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Unit information: Spanish Language for Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Joint Degrees in 2020/21

Unit name Spanish Language for Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Joint Degrees
Unit code HISP30101
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Marga Menendez-Lopez
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Relevant core language unit at level I/5

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

To advance to degree standard students’ active and passive ability in the language studied.
To sustain and build on oral fluency and listening skills acquired to date.
To develop students’ writing skills across a range of written tasks.
To perfect students’ skills in translation of texts (from literature and contemporary media).

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit students will;

  1. be proficient in the spoken and written language to degree standard.
  2. be able to communicate fluently in the spoken language in both formal and informal registers.
  3. have a high level of competence in using the written language in a range of tasks.
  4. be sensitive to register, and nuances of the language studied and will be able to reflect these in translation.
  5. be able to demonstrate and reflect on their distinctive linguistic and cultural expertise by exploring its practical application in a range of educational and cultural contexts.

Teaching details

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the target language’s structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

  • Two submitted pieces of coursework to test Translation into English incorporating reflective element where possible - 25% - assesses ILO 4
  • Individual presentation / speaking exercise to assess Oral / Listening – 25% - assesses ILOs 1 and 2
  • Examination – to include Reading Comprehension / Guided Writing – 50% - assesses ILOs 1, 3 and 5

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML).

Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area.

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