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SPA2061 : Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

1. focus on further developing students' written communicative and oral/ aural competence in the
foreign language gained in Level B (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation);
2. prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral / aural skills);
3. facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with
speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media during their intercalary year. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

Teaching in weekly 2 hour language classes will focus on communication while weekly one-hour 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. Themes addressed in the language classes include: the Hispanic world, youth issues, education, the environment, health and transport.

Outline Of Syllabus

Communication: development of spoken and written communicative competence by study of the following thematic programme dealing with a range of aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture and contemporary society:

1. El mundo hispano
2. La sociedad
3. Literatura
4. La educacion
5. Los jovenes
6. El medio ambiente
7. El mundo del trabajo
8. El ocio y la cultura
9. La salud
10. La vivienda y el transporte

- further study and practice of a wide-ranging coverage of the grammar system of modern Spanish including the noun, adjectives, adverbs, articles, the major tenses, the indicative and subjunctive moods; and
- further systematic development of lexis in a wide range of contemporary themes and settings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA2161Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1
SPA2261Level C (HE Advanced) 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 further developed through the means of portfolio tasks, pair and group work and self-study at home 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.

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination152M20Oral examination
Aural Examination452M20Listening test
Written Examination1502A40N/A
Written Examination1051M10N/A
Written Examination1052M10In-class assessment
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPA2261Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar have equal weighting in the assessment of this course.

- One 150 minute written examination in Semester 2 (40%). 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 oral examination in Semester 2 (20%). This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously.

- One listening test in Semester 2 (20%) - This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic audio/video sources and to summarise information 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.

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 students on students' achievements in the module.

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