Module LZS-1002:
Advanced Spanish 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr David Miranda-Barreiro

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to develop students' translation and reading comprehension skills through the study of texts varying in style and register. Students will be able to produce more advanced pieces of writing in Spanish and they will develop advanced oral and aural skills through conversation exercises and selected audio-visual materials varying in tone and register. Throughout the module they will learn new vocabulary and will incorporate idiomatically complex expressions into oral and written work. They will develop a more complex understanding of advanced grammatical structures and an ability to use grammatical constructions in written and oral expression, as well as being able to discuss and defend arguments and ideas in group and one-to-one discussions. While from developing linguistic skills, students will also learn to understand key aspects informing contemporary Hispanic identities.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving B1+/B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Students on this module will be working towards achieving B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR

Course content

This module provides continuation from LZS-1001, and aims to enhance the written oral and aural skills of advanced (post A-level) students of Spanish. It comprises text-based classes in which students have the opportunity to enhance their translation and writing skills, as well as oral/aural classes, in which a range of advanced audio and visual aids are employed to stimulate group discussions and debates. Throughout the module, students also have the opportunity extend their knowledge of more complex areas of grammar. The texts and materials used in this module are chosen from a range of sources including media and literary works in order to familiarise students with variations in tone and register, as well as to improve comprehension of different Spanish accents. Through these materials, students will also gain an insight into particular Hispanic themes and issues that relate to contemporary life and society in the Spanish-speaking world. Learning outside of the classroom is supported through a co-curricular Self-Study Portfolio.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: Limited knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary resulting in a limited ability to communicate in writing or translate from Spanish - English and English-Spanish. Basic understanding of aural and written material in Spanish. Basic grasp of Spanish pronunciation and limited ability to converse freely in Spanish and respond to spoken material. Limited ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral Spanish.

good

50-69%: Good knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary resulting in a good ability to communicate in writing or translate from Spanish-English and English-Spanish. Good understanding of aural and written material in Spanish. Good grasp of Spanish pronunciation and some ability to converse freely in Spanish and respond to spoken material. Ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral Spanish.

excellent

70+%: Excellent knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary resulting in an excellent ability to communicate in writing or translate from Spanish-English and English-Spanish. Excellent understanding of aural and written material in Spanish. Excellent grasp of Spanish pronunciation and clear ability to converse freely in Spanish and respond to spoken material. Clear ability to present and defend opinions in written and oral Spanish.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand and translate more challenging written texts varying in style and register.

  2. Produce accurate and idiomatically correct written Spanish.

  3. Engage with Spanish language in spoken form (including different accents) understanding, reacting and responding to it in an interactive context.

  4. Employ advanced grammatical structures in written and oral work.

  5. Demonstrate confidence in extracting and using information presented in Spanish-language sources to answer questions in the target language.

  6. Apply new areas of vocabulary and more complex idiomatic expression to written and oral work.

  7. Explore and evaluate some of the key themes and debates dominating contemporary Spanish culture.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO Self study portfolio 0
CLASS TEST Listening/Video comprehension

An in-class test, which involves listening/watching an audio/video file, followed by written questions and a longer summary/response exercise.

25
ORAL Oral Exam

Oral presentation in Spanish (6 minutes), followed by Q&A, including discussion of the Self-Study Portfolio.

25
EXAM written Exam

2 hour exam structured in two parts: 1) English-Spanish translation (ca. 200-250 words). 2) Translation of a set of 10 Spanish sentences into English, designed to test more complex grammatical structures.

50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

2 weekly conversation based seminars with a cultural component per week for 11 weeks per semester.

22
Private study 156
Seminar

1 weekly translation and essay writing seminar for 11 weeks.

11
Lecture

1 weekly Grammar lecture for 11 weeks

11

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
  • 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

  • 3. 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)
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. 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)
  • 6. 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)

Resources

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

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