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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3010 Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3

20 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Bettina Hermoso Gomez
Email: B.Hermoso-Gomez@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

SPPO 2010 or SPPO 2011 or equivalent level of Spanish Language (B2+/C1)

Pre-requisites

SPPO2010Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2
SPPO2011Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This is an integrated Spanish language skills module, designed to enable the students to acquire the level of subtlety in appreciating nuances and communicative contexts of a native speaker, to enhance their knowledge of a wide range of linguistic usages and structures and their ability to make use of them in accordance with the intention of the speakers, the linguistic and extra-linguistic contexts or the relationship or status of the speakers at a higher level. There will be a weekly two hour lecture and a 1-hour weekly tutorial during which language tutors will provide supervision, linguistic guidance and feedback in relation to individual assessed projects (Semester 1). Oral work during tutorials in Semester 1 will concentrate on debates around key contemporary issues. During tutorials in Semester 2 these will occupy 100% of the contact time in the classroom, as each student will have to deliver a formally assessed presentation followed by an in-class debate.

Objectives

At the end of this module students will be able to:
- understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning;
- express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions;
- use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes;
- produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain knowledge on Spanish Grammar at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and will acquire a level of discursive, lexical and functional competence which will allow them to communicate in professional situations both in writing and orally.

Skills outcomes
Alongside the enhancement of the four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) students will gain competence in the following transferable skills:

Ability to:
- appreciate and use nuanced language at a higher level;
- appreciate and use at a higher level tone, register, structure and style in oral and written communication;
- interact and negotiate orally in complex situations.


Syllabus

Students will have two contact hours a week of language teaching in a large group, supported with online exercises, during which the following grammar and stylistic points will be covered in depth:

-rhetorical modes and genres;
-adequacy, coherence and cohesion;
-relative, conditional, temporal, concessive, final, reason, result, modal, comparative subordinate clauses;
-reported speech;
-the expression of impersonality;
-infinitive, gerund and participle;
-verbal periphrasis;

There will be one 1-hour weekly tutorial during which language tutors will provide supervision, linguistic guidance and feedback in relation to individual assessed projects and well-structured opportunities for oral practice on the topics around key contemporary issues.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture182.0036.00
Tutorial201.0020.00
Private study hours144.00
Total Contact hours56.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Project and presentation preparation and writing up = 100 hours
Online Grammar exercises = 18 hours
Exams revision = 26 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Monitoring of attendance to lectures and seminars;
- Supervision of team and individual work during tutorials;
- Monitoring of oral performance in class during Sem 1;
- Assessment of oral performance in class during Sem 2;
- Assessment of project work in Sem 1;
- Assessment on project work in S2 (which takes place over Easter);

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectRead to Write Project - 1,000-words (individual work)30.00
Oral PresentationAssessed oral presentation (20%) and assessed discussions (15%)35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)65.00

In semester 1 there will be non-assessed discussions about the sources and topics of the team projects and mock presentations/ debates of draft projects in which the whole class - max 8 - will take part.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)35.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 26/04/2017

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