Spanish Language and Society 5 (mastery)

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Roser Martinez-Sanchez PEL.6.01.G


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


Completion of the Spanish Language and Society 4 (Proficiency) course (LN220) or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

Further advanced (up to the level of mastery) study of the Spanish language through themes related to Spanish speaking societies within the framework of social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and studio-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Week 11 in MT and LT structured activities.

Two hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises

Indicative reading

The following works are core texts:

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cien Años de Soledad;
  • Carmen Laforet, Nada;
  • Tomas Eloy Martinez, Santa Evita,
  • Luis CERNUDA, "La realidad y el deseo", Fondo Cultura Económica, Madrid, 1982,
  • Poesia; Jaime GIL DE BIEDMA,: Antología poética (2001); Alianza Editorial, SA; Fuguet, Alberto; Sergio Gomez (Eds),
  • Presentación del país McOndo, En McOndo, Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1996;
  • Amores Perros (2000) Filmax DVD;
  • Ay Carmela! [1990] Arrow Warner Home Video DVD;

Students will be advised to buy any relevant materials at the beginning of the course.


Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.

Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning.  This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels.  To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2018/19: 3

Average class size 2018/19: 3

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication