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SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR ACADEMIC STUDY - 2023/4

Module code: SPA1054

Module Overview

This module is taught in Spanish in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 4.

Student journey: this is a sem. 1, L4 module, which is compulsory for post A level students of Spanish. It aims to support students at the start of their transition to HE, both pastorally and academically, and to impart working habits and emerging skills which will be developed throughout their degree. The module is the first of four language-focused modules taken by Spanish students, including at L6.  

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

YUNES VINCKE Estefania (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: R410

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 57

Seminar Hours: 33

Guided Learning: 55

Captured Content: 5

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Collecting and selecting information

  • Analysis of different written and spoken texts 

  • Structuring spoken and written texts 

  • Taking notes and summarising information from spoken and written texts 

  • Expressing opinions in written and spoken contexts 

  • The grammar of spoken and written Spanish 

  • Listening comprehension 

  • Strategies for effective listening and reading in Spanish 

  • Cohesion and coherence 

  • Avoiding plagiarism – in-text and bibliographic referencing 

  • Effective use of reference materials (e.g. grammar books, dictionaries, other reference works) 


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 30
Oral exam or presentation ORAL ASSIGNMENT 30
Examination Online TWO-HOUR ONLINE EXAM (WITHIN A FOUR-HOUR WINDOW) 40

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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 use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

  • Subject-specific knowledge of Spanish history and culture. 
     



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 

 * Coursework: written task comprising a summary and an essay in Spanish (30%)

* Oral examination: a recorded presentation (30%)

* An online final exam of two hours, usually consisting of two of the tasks practised during the semester (within a four-hour window) (40%)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

* Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module. Throughout the semester, students will practice in class a range of tasks scaffolded to prepare them for summative assessments and building their preparedness and self-confidence.
* Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
* Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required. 

Module aims

  • This module focuses on developing the linguistic and methodological skills to enable the students to participate and communicate effectively in a range of academic contexts, while facilitating discussions about the transition to HE.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: interact confidently and with some degree of fluency and appropriateness in Spanish in a range of academic situations and demonstrate a good degree of accuracy in their pronunciation of individual sounds of Spanish KCPT
002 Understand and use the grammatical tools and terminology relating to the topics covered. Use language reference materials such as grammars and specialised dictionaries KCPT
003 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a range of cultural issues connected with studying Spanish in Higher Education and University life. Understand and be able to discuss proficiently the challenges of entry in Higher Education, from an academic as well as pastoral topic KC
004 Build an extensive authentic vocabulary relating to University life and the study of Spanish, as well as understanding of language registers KCPT
005 Retrieve and handle information in Spanish from appropriate sources, paraphrasing and summarising spoken and written information as needed KCPT
006 Use a range of ICT tools purposefully to get exposure to authentic Spanish-language sources and to record presentations KCPT

Attributes Developed

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 stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language

  • place student participation and learner autonomy at the core of the module, through small group classes, flipped classroom methods and a range of strategies to encourage active participation in seminars

  • develop ability to use a wide range of linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries, IT resources, authentic online written and oral resources

  • develop presentation skills, through reading and presenting findings, through constant class interactions and an assessed presentation

  • 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



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The¿learning and teaching¿methods include:


  • three contact hours per week over Semester 1

  • classes will include lectures and seminars




  • students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures 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.

Reading list

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Other information

Surrey's Curriculum Framework is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Global and Cultural Capabilities are central to this module, which is focused on the transition to studying Spanish in HE. The module is designed to guide students in acquiring an authentic knowledge of Spanish language and Spanish-speaking societies, and to equip them with the tools to expose themselves independently to authentic Spanish material. A focus on interacting strictly in Spanish during contact hours and avoiding the mediation of English is pivotal in encouraging students to develop their global and cultural capabilities.

This module fosters digital capabilities within the remit of its focus on academic skills for HE.  Digital Capabilities are prominent in both the teaching and learning methods of the module and its outcomes. Students start to learn to use and discuss a wide range of online resources, drawn from the mass media, para-academic websites, and platforms such as YouTube. These resources are used in class and discussed individually and as a group. Most weeks, students will listen to online material generated by native Spanish speakers and will learn to respond to it and eventually to produce their own (second assignment: recorded presentation). The module also supports students in learning to mobilise online tools to optimise their in-class learning: Google docs, Jamboard, PowerPoint, SurreyLearn and its functionalities, etc. 

The module aims to support student transitions to HE, in terms of analytical, linguistic, methodological skills and self-awareness. A great deal of independent work in a wide range of demanding new tasks is essential to ensure progress and the successful completion of the module -- this makes resourcefulness and resilience a requirement as well as an objective for this module. Students are given many opportunities to discuss some of the challenges and successes which they encounter as HE entrants and to familiarise themselves with new modes of interacting with fellow students and staff, thus creating a safe environment which is conducive to Resourcefulness & Resilience.

Employability is present but not central to this module, mainly because it has a semester two follow-up module focused precisely on professional skills. This course, however, develops important employability-related skills, in particular communication and presentation skills. Students are also encouraged to work collaboratively inside and outside class to prepare short oral presentations, discuss topics, and to prepare a poster. 

Sustainability is explored  throughout  the module. Several classes are dedicated to discussing a range of topics related to the protection of the environment and the impact that sustainability has on society and the economy. As such, the module touches on aspects of cultural and linguistic sustainability. Additionally, the issue of preserving linguistic diversity is also explored during class.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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 Compulsory 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

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 2023/4 academic year.