LANG08011 2016 Spanish Year 4 Semester 1
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.
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:
- oral interviews
- project: written and oral presentation
- written tests
- written letters
All elements of the assessments may be repeated accordingly
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
|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
Required & Recommended Book List
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
2012 Prisma nivel B2 cwiczenia Nowela
ISBN 8495986507 ISBN-13 9788495986504
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.
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)
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