Module LZS-2040:
Spanish Language 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Helena Miguelez-Carballeira

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To consolidate and expand on students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
  2. To develop translation skills into and out of the target language, and skills in manipulation of written Spanish.
  3. To develop oral and aural skills.
  4. To familiarise students with lexis relevant to their forthcoming residence abroad, and other sociocultural contexts.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving B2/C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Course content

This module comprises two text-based written language classes and one class which focuses on the development of oral and aural communicative skills. In the first written language class, students concentrate on translation, paraphrasing, reading comprehension exercises and report writing, while grammar revision and consolidation forms the focus of hour 2. In hour 3, students are exposed to a variety of audio visual material and are required to participate in class discussions and debates.

No set text is given for this language module.

Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students have to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website).

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: A limited knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a limited ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Basic oral and aural competence.

good

50-69%: A good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a good ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Good oral and aural competence.

excellent

70+%: An excellent knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and an excellent ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Excellent oral and aural competence.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an increased proficiency in paraphrasing and reading comprehension skills.

  2. Demonstrate an ability to translate texts competently, matching style and register to purpose.

  3. Introduce students to report writing skills.

  4. Extend students' knowledge and awareness of a topic relating to Hispanic culture and society.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Listening comprehension 10
Translation into English/Welsh 10
Translation into Spanish 10
Essay/Written assignment 10
Written Homework 10
2 hour written exam 25
Oral Exam 25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
 

1 hour x grammer per week for 11 weeks per semester 1 hour x writing skills per week for 11 weeks per semester 1 hour x conversation skills per week for 11 weeks per semester

 
Lecture

1 hour x grammar per week for 11 weeks per semester

22
Seminar

1 hour x conversation skills per week for 11 weeks per semester

22
Seminar

1 hour x writing skills per week for 11 weeks per semester

22
Private study 334

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in more substantial written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate more substantial passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Enhanced oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing ease with a wider range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Further develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise more complex written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to critically understand cultural studies concepts on cultural hybridity and their application to core Italian postcolonial texts. (Benchmark statements 5.7, 5.10).

Resources

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

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