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Unit information: Spanish for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) in 2013/14

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Unit name Spanish for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level)
Unit code LANG13025
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Ramos-Alvaro
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

Pass at A Level (Grade C) or equivalent in Spanish

Co-requisites

None

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

Description

Consolidation and development of advanced language structures and functions. Introduction and/or review and practice of specialist concepts and terminology to enable students to develop their existing language competence into areas related to their fields of study. The unit includes practice in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), grammar review, vocabulary development (general and specialist), and cultural and social aspects of the language. Particular emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate both orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy
  2. and fluency.
  3. be able to work with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching details

3 hours of teaching per week covering all four topics of Reading writing speaking and listening. Classroom based learning is supplemented by online access to resources delivered via Blackboard. Regular formative homework is set.

Assessment Details

The four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

For reading and writing there is a formal mid-sessional examination at the end of TB1and a formal examination in the summer examination period.

  • The mid-sessional reading examination comprises 12.5% of the overall mark. The summer reading examination comprises 12.5% of the mark. Both assess ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • The mid-sessional writing examination comprises 12.5% of the overall mark. The summer writing examination comprises 12.5% of the mark. Both assess ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Listening is assessed by both continuous assessment, consisting of a listening assignment which comprises 12.5% of the total mark, and by a final class test, which comprises 12.5% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs 1 and 2.
  • Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, consisting of marked coursework (oral presentation, which comprises 12.5% of the total mark - assessing ILOs 1, 2 and 3) and an oral exam which comprises 12.5% of the total mark (assessing ILOs 1, 2 and 3).

The overall pass mark for language courses is 40%.

Reading and References

Materials developed in house by the relevant Language Department. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

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