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BA Russian and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Spanish Language 6

Unit code SPLA51060
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit consists of language tuition in spoken and written Spanish at proficiency level and focuses on the practice of a wide variety of language and language-related skills which will help learners use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.




Pre-requisite units:  SPLA51040 Spanish Language 4 or SPLA51050 Spanish Language 5


The course aims:
(i) to enable students to communicate with a high level of fluency, accuracy, and confidence in Spanish through oral, aural, and written exercises (prose and translation);
(ii) to enable students to produce texts in Spanish with a detailed knowledge of all areas of grammar and syntax;
(iii) to improve translation skills by increasing students' sensitivity to issues of register, style and perspective when translating to and from Spanish across a range of media.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework. Assuming that all classes have been attended, coursework completed and a considerable amount of private study undertaken, students will have demonstrated an ability to:

  • Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • Communicate very fluently and appropriately in the target language, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy and differentiating finer shades of meaning
  • Exploit and contextualize a broad range of demanding materials in the target language and for a variety of purposes, also recognizing implicit meaning
  • Apply effectively and appropriately their language skills in a professional context
  • Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects

Knowledge and understanding

  • A good working knowledge, both practical and theoretical, of written and spoken Spanish including different registers of language
  • An understanding of the language in its broader cultural context
  • A broad knowledge and a critical understanding of the cultures and societies of the Hispanic world
  • An ability to translate to and from Spanish in a variety of different literary, journalistic, and semi-specialist contexts
  • An enhanced awareness of translation issues and the ability to critically evaluate the outcomes
  • Intercultural awareness, understanding and competence

Intellectual skills

  • Summarise information from different sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • Use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products
  • Contextualise from a variety of perspectives
  • Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
  • Engage in critical and analytical thinking
  • Develop critical, research and problem-solving skills

Practical skills

  • Use and present material in the target language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
  • Ability to manage own learning
  • Use target language source materials appropriately
  • Write and think under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies (ICT) appropriately

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communication and presentation skills: oral, written and IT
  • The ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team
  • Mediating skills and qualities of empathy
  • Self-reliance and adaptability
  • Intercultural skills and business awareness

Employability skills


Assessment methods

January exam 25%
Written exam 50%
Oral exam 25%
Online tests Formative


Feedback methods

Regular individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and oral presentations plus face-to-face discussion if desired.

In-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises.

After each of the scheduled assignments, global feedback on frequent errors or omissions to indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion (delivered orally in class/posted to blackboard/as a handout)

Peer feedback to be facilitated by the collaborative group work and pair work used in these classes to practise presented language.

Recommended reading

  • J. Butt and C. Benjamin, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (London: Arnold)
  • Oxford Spanish Dictionary (OUP, not concise versions)
  • The Oxford Business Spanish Dictionary (OUP) (for MLBM students)
  • Students may find the on-line dictionaries produced by the Real Academia de la Lengua Española on
  • R. E. Batchelor & M. A. San José, Using Spanish Vocabulary (CUP)
  • C. Pountain & T. de Carlos, Practising Spanish Grammar: a Workbook (London: Arnold)
  • New Penguin Parallel Text: Short Stories in Spanish (London: Penguin)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano Unit coordinator
James Scorer Unit coordinator

Additional notes





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