Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Spanish 5 or equivalent (e.g. AS-level grade D, GCSE grade A or A*/7-9, CEF level B1)
Both the mastery of a foreign language as widely spoken as Spanish and the awareness of cultural and linguistic specificities will prove essential when negotiating the world of work or when travelling around the world. For those studying American Studies, International Relations, History, Politics, or doing Geography or Geology fieldwork in Spain, is most relevant, since this module equips you with an insight of Spanish/Hispanic language varieties and cultures. This course is designed for students who have completed Spanish 5 or equivalent (e.g. GCSE grade A*, AS-level grade D or lower). The core skills listening, speaking, reading and writing will be expanded and communicative competence and awareness of grammar will be developed further. Teaching will be based around a set course book which will be supplemented by a range of video material. We learn to describe a journey, compose a CV; to assess past experiences; to talk about habits in the past; to express obligation and possibility; to predict our future and offer hypotheses; etc. We will study some Latin American countries in more detail, such as Chile, through a DVD series. There will be a variety of tasks and exercises during each class, such as discussion and role play; listening comprehension and reading and writing tasks and students will be required to complete a range of self study tasks for portfolio. For computer-assisted learning, KLE will enable you to enhance your self-study skills and research for some of the module tasks.Upon successful completion of this module, students will normally have reached level B1 of the Common European Language Framework (CEFR - B1)
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/spn-90006/lists
To improve students' fluency in the language and to consolidate previous grammatical knowledge as well as introduce some of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar. To enable students to develop general language learning skills. To offer insights into cultural specificity of Spanish speaking countries (mainly Spain and Latin America).
Intended Learning Outcomes
understand the main points of many radio and TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear: 1,2enter unprepared into conversation on topics such as travel and current events: 1give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans, and narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe their reactions: 1write personal letters describing experiences and impressions, and write simple essays with the help of dictionaries, textbooks and authentic language materials: 1,2demonstrate awareness of correct grammar, register and style as well as of different varieties of Spanish: 1,2demonstrate awareness of cultural issues in Spanish speaking countries: 2understand the written description of events, feelings and wishes : 2
20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time 100 hours class preparation and revision and private study22 hours revision for and completion of written exam 8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam
Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment formStudents are only permitted to take one Spanish language module per semester
1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Spoken interaction assessmentA 6-7 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student.2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing examExamination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.