:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online grammar activities
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical221:0022:00Practical grammar sessions PiP on campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Practical sessions in language labs and Synchronous language seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA1171Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1
SPA1271Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Synchronous language seminars, either on campus if possible or online in case it becomes necessary for the teaching format to change in the light of the public health situation. In which case, the provision for the seminars would be to have one zoom hour with half of the group whilst the other half does some guided activities online and swap during the second hour.

2. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on communication skills while the recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language seminars, associated work and preparation.

3. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos
and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and selfstudy via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas and in the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities.

4. All students will be supported in their study of formal and informal aspects of the Spanish language and their study skills via their weekly practical sessions, seminars and consultations with seminar leaders.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A30On campus written exam (reading/writing)
Written Examination1202A40On-campus written exam (reading/grammar/writing)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPA1171Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 11N/A
SPA1271Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M303-4 minute video based on listening material, to be submitted before Easter.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The Written Examination at the end of Semester 1 (30%) will enable students to produce a 250 to 300-word written piece of work. This will be based on a text of 1000-1500 words. It will test students’ ability to read and understand written sources in the target language and to respond appropriately in written (or typed) form in the target language. [Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled]. Students will receive feedback so that they can assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement before the final written examination in Semester 2.

- The content of the 3-4 minute oral component (30%) will be based on 6-8minutes of video material. This oral component will test students’ ability to listen and understand video sources (excluding written text) and to respond appropriately by producing and present their own output orally in the form of a video. This assessment provides summative information to staff and student on students’ achievement in speaking and listening in the module.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%) will test the students’ reading, grammar and written skills. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar and writing in the target language in this module.

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