LN121     
Spanish Language and Society 1 (beginner)

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Roser Martinez-Sanchez PEL.6.01g

Second teacher tba

Availability

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.

Pre-requisites

  • No previous knowledge of Spanish is required; students with limited prior knowledge may be considered for the course subject to an interview with the course co-ordinator.
  • Please contact one of the teachers responsible before registering for this course.
  • If you are thinking of taking this course in your 2nd or 3rd year, it is advisable to contact one of the teachers responsible before the summer vacation.

Course content

  • Beginners to intermediate 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 language skills through individual and group work,  authentic and multi-media materials, and research based learning.
  • The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural critical awareness.

Teaching

60 hours of classes in the MT. 60 hours of classes in the LT. 6 hours of classes in the ST.

Six hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practise; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials.It is possible that this year some of the teaching may be delivered via virtual classes.

This course has reading weeks in week 6 of Michaelmas and Lent terms.

 

Formative coursework

Students will be required to complete weekly tasks.

Indicative reading

Students will be advised on relevant materials at the beginning of the course.

Assessment

Exam (30%, duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (30%) 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.

Course selection videos

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Student performance results

(2018/19 - 2020/21 combined)

Classification % of students
First 44
2:1 32
2:2 12
Third 4
Fail 8

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2020/21: 11

Average class size 2020/21: 6

Capped 2020/21: Yes (24)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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