ADVANCED ORAL AND WRITING SKILLS IN SPANISH - 2021/2
Module code: SPA3022
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
This module is taught in the target language in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 6.
School of Literature and Languages
BELL Lucy (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: R410
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 62
Seminar Hours: 22
Guided Learning: 60
Captured Content: 6
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Academic writing, tailored to dissertation:
- Advanced grammar
- Research skills
- Focus on contemporary issues, linking to modules in L4 and 5
- Connects to modules in L4 and 5 (Contemporary I and II)
- Topics to be decided in advance, but could change each year depending on current issues, and subjects of dissertations.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||RECORDED ORAL PRESENTATION||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
- Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
- Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
- Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
- Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
- Ability to use the language effectively under pressure;
- Subject-specific knowledge of Spanish language in a professional and academic environment.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 15 minute oral examination (10 for presentation + 5 for questions): Takes the form of an assessment-centre type exercise, in which students are given a text one week before the scheduled exam, and are asked to analyse it.
- Coursework. Students complete three tasks, in Spanish, on topics covered in the module. Assesses ability to write accurate and appropriate Spanish, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of topics covered, within a limited time frame (one week). Tasks could include summary writing, synthesis and text analysis.
Formative assessment and feedback
- Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
- The oral exam exercise will be practised at intervals throughout the module, with opportunities for peer- and self-review, as well as feedback from the module leader.
- The written exercise will be practised through peer-review of homework at intervals.
- Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.
- To build on and develop language skills acquired at Levels 4 and 5 and on PTY.
- To enable students to communicate fluently and accurately in speech and in writing, and to use the target language appropriately in a range of contexts.
- To be able to synthesise, summarise and present an informed opinion on topical issues, both in speech and in writing, in the target language.
|1||Understand and use with confidence advanced grammatical/ syntactical structures in Spanish||KCPT|
|2||Express their informed opinions on topical issues with a high degree of fluency, using accurate and appropriate Spanish||KCPT|
|3||Participate in informed debate and discussion in the target language with ease and confidence||KCPT|
|4||Write in accurate and appropriate Spanish on topical issues .||KCPT|
|5||Undertake research and produce a synthesis of information on a given topic||KCPT|
|6||Write a coherent and cohesive summary in accurate and appropriate Spanish of information provided through a range of media||KCPT|
|7||Recognise and understand cultural differences in approaches to topical issues||KCPT|
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 develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;
- Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
- Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
- Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;
- 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 Semester 1.
- Classes will include interactive seminars;
- Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow and participate in seminars.
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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Programmes this module appears in
|Politics with Spanish BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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 2021/2 academic year.