SPANISH STAGE 3 - 2020/1
Module code: SPAL028
This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.
School of Literature and Languages
MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: Global Graduate Award
JACs code: R410
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 112
Lecture Hours: 38
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Stage 2 Spanish or equivalent
Indicative content includes:
consolidation of social introductions, personal details, daily routine, leisure pursuits, recommendations/advice
complaints, enquiries, negotiations involving shopping, restaurants, hotels, buying tickets
accommodation and small ads
world of work (CVs, cover letter, classifieds, complaints, interviews)
extension of telephone skills (messages)
letter writing, basics of job applications and CVs
anecdotes and stories in the past
consolidation of numbers, dates, alphabet
consolidation of present, future, future, preterite, imperfect and imperative
present subjunctive (introduction) (wishes and future with anando)
extension of adverbs (discourse markers)
object pronouns (direct and indirect)
modal verbs (deber, tener que, puede que)
passive with se
expressions of opinion
indirect style (introduction)
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 1||20|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 2||20|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 3||30|
|Coursework||IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 4||30|
A timed assessment covering the relevant skills, to be completed under exam conditions, or online.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
· their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;
· their growing ability to understand and produce Spanish at the relevant level;
· their increasing awareness of Spanish culture and the Spanish-speaking world;
· the level of Spanish they have achieved at the end of the course.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Four in-class assessments, covering the four skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Assessments 1 and 2 to be held at the end of Semester 1; Assessment 3 before the Spring break and Assessment 4 at the end of Semester 2.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: encourage students to further develop their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: consolidate the use of basic grammatical structures and explore new structures
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: increase the Spanish vocabulary used in everyday communication and some specific contexts
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: encourage students to develop their awareness of some main aspects of Spanish culture
- In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to: take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
- In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to: analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
- In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to: reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
- In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to: become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
- In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to: communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways
- In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to: encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
- In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to: support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques
|1||Interact in Spanish in a range of predictable and some unpredictable situations||KPT|
|2||Understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish in a range of topics in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts||KCP|
|3||Categorise a broader range of text types||KC|
|4||Organise and present ideas on predictable and some unpredictable topics||PT|
|5||Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources||PT|
|6||Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered||KC|
|7||Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of Spanish at this level||KC|
|8||Pronounce individual sounds of Spanish with a degree of accuracy||KC|
|9||Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries||PT|
|10||Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for speakers of Spanish||KPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;
Develop communication skills through interactions in class.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.
Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.
Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.