LANG08011 2016 Spanish Year 4 Semester 1

General Details

Full Title
Spanish Year 4 Semester 1
Transcript Title
Spanish 4.1
75 %
Subject Area
LANG - Foreign Language
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Deborah Keegan, Joan Morrison, Maria Diaz-Caneja, Martine Lucas, Sarah OBeirne, Cristina Ettedgui Larkin, Clare Kelly-Lahon
Programme Membership
SG_BFINA_K08 201600 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Finance Stream (Add-on) SG_BTOUR_K08 202100 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Tourism with Event Management SG_BBUSI_K08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Add-on) DoMTS

This subject aims to build on the years of previous language studies and to equip the student with the linguistic skills to communicate competently in the target language and to develop the student's understanding of and sensitivity to social, cultural and economic issues relevant to the countries of the target languages.  It also aims to develop the student's capacity to carry out personal research in the target language.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Perform confidently at Level B2 within the Common European Framework for Language Learning (Council of Europe Guidelines) and those who have spent a semester/year abroad in the country where the target language is spoken will be working towards Level C1


understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussion in his/her field of specialisation


interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity (higher in those who have lived in a country in which the target language is spoken) which makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party


self-correct when speaking/writing in the target language


understand and appreciate various historical, political and social issues relevant to the main country in which the target language is spoken and start to acquire an awareness of other countries across the globe where the target language is spoken


Carry out personal research in the target language using appropriate resources.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Language seminars
  • Listening and comprehension
  • Cultural/business project work
  • Language lab

Module Assessment Strategies

Linguistic ability will be assessed in:

  • roleplays
  • oral interviews
  • project: written and oral presentation
  • written tests
  • written letters
  • translations


Repeat Assessments

All elements of the assessments may be repeated accordingly

Indicative Syllabus

Listening: Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. Can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. Can understand a lot of film dialogue if in standard dialect.

Reading:Can read articles & reports concerned with contemporary problems in which writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.  Can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken interaction: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible.  Can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining views.

Spoken production: Can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to the student's field of interest.  Can present a research project on some political, economical or social issue related modern Spanish history.

Writing:  Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. Can write business letters.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Oral Assessments Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Written assessments Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Language Laboratory Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN assignments/self-study/research 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007-05-30 Prisma B2 Avanza: Student Book + CD (Spanish Edition) Editorial Edinumen
ISBN 8498480035 ISBN-13 9788498480030

Book by Club Prisma Team, Gelabert, Maria Jose

Recommended Reading
2012 Prisma nivel B2 cwiczenia Nowela
ISBN 8495986507 ISBN-13 9788495986504
Recommended Reading
2014-06-01 Espana Contemporanea 2014: Historia - Sociedad - Economia (Spanish Edition) Sociedad General Espanola de Libreria
ISBN 8497786114 ISBN-13 9788497786119

17 unidades que presentan textos sobre la historia, la economia; la sociedad de los ultimos 30 anos de nuestro pais. Secciones de preguntas para trabajar la comprension del texto; el debate en clase. Propuesta de ampliacion e investigacion sobre el tema a traves de numerosas paginas web que incluyen material audiovisual. Se completa con la propuesta de dos comentarios de texto que completan la informacion de la unidad. Espana contemporanea acerca al alumno documentos historicos; material de prensa. This work is a reference book for foreign students of advanced level which are interested in contemporary Spain. It gives an overview of the social, economic and historical aspects of present Spain. There is a wide variety of activities and many references to Internet.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Kattan-Ibarra, J. and Connell, T. (1996) Working with Spanish, Level 2, Stanley Thornes, U.K.

Schmitt, C. (2008) Schaum's Outline of Spanish Grammar, 5ed (Schaum's Outline Series), McGraw-Hill, U.S.A

(Or any other textbook considered appropriate to this level)

Other Resources

Spanish dictionary

articles (provided by lecturer) from newspapers, journals, magazines dealing with relevant historical, cultural, political, economical and social issues

films dealing with the above issues

Back-up texts and a range of specialized dictionaries  available in the library. 

Subscription to the newspapers El Pais and La Vanguardia, and to the news magazines Cambio 16 and Economia

Additional Information