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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study

CFLS1S1P1: Spanish Stage 1 Plus

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • No prior qualifications in Spanish language. The module is intended for native speakers of, or those with prior ability at CEFR B1 or above in another Romance language. Students should otherwise have no, or very limited direct exposure to Spanish.

Corequisites

  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any Core Language Module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Aims

  • To provide an introduction to Spanish Language in the four core language skills, i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing and an introduction to the basic grammatical structures of the target language.
  • To develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish.
  • To enable students to function effectively in a general social context.
  • To extend lexis and knowledge of grammar.
  • To develop basic writing skills.
  • To promote intercultural understanding.

Content

  • The first part of this module aims to consolidate and revise prior knowledge, which will involve a comprehensive review of basic language structures followed by the further study of key aspects of grammar.
  • Most functional and notional topics studied at this level will be determined by the main course book.
  • Class materials will be supplemented by online resources.
  • Oral activities will promote the basis for developing confidence, flexibility and fluency in conversations.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the main Spanish linguistic principles, structures and registers;
  • demonstrate knowledge of some aspects of Hispanic social, economic and political structures;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some features of Hispanic culture and society gained through the study of cultural topics.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • write short compositions in the target language related to both personal and social spheres, expressing and discussing views;
  • relate a series of events and take part in semi-structured discussion on Hispanic current affairs, customs and social issues;
  • apply a range of grammatical principles;
  • make effective use of reference material such as grammars and dictionaries;
  • use a range of language learning techniques and skills by independently developing strategies to extend their lexis and knowledge of grammar.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • give a short class presentation in Spanish;
  • narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or a film;
  • write a short essay demonstrating the ability to organise ideas in a logical and coherent sequence in sustained prose;
  • communicate information, ideas and arguments both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and reference information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic resources;
  • use IT both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;
  • deal effectively with a variety of situations whilst abroad.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is delivered through three 1-hour seminars each week.
  • Contact time will be used to introduce new material and provide the students with high quality target language input from the module tutor and multimedia sources.
  • In preparation for each session students will be expected to revise new material and complete formative language exercises.
  • The assessment scheme for this module is designed to test students' level of attainment in language production (speaking and writing) and reception (listening and reading).
  • In order to reflect the continuous nature of the language learning process the module will be assessed by a combination of formative and summative in-course assessment and by formal oral examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminar 60 three times per week 1 hour 60
Preparation and Reading 140
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Students will complete two pieces of assessment for each component. The component mark will be awarded on the basis of the best assessment submitted.
Component: Reading & Writing Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2 summative pieces, mark awarded based on best submission 100% Yes - one submission
Component: Speaking & Listening Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2 summative pieces, mark awarded based on best submission 100% Yes - one submission

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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