Module code: LS1011
Number of Aston credits: 10
Entry requirements: Spanish Intermediate II or AS Level Language of Delivery: Spanish
Fees (2013/14): £300 for a double module (20 credits) and £175 for a single (module 10 credits). Pay online.
Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 1
Module convenor: Mr Aurelio Ramos Caballero
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The TP will be divided into two areas of focus: an intercultural one and professional one. Each lesson will aim to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to deepen knowledge and understanding of the grammar and lexis of the Spanish language through a variety of activities such as:
1. Communicating in different situations (through role plays, presentations, group discussions)
2. Reading activities and exercises
3. Writing activities ranging from CVs to compositions
4. Practice grammatical structures and vocabulary
The module emphasises the functional use of language within a proficiency-oriented framework around two main themes: a job or professional-related theme and a more cultural one. The development of the basic skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing - are given equal weight and are taught as building blocks toward proficiency and communication.
Knowledge and understanding: students will be able to
Cognitive skills: students will be able to
Subject-specific skills: students will be able to
Transferable skills: students will have practised
The course will be delivered in Spanish. English will be used only if necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. Students are expected to use the target language as a means of communication in the classroom.
Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to practise the four skills outside the classroom. They will be expected to take advantage of the learning resources available in the School to practise, revise and consolidate their learning of the Spanish language (for instance by using Auralog - Tell me more - a language software available in the Language labs)
The module will consist of two contact hours per week.
A minimum of 3-4 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to Spanish outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.
How is the total Learning Hours per module achieved?
Private Study & Assessment
10 credits = 100 hours, 20 credits = 200 hours
Feedback will be given through:
Formative and summative feedback following the oral presentation.
Summative written feedback as part of the marking process for the exam.
Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and that in case of cohort’s averages above the University standards, the group’s results will be scaled according to the list published in the LSS Assessment Handbook for Undergraduate Programmes and on the UWLP website.
Coursebook: AVE [online]. Aula Virtual Cervantes (AVE). Available from http://ave.cervantes.es
Benjamin, C., and Butt, J. A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish. Hodder Education, 2011
Ortega, A. ¡Exacto! A Practical Guide to Spanish Grammar. Hodder & Stoughton, 2002.
Spinelli, E. English Grammar for Students of Spanish. Arnold, 1999.
Dictionaries: The Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 2000. Diccionario intermedio de lengua española. Ediciones SM, 2000
A list of useful electronic resources is available on Blackboard.
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