LA450-5-FY-CO:
Proficiency Level Spanish

The details
2023/24
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
30
11 October 2023

 

Requisites for this module
LA440
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.
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LA460

Key module for

BA R9R4 European Studies with Spanish,
BA R9R9 European Studies with Spanish (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR49 Spanish Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RT97 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This is a module for students who have passed LA440 Post Advanced Spanish or who have an equivalent level of Spanish. The module emphasises writing and speaking in preparation for the study abroad. The materials deal with important events of Spanish and Latin American culture and the society within which they took place. Constant links with modern issues are introduced in every unit of the module. The aim of the module is to widen the learners' awareness and knowledge about the Spanish-speaking societies and cultures worldwide and to provide them with the appropriate training to develop intellectual skills such as critical reasoning, application of concepts and identification and solution of problems. The module facilitates the analysis and interpretation of authentic data in Spanish through the study of Spanish structures and lexis. It also encourages students to adopt autonomous learning skills and an investigative approach to tackle grammatical and lexical problems in a wider system.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to widen the learners’ awareness and knowledge about the Spanish-speaking societies and cultures worldwide and to provide them with the appropriate training to develop intellectual skills such as critical reasoning, application of concepts and identification and solution of problems. The module facilitates the analysis and interpretation of authentic data in Spanish through the study of Spanish structures and lexis. It also encourages students to adopt autonomous learning skills and an investigative approach to tackle grammatical and lexical problems in a wider system.



Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to take notes with ease; use different advanced varieties of written and spoken Spanish; analyse Spanish and Latin American prose; write commentaries, reports and essays in Spanish. Students will be able to use spoken Spanish to show a range of styles and emotions in conversations, exchanges, presentations, situationals, debates and seminars; and would also have acquired a set of transferable and cognitive skills through the use of IT and controlled exercises.

Module information

All module materials will be available on Moodle.

Learning and teaching methods

57 Contact hours: 3 hours per week in weeks 2-11 (Autumn term), weeks 16-25 (Spring term) and week 30 (Summer term) The notional study hours will be 250, which students need to invest to prepare the classes and to carry out specific research to prepare work for assessment. Time will be made available for supervision and discussion of assignments.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Oral presentation     30% 
Coursework   Essay  08/12/2023  30% 
Practical   Reading comprehension test    20% 
Practical   Listening test    20% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Natalia Rodriguez Vicente, email: natalia.rodriguezvicente@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Natalia Rodriguez Vicente
Dr Natalia Rodriguez Vicente, nr21443@essex.ac.uk, Office 4.320, Number 2186

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 45 hours, 44 (97.8%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
1 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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