SPA1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Mr Samuel Anaya-Guzman
- Lecturer: Professor Ian MacKenzie, Dr Gustavo Guajardo
- Other Staff: Miss Noelia or Lia Cacheiro Quintas, Ms Lucy Hill, Ms Tatiana Gitman Ughetti, Dr Daniel Mourenza Urbina, Ms Maria Zubelzu de Brown
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
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 / aural competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- Prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral / aural skills);
- 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.
This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in Spanish. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise Spanish in groups (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for two consecutive weekly hours. Additionally, there will be a one-hour grammar lecture every week. The module is taught in Spanish (except for the grammar lecture) and assessed by coursework and exam. Students cover a variety of topics including: youth issues, the environment, tourism, culture, and social and economic issues in contemporary society.
Outline Of Syllabus
- Communication; development of spoken and written communicative competence by study of a thematic programme which includes topics and aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture and contemporary society such as 'supersticiones, los jovenes, moda and racismo';
- A wide-ranging coverage of the grammar system of modern Spanish including study of the noun, adjectives, adverbs, articles, the major tenses, the indicative and subjunctive moods and the active and passive voices; 'ser' and 'estar'; pronouns, comparative constructions, prepositions, participles, negations, infinitives and gerunds; and
- systematic development of lexis in a wide range of contemporary themes and settings.
The module is taught and assessed in Spanish and English
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||22||1:00||22:00||Bridging hour for Stage 2 students who have progressed from Level A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||44||1:00||44:00||Language Classes|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||112:00||112:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SPA1171||Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1|
|SPA1271||Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 2|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Teaching in the language classes will focus on communication while the grammar lectures will focus on the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language classes and will be assessed.
Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of portfolio tasks, pair and group work and self-study at home and in the Language Resource Centre. Initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes.
Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A attend a bridging hour to help bring them up to the standard of students studying Level B on entry. Stage 1 students directly studying Level B have an extra 22 hours of independent study.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||105||2||M||10||In-class assessment|
|SPA1171||Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1||2||In-class assessment|
|SPA1271||Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 2||2||N/A|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||20||Oral assessment|
|Written exercise||1||M||Formative tasks prior to in-class assessment.|
|Written exercise||2||M||Formative tasks prior to in-class assessment.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%) on Writing/Grammar. This exam will test students ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.
- One listening test (20%). This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic video sources and to respond appropriately in written or oral form.
- One 105 minute exam in Semester 1 (10%) This assessment will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.
- One in-class assessment in Semester 2 (10%) This assessment will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.
- One professional skills oral assessment in Semester 2 (20%) This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally.
Continuous assessment helps students assess their progress throughout the year in the four skills and grammar providing formative, regular feedback and stimulating independent learning. The formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in the module.