The module aims:
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 society and institutions.
• To develop presentation skills in Spanish.
• To develop essay writing.
All the Spanish 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 C1. These Spanish 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 B2, though students with some initial knowledge would be at C1.
Students completing the module successfully should:
A Demonstrate a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the main Spanish linguistic principles, structures and registers at intermediate B1- level.
B Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures and societies in Spain and Spanish speaking countries through the study of cultural products.
C Use reasonably accurately a repertoire of frequently used "routines" and patterns associated with more predictable situations in written form.
D Convey simple, straightforward information of immediate relevance, getting across which point he/she feels is most important in both speech and writing.
E Enter into conversation and issues related to familiar topics and give straightforward spoken descriptions on a variety of familiar subjects within his/her field of interest.
F Apply a range of grammatical structures at B1- level.
G Deal with most transactions likely to arise whilst travelling, arranging travel or accommodation, or dealing with authorities during a foreign visit.
• 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 on-line discussions between students and tutors can be held.