Module Identifier SP19930  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Maria D Blanco  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Jose M Goni Perez, Mr Matthew Richards, Miss Maria Porras Sanchez  
Pre-Requisite A-level or equivalent in Spanish  
Mutually Exclusive SP10740 / SP11220  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   3 hours per week and 1 hour per fortnight  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1x3 Hours written exam in semester 2  30%
Semester Exam Oral examination The oral examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with the oral class tutor. 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 one of the 4-6 topics covered during the first-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 20 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.20%
Semester Assessment Assignments and active contribution - Continuous Assessment: eight written assignments 20%; Oral 10%; Listening comprehension 20%50%
Supplementary Exam1x3 Hours written examination (unless ONLY the oral component is failed, in which case the supplementary exam will be an oral examination).100%

Learning outcomes

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

- identify an increase in their own skills in independent language study since A level
- demonstrate the improvement in their linguistic knowledge and skills since A level
- display proficiency in Spanish grammar and syntax at the appropriate level
- translate selected passages from and into Spanish
- iddentify registers of written Spanish
- use a range of linguistic structures
- communicate in written and oral Spanish at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- produce summaries of material written in Spanish
- use a relatively extensive Spanish vocabulary
- give their own insights into key aspects of Spanish society
- participate in debate at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- respond with clear understanding of spoken Spanish
- demonstrate familiarity and confidence in the spoken application of Spanish grammar
- select media articles, audio and video tapes for discussion in class
- perform role plays in Spanish
- make indivixual presentations in Spanish
- demonstrate an improvement in fluency and accuracy in pronunciation since entry
- make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the Language Resource Centre (video, audio tapes, CALL, satellite television)

Brief description

This is a thin module with 3 hours per week and one hour per fortnight extending over Semesters 1 and 2. Students will do a range of listening/writing/oral exercises. All classes will be devoted to the integrated study of the Spanish language in its cultural context. Exercises will be set regularly. Marks for these - and for occasional tests in class - will constitute the CA mark for the course.

Eight pieces of written work will be required over the year, of which half will be completed in class: these will count for double the weighting of the exercises completed outside the classes. If assessed work is missing, the module marks (for this element of the assessment) will be reviewed at the end of the year. If you have a valid and documented reason for non-submission, the average of the CA will be calculated across the marks of work which was received. If there was no such reason, then a mark of zero will be entered and the average will be calculated across teh full raneg of required work.

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Butt, John and Benjamin, Carmen (2004) A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish 4th. Hodder Arnold
García del Río, Carmen (2005) En Marcha : an intensive Spanish course for beginners Hodder Arnold
The Oxford Spanish Dictionary
** Recommended Consultation
Real Academia Española (1999) Ortografía de la lengua española Madrid: RAE


This module is at CQFW Level 4