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Unit information: Spanish for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Spanish for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1
Unit code LANG21025
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

Satisfactory completion of LANG11045 or if individual language level is deemed appropriate



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

Description including Unit Aims

A continuation of the Level 1 Grade 1 starting at post GCSE level.This unit aims to consolidate and develop general language structures and functions and to introduce basic specialist concepts and terminology to enable students to develop their existing knowledge of the language into areas related to professional life, with particular emphasis on the skills necessary for working in an international environment. The unit includes: practice in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), grammar development, vocabulary development, cultural and social aspects of the language, presentation skills. Students will be expected to complete a short project in the target language.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able:

  1. to produce accurate and fluent spoken and written language in a variety of registers;
  2. to understand written and spoken language studied at an upper-intermediate / lower advanced level and
  3. to demonstrate skills that can be put into practice if they spend time abroad in a country where the language is spoken.

Overall, students will attain a level comparable to B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching Information

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 Information

The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each). For reading there is a formal examination in the summer examination period, which comprises 25% of the total mark. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Writing is assessed by a coursework assignment, which comprises 25% of the total mark, and is completed over the course of TB1 and TB2. This assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Listening is assessed by continuous assessment, consisting of listening assignments and class tests, which comprise 25% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs 1 and 2.

Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, which comprises 25% of the total mark. It consists of marked coursework (oral presentation at the end of TB1, - assessing ILOs 1, 2 and 3) and an oral exam at the end of TB2 (assessing 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.