Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Study and Research Skills in Spanish and Latin American Studies
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  10 minutes presentation  25%
Semester Assessment Portfolio & Essay  3,000 words Portfolio - Essay Essay - 1,500 words Reflective Portfolio - 1,500 words  75%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  10 minutes presentation  25%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio & Essay  3,000 words Portfolio - Essay Essay - 1,500 words Reflective Portfolio - 1,500 words  75%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

select, recognize and evaluate reliable resources both in language and content

plan effectively for oral presentations in Spanish

plan effectively for written essays both in English and Spanish

use in-text citation and different reference systems

write/present a clear and well-structured argument both orally and in essay writing in response to an essay question

read critically journal abstracts to evaluate the importance of a piece of research in peer-reviewed publications

demonstrate awareness of approaches and techniques that are commonly used in language learning

demonstrate awareness of and apply critical reflection techniques

Brief description

This module will provide students with the necessary skills to write brief and extended pieces of work; to present a coherent argument, to organize and support your ideas and the necessary techniques to communicate orally in Spanish. You will also be provided with the necessary skills to use on-line sources and archives proficiently within academic conventions. Through problem-solving and oral and written tasks, students will gain confidence in time management, developing planning, analytical, interpretive, persuasive and critical skills. To achieve this goal this module will also teach students how to become a proficient reader when researching on a topic. Also central will be the use of databases and tips on how to source the best possible information both on language and content from Spain and Latin America.


This module is a detailed introduction to the skills necessary for students reading Spanish and Latin American Studies. The aim of this module is to provide the necessary tools for students who will be working on essay writing, oral presentations in Spanish, research databases, on-line data on Spanish language, on-line language resources, archive collections both from the Hispanic world, and a range of bibliographic databases in Spanish.
The module will help students develop the study and research skills necessary to be successful in their first year Language UG degree, tackling common areas of difficulty. Direct teaching of these skills is crucial to students’ success due to a lack of preparation in these core elements prior to University and also to the complexity of both on-line resources and on-line databases and digital archives available.


This module is delivered in the form of 2 x 1 hour class per week.
During the first hour students will cover the main theoretical aspects of the course as well as learning advanced written and oral techniques which will enable them to start solving the most frequent problems first year UGs will face.
During the second hour (practical part) students will practice accessing the main archival and on-line resources available in Spanish in order to prepare them both linguistically and intellectually for the demands of essay writing and oral presentation.
As a thick module, it is expected that students will move rapidly to an advanced knowledge of bibliographical techniques, on-line research, use of archives, time management, essay writing and oral skills, developing their confidence and academic skills.

Development of the skills needed for writing assignments
- time management;
- assessment of essay topics;
- evaluation of essay titles;
- development of ideas;
- planning and writing an introduction;
- assessing resources on-line;
- using bibliographical corpuses;
- effective reading;
- summarising and quotation;
- how to use referencing systems (in-text citation)
- avoiding plagiarism

Development of the skills needed for language

- using on-line language resources
- using archives of linguistic variations/accents
- using specialised monolingual dictionaries in Spanish
- preparing for oral presentations
- diction, time and oral arguments
- preparing oral exams in the target language

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Students will be introduced to communication techniques, both oral and written in English and Spanish. They will also have the opportunity to practice their presentation skills via both formative and summative assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will produce a reflective portfolio related to the topics covered, including research methods, referencing and study skills / techniques as well as preparation for their essay question. They will also reflect on their oral presentation performance both in Spanish and in English.
Information Technology Students will have to use accurately relevant software related particularly to language learning and to use proficiently on-line databases and research resources
Personal Development and Career planning Students will work independently, developing study skills alongside their written and oral skills both in English and in the target language, practice oral presentations and evaluate their own performance techniques. Reflective exercises will help support their personal development and career planning.
Problem solving This module is designed to address the most common problems that UG students face when studying Spanish and interpreting Spanish and Latin American texts and to equip them with a knowledge of the tools available to them.
Research skills Students will be introduced to a variety of research skills across the module and will be enabled to put these into practice via in-class exercises and assessments. They will research topics related to the Hispanic world and use sources and practical sessions to evaluate materials for writing essays or making oral presentations. They will also prepare specific exercises for the practical classes, enriching their literacy and comprehension.
Subject Specific Skills Inter-personal and communication skills; Spanish language skills; knowledge of culture and diversity; debating and public speaking; on-line resources
Team work Students will undertake group work and peer evaluation exercises at various points across the module.


This module is at CQFW Level 4