Spanish Language and Society 4 (proficiency)

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Mercedes Coca PEL.6.01i and Ms Maria Lourdes Hernandez Martin PEL.6.01.d


This course is available on the MA in Modern History. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.

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 3 (Advanced) course (LN120) or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

Further advanced (up to proficiency) 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 20 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 20 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Three 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.

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

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises

Indicative reading

  • F Matte Bon, Gramatica comunicativa del español, Tomo 1 y Tomo 2, Edelsa, 1998

The following works are recommended:

  • J P Fussi & J Palafox, España: el Desafio a la Modernidad 1808-1996, Espasa 1997;
  • P Preston, Las Tres Españas del 36, 1997;
  • P Preston, El Holocausto Español, Debate 2011;
  • G Garcia Marquez, Fantasía y creación artística en América Latina y el Caribe 1981;
  • N Chomsly, América Latina. de la Colonización a la Globalización, Cátedra, 2003;
  • C Fuentes, El Espejo Enterrado, Taurus Bolsillo, 1998.

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


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.

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 40
2:1 57.5
2:2 2.5
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2021/22: 13

Average class size 2021/22: 8

Capped 2021/22: Yes (32)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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