Module LZS-3030:
Spanish Language 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Helena Miguelez-Carballeira

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To consolidate key areas of advanced grammar.
  2. To further develop advanced test translation skills into and out of the target language.
  3. To develop oral and aural skills to a high standard through exposure to a wide range of audio visual material.
  4. To promote appropriate use of style and register in written and oral work.
  5. To develop and refine advanced skills in structured formal essay writing and paraphrasing tasks.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving C1/C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Course content

This 30 credit module running throughout the year promotes appropriate use of style and register in all written and oral work and ensures that students can deal with variations in register and idiomatic expression in a confident and accurate manner. Through exposure to selected texts, complex grammatical structures and audiovisual materials, students acquire reading, writing, aural and oral skills which match the required standard of final year linguists.

No set text is given for this language module, although students are highly encouraged to purchase a copy of the following books for self-study:

Butt, John and Carmen Benjamin (2011) A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, London and Oxford: Arnold. Pountain, Christopher, Teresa de Carlos and Angela Howkins (2011) Practicing Spanish Grammar: A Workbook, London & Oxford: Arnold.

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 are encouraged 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 ability to communicate fluently and accurately in the TL.

  2. Demonstrate in essay and translation work a sophisticated command of both Spanish and English/Welsh that is alive to the rhetorical range of both languages.

  3. To understand and process complex texts and audiovisual materials varying in style, tone and register and comment on these texts in a concise and fluent manner.

  4. Display an ability in oral work to present in fluent Spanish arguments that could be followed by native speakers of Spanish with comparative ease.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Listening comprehension 10
Essay 10
Translation into English/Welsh 10
Translation into Spanish 10
Article Summary/Paraphrasing 10
Translation Exam 25
Oral Exam 25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
 

1 x 1 hour translation class per week for 11 weeks per semester 1 x 1 hour applied language skills class per week for 11 weeks per semester 1 x 1 hour conversation class per week for 11 weeks per semester

 
Private study 234
Lecture

1 grammar/translation lecture per week for 11 weeks per semester.

22
Seminar

1 text-based seminar per week for 11 weeks per semester.

22
Seminar

1 conversation class per week for 11 weeks per semester.

22

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 sophisticated written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate sophisticated 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, novel) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Fully proficient to skilful 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 adroitness with a very wide 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 sophisticated written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)

Resources

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: