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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Spanish Language 2
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This is an intensive course unit for post-beginners in Spanish, which follows on from, and complements, the SPLA51011 Spanish language unit taught in semester 1.
Focussing on a variety of topics (including culture, society, current affairs, etc.) and using a range of teaching methods and audio-visual as well as printed media, this course aims to continue giving students sound foundations in the language and to develop intermediate writing and reading skills, and pre-intermediate speaking and aural skills.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Spanish Language 1||SPLA51011||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
to provide students with thorough grounding in Spanish grammar and syntax, and expand it further;
to enable students to become independent users of the target language and to communicate with some confidence on familiar routine matters related to their interests and professional field through a range of written, oral and comprehension exercises, including translation.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this course students will be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework (CEFR) for Languages in their written and reading skills, and at Level A2+ in their oral and aural skills.
Passive and active knowledge of a range of grammatical structures of the Spanish language.
An awareness of the nature and extent of cultural diversity within the Hispanic world.
Use of the target language with the skills acquired at a basic level.
Extract and synthesise basic key information from written and spoken sources.
Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured argument at levels of appropriate difficulty.
Develop deductive reasoning.
Communicate in written and oral Spanish.
Manage time and work to deadlines.
Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Communication and presentation skills: oral, written and IT.
Self-management and study skills, including learning how to learn through self-reflection activities and self-evaluation.
Self-confidence, empathy and understanding others.
- - Communication and presentation skills developed through frequent presentations and teamwork. - Self-management skills which are promoted through independent work. - Problem-solving, decision making and creative skills, fostered through a variety of tasks such as creative writing, simulations, translations, etc. - IT skills through web and computer assisted language learning.
|Assessment task||Formative or Summative||Weighting within unit (if Summative)|
|A grammar, reading and writing examination||Summative||60%|
|One piece of ACW (grammar)||Summative||15%|
|An oral examination based on the presentation of an Independence Language Learning Portfolio (ILLP)||Summative||25%|
|Weekly take-home coursework and online tests||Formative|
|A grammar, translation & essay writing examination|
Formative or Summative
Students will regularly receive individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and oral presentations plus face-to-face discussion if desired. The tutor will also provide in-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises.
Additionally, global feedback (delivered orally in class/posted to Blackboard/as a hand-out) on frequent errors or omissions will be provided to the whole class to indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion.
Finally, the collaborative group/pair work used in class to practice presented language also facilitates peer feedback.
Written feedback on the in-class test and on oral exam performance.
One-to-one feedback by request on written exam during office hours or by appointment during the School’s allocated feedback period.
F. Rosales et al., Campus Sur, Libro del Alumno (Barcelona: Difusión)
P. Muñoz and M. Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold)
Diccionario Oxford español-inglés, inglés-español (O.U.P.)
E. Spinelli, English Grammar for Students of Spanish (Arnold)
R. E. Batchelor & M. A. San José, Using Spanish Vocabulary (Cambridge University Press)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano||Unit coordinator|
Students will be encouraged to contribute to The Spanish Newspaper and to attend the cultural events at the Instituto Cervantes.