Module Identifier SP30130  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Mrs Esther Santamaria-Iglesias  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   30 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2x2 Hours written exams  30%
Semester Assessment Oral Examination: The oral Examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with two members of staff (one of whom may be the external examiner, or whom the external examiner may join). During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes), in Spanish, on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation, arising in the first instance from the presentation itself. The topic will be drawn from one of the 10-12 topics covered during the final-year oral classes. Only one topic will be provided per candidate. Candidates thus need to be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics. The presentation topic will be provided to the candidate 30 minutes before the examination (exact arrangements will be on the notice-board well before the examination). Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script; they may not bring extensive notes to the examination (notes will be collected at the end of the examination); they must not deliver a previously-learnt speech. The presentation should lead into (and be constructed so as to lead into) a conversation and further discussion of the topic. A more general conversation will follow.30%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Written assignments = 30%; Oral = 10%.  40%
Supplementary Exam3 Hours One three hour paper; Unless only the oral component is failed in which case the supplementary examination will be and oral examination.  100%

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.

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, 'r 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

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6