The module is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish language. Completion of this module will broadly achieve an outcome at a full A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The module will integrate topics with the study of the language, with an emphasis on consolidating knowledge and use of grammar.
The module aims:
• To consolidate and revise prior knowledge.
• To develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish.
• To enable students to function effectively in a general social context.
• To extend lexis and knowledge of grammar.
• To develop basic essay writing skills.
• To promote intercultural understanding.
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.
A.Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the main Spanish linguistic principles, structures and registers at a full A1 level of the CEFR.
B.Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some features of Spanish culture and society gained through the study of cultural topics
C.Write short essays in the target language related to both personal and social spheres, expressing and discussing views; showing the ability to organize ideas in a logical and coherent sequence at at a full A1 level of the CEFR.
D.Relate a series of events and take part in semi-structured discussion on Spanish social issues and customs at a full A1 level of the CEFR.
E.Apply a range of grammatical structures at a full A1 level of the CEFR.
F.Give a short class presentation in Spanish.
• 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.