Aims and Fit of Module
The module is intended for students who have some previous knowledge of the Spanish language (A2 or equivalent) and it will progress in the study the Spanish language and culture. The module will broadly achieve an outcome at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
• To review, consolidate and further develop knowledge of main aspects of the Spanish language.
• To enable students to improve their Spanish language skills effectively.
• To enable students to communicate competently on a variety of general topics.
•To foster an understanding of contemporary Spanish-speaking cultures and societies.
• To develop presentation skills in Spanish.
• To develop essay writing.
All the Spanish language modules have been developed taking into account the QAA benchmark statements for a full or minor component in a language. QAA benchmark statements relate to the language component comprising at least one-third of the study total, resulting in students at the end of the relevant degree programme being at level B1. These Spanish language modules make up less than one third of study and so the realistic minimum that would be achieved for a student starting at a beginner level in year 1 is CEFR B1, though students with some initial knowledge would be at B1+.
A Demonstrate comprehension of standard spoken Spanish on current affairs and/or topics of personal or professional interest.
B Understand texts in Spanish from different genres written about familiar topics, description of events, feelings and desires, and locate the main ideas and relevant details.
C Demonstrate sufficient level-appropriate spoken communications skills to produce and/or exchange information on topics which are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life
D Produce level-appropriate written texts on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life
E Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of cultural and social aspects of Spanish speaking countries.
Method of teaching and learning
• Core teaching takes place through Spanish language and study skills workshops with an emphasis on student-to-student interaction and all student participation.
• In addition, there will be guided reading and directed study to enable students to prepare for and reinforce class input and develop autonomous learning strategies. Online resources will also be used to complement contact sessions and workshops whereby additional information and resources can be made available electronically and online discussions between students and tutors can be held.
•Most functional and notional topics studied at this level will be determined by the main course book. Class materials will be supplemented by online resources.
•Oral activities will promote the basis for developing confidence, flexibility and fluency in conversations.