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Unit information: Spanish Language for Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Joint Degrees in 2015/16

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Unit name Spanish Language for Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Joint Degrees
Unit code HISP30101
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Ramos-Alvaro
Open unit status Not open

Relevant core language unit at level I/5



School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

To advance to degree standard students’ active and passive ability in the language studied.
To sustain and build on oral fluency and listening skills acquired to date.
To develop students’ writing skills across a range of written tasks.
To perfect students’ skills in translation of texts (from literature and contemporary media).

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will:

  • be knowledgable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  • will have advanced skills in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  • be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at an advanced level;
  • be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an advanced level of complexity;
  • be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including postgraduate study.

Teaching Information

3 weekly contact hours dedicated to the development of key skills. Mostly seminar based with some lectures for the delivery of grammar lessons. Ongoing e-learning tasks via Blackboard.

Assessment Information

100% examination – to test the 4 key skills – Translation; Composition; Guided Writing; Oral/Aural

1½ hour translation exam (25%)
1½ hour guided writing exam (25%)
2 hour composition exam (25%)
Oral/aural exam (25%) – 1 oral exam (70% of component) and 1 aural exam (30% of component).

Reading and References

Selection of dedicated material prepared in-house (SML).

Grammar texts and dictionaries as appropriate to language area.