Module Identifier SP10210  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mrs Esther Santamaria-Iglesias  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Enrique Perez  
Assessment Oral examination   This will take place at the end of Semester 2 and will take the form of a 15 minute interview with a native speaker (normally the lector/lectora). In the interview each student will be asked to: (a) Read a passage in Spanish (which will be given to the student 15 minutes prior to interview) and answer a few questions, in Spanish, on the content of the passage. (b) Offer a brief presentation (3-4 minutes), in Spanish, on a slected topic. (Each student will be given notice of three topics to prepare for this presentation, from which teh lector/lectora will choose one, during the interview, upon which the student will be asked to speak). (c) Engage in a general conversation. The distribution of marks for the above parts of the oral examination is as follows: (a) 25%; (b) 25%; (c) 50%.   80%  
  Continuous assessment   This will be based equally on: (a) regularity of attendance at the weekly oral class and (b) active participation in the class.   20%  

Brief description

The advanced course in Spanish language (oral/aural) is a thin module, covering both Semester 1 and 2.

This module aims - via weekly class meetings with a native speaker - to develop in students the acquisition of active oral and aural skills in Spanish and generally to enhance communicative competence and confidence in the language.

Course content:   

Discussion and debate on topical issues; the use of media articles, audio and visual tapes, with discussion and commentary on these; role plays; individual presentations. In all these activities special attention is paid to accuracy in pronunciation and fluency.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, if you have made satisfactory progress, you will be able to:

- demonstrate your commitment to authentic Spanish pronunciation
- carry on discussion and debate at a standard appropriate to level 1
- respond with clear understanding to spoken Spanish
- demonstrate familiarity and confidence in the spoken application of Spanish grammar
- give your own insights into key aspects of Spanish society
- select media articles, audio and video tapes for discussion in class
- perform simple role plays in Spanish
- make individual presentations in Spanish
- demonstrate an improvement in fluency since entry
- make both supervised and independent use of video, language laboratory, satellite television to practice oral and aural skill

Progress in oral use of language is assessed continuously in class as well as by examination at the end of the year. All assessment is designed to measure your progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level