SPANISH STAGE 5 - 2020/1
Module code: SPAL030
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 4 Spanish or equivalent
Indicative content includes:
professional language, for example negotiations, presentations, complaining (in writing and speaking), giving advice, etiquette
the world of work (the graduate job market, applying for a job)
modern life: mobility, the media and new technologies
further aspects of Spanish-speaking societies (e.g. immigration, unemployment, equal rights, cinema, music, art, history, gastronomy, sports )
consolidation of subjunctive mood (e.g. extension of indirect speech with subjunctive; extension of conditional clauses)
consolidation of past tenses
consolidation of passive voice
advanced verb constructions
infinitive, gerund and verbal periphrases
|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 consolidate their communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: enhance proficiency in handling more complex grammatical structures
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: further expand the Spanish vocabulary used in a range of contexts and social situations
- In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to: encourage students to develop heightened awareness of the main issues in the Spanish-speaking world
- 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
- In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to: inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages
|1||Interact in Spanish with ease in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations||KPT|
|2||Understand and interpret in some depth spoken and written Spanish on a wide range of topics||KCP|
|3||Categorise a broad range of text types and registers||KC|
|4||Organise and present ideas on predictable and unpredictable topics with confidence||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 good degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of Spanish at upper intermediate level||KC|
|8||Pronounce individual sounds of Spanish with a very good degree of accuracy||KC|
|9||Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries very effectively||PT|
|10||Show heightened 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 mainly in the target language.
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.