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Unit information: Beginners Spanish in 2021/22

Unit name Beginners Spanish
Unit code UWLP10009
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Marga Menendez-Lopez
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a general introduction to the target language. It is intended:

  • To provide students with a solid foundation of the essential structures of the target language thus enabling them to communicate effectively across the four key language skills at an elementary level on a variety of general topics
  • To enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations
  • To introduce students to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language
  • To enable students to apply their developing language skills into areas related to their field of study

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

1. be able to communicate orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.

2. be able to work at a basic 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 a basic level

5. be able to respond to written texts at a basic level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching Information

Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the target language’s structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

  • Examination which includes Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 *In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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