Spanish Language and Society 3 (advanced)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Lourdes Hernandez Martin and Ms Mercedes Coca


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 2 (Intermediate) course (LN122); or a good pass at A Level or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

Advanced 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.


40 hours of classes in the MT. 40 hours of classes in the LT. 4 hours of classes in the ST.

Week 11 in MT and LT structured activities.

Four 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

  • USO de la gramática española: avanzado, Francisca Castro, editorial Edelsa (más clave con respuestas);
  • E Galeano, Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina, 1988;
  • H Graham & J Labanyi (Eds), Spanish Cultural Studies, OUP 1995;
  • J Hooper, Los Nuevos Españoles, 1996;
  • Carlos Fuentes, El Espejo Enterrado, Taurus Bolsillo, 1998
  • Edwin Williamson, The Penguin History Of Latin America: New Edition. 2009
  • Giles Tremlett, España Ante Sus Fantasmas, Siglo XXI 2006.

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


Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the main 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.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
First 26.9
2:1 61.5
2:2 9.6
Third 1.9
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 19

Average class size 2016/17: 8

Capped 2016/17: Yes (32)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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

Course survey results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 82%



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