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Unit information: Follow-on Spanish in 2018/19

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Unit name Follow-on Spanish
Unit code UWLP20005
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Ramos-Alvaro
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

A pass in Beginners unit in the language

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit is designed to follow on from the beginners’ level unit. It provides further development of students’ knowledge of the target language beyond that level. It is intended:

  • To review and consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and a range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations
  • To further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and note taking, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • To expand students’ knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to introduce and develop the transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad
  • To introduce the linguistic structures and terminology which will enable them to pursue academic goals in the target language and to develop the skills which will facilitate their integration into the socio-cultural and academic environment of the target language

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate orally and in writing with a good degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. be able to work at an upper intermediate level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. be able to understand and interpret written texts at an upper intermediate level
  5. be able to respond to written texts at an upper intermediate level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A2 / B1 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

Assessment type

Skills assessed

University week & date

ILOs assessed

Class Test (25%) Listening Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Oral Test (25%) Speaking Weeks 23/24 in class 1, 2, 3
Formal Examination (50%) Reading & Writing Week 25 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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 examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 50% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Listening is assessed by a class test at the end of TB2, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.
  • Speaking is tested by one oral test at the end of TB2. This assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.

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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