The module is intended for students who have some previous knowledge of the Spanish language (B1- 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 consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the Spanish language, including grammar and lexis.
• To enhance communicative proficiency in Spanish, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction).
• To develop further listening and reading skills.
• To broaden the knowledge of contemporary Spanish – speaking countries
• To develop intercultural awareness of Spain and Spanish speaking cultures.
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 sound knowledge of some aspects of contemporary Spain and Latin America.
B Can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters informal and more formal well enough to correspond regularly with a native speaker at level B1+.
C Write essays on various contemporary Spanish and Latin American issues, such as expressing and discussing views at level B1+.
D Enter into conversation and issues related to familiar and some unfamiliar topics at level B1+.
E Can make his/her opinions and reactions understood as regards solutions to problems or practical questions of where to go, what to do, how to organise an event (e.g. an outing).
• 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.