Module Identifier SP30130  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Gwynne Edwards  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Rob Stone, Mr Roger Mills  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   30 Hours  
Assessment Oral examination   Oral examination in Department The Oral Examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with two members of staff (one of whom may be the external examiner). During this interview the candidate will be asked to: (a) read a passage in Spanish (given to the candidate some time prior to interview); (b) offer a brief presentation (4-5 minutes), in Spanish, on a selected topic (the candidate will be given notice of a number of topics to prepare for this presentation); (c) engage in a general conversation. The distribution of marks for the above parts of teh oral examination is as follows: (a) 25%; (b) 25%; (c) 50%   30%  
  Continuous assessment   Written assignments = 30%; Oral = 10%.   40%  
  Exam   2x2 Hours   30%  

Brief description

Written language skills, including translation from and into Spanish; linguistic registers, stylistic exercises, grammar revision; use of CALL. Acquisition of oral and aural skills in Spanish, conversation.
The module is intended to consolidate, develop and refine the linguistic ability of students after their intercalary year in both written and spoken language. A fortnightly class concentrates on the study and use of different types of linguistic concepts and registers, utilizing translation, free expression and expansion, while the weekly class consists of various types of written and spoken exercises, including essay, precis, comprehension, unseen translation, commentary and debate. The remaining cycles of the course-book prescribed at Level 2, ?A que no sabes ...?, will also be used, in class and independently by students in the Language Laboratory. The weekly conversation class consolidates and develops communicative skills building on their experiences during the year abroad. In this class students will be required to offer a presentation on a given topic in part fulfilment of the purposes of continuous assessment. Students are expected to participate actively in all classes and to use the CALL programme, cassettes and television facilities as requested.

24 weekly classes using prescribed material
12 fortnightly classes on prose translation and other assignments
24 weekly conversation classes

Learning outcomes

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

- quantify your own improvement in Spanish vocabulary, grammatical knowledge and spoken language since before going abroad
- translate idiomatically into and out of Spanish, using factual or fictional texts
- translate selected unseen passages in class
- prepare passages for translation and discussion in class
- explain and justify your own choice and use of different linguistic registers
- demonstrate active command of stylistic levels of Spanish
- demonstrate competence in preparing effectively for essay-writing: structuring work, constructing logical argument and expressing ideas in the appropriate linguistic register
- apply language skills acquired in Spanish, and during the year abroad, with particular emphasis on achieving as native-like a pronunciation as possible
- express yourself with confidence using a rich and varied vocabulary
- apply orally the complex vocabulary and grammatical structures introduced in written classes
- present independently prepared material in spoken or written Spanish
- analyse and discuss complex Spanish texts
- give detailed insight into Spanish cultural and political affairs

Language modules have, as an integral part of their structure, regular homework assignments and class tests as well as end of year examinations. All assessment is designed to measure your progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Reading Lists

Lourdes Miquel Lopez y Neus Sans Baulenas. (1989) ?A que no sabes ...? Curso de perfeccionamiento de espanol para extranjeros. 6th. Edelsa, Madrid