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 B2- 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 general knowledge of some economic aspects of contemporary Spain and Latin America.
B Can follow lectures and presentations in the student’s field, even if the organization and language are both complex.
C Can quickly scan through long and complex texts on topics of interest to locate relevant details.
D Can carry out an effective, fluent interview, departing spontaneously from prepared questions, following up and probing interesting replies at a language level within the B2- CEFRL band.
E Can write a paper developing their argument with appropriate highlighting of significant points and relevant supporting detail at a language level within the B2- CEFRL band...
• 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.