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Confirmation that this version of the module specification has been approved by the School Learning and Teaching Committee:

…………… A. Stähler, 18 DEC 2014……………….(date)



MODULE SPECIFICATION

  1. Title of the module

LS565: Learning Spanish 2A (Intermediate)

  1. School or partner institution which will be responsible for management of the module

School of European Culture & Languages (Hispanic Studies)

  1. Start date of the module

September 2009 (Revised December 2014)

  1. The number of students expected to take the module

15

  1. Modules to be withdrawn on the introduction of this proposed module and consultation with other relevant Schools and Faculties regarding the withdrawal

N/A

  1. The level of the module (e.g. Certificate [C], Intermediate [I], Honours [H] or Postgraduate [M])

[I] Intermediate. CEFR level: A2

  1. The number of credits and the ECTS value which the module represents

15 credits (7.5 ECTS)

  1. Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern)

Autumn

  1. Prerequisite and co-requisite modules

Pre-requisite: LS315: Learning Spanish 1B (Beginners) or equivalent

  1. The programmes of study to which the module contributes

This module is available only as a wild module.

  1. The intended subject specific learning outcomes

By successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate active communicative competence in Spanish equivalent to level A2

    2. Demonstrate written expressive competence in Spanish through study of Spanish syntax and grammar structures equivalent to level A2

    3. Demonstrate reading speed, fluency and accuracy, and ability to interpret Spanish texts over a diverse range of registers equivalent to level A2.

    4. Demonstrate ability to use spoken Spanish to A2

    5. Understand listening comprehension of Spanish to A2

    6. Acquire a thematic framework for language study by analysing texts related to cultural and socio-linguistic Spanish issues.

    7. Demonstrate improved confidence in the use of information technology through the use of Web-based language exercises.




  1. The intended generic learning outcomes

By successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an ability to participate in group discussion

    2. Demonstrate independent use of resources (such as dictionaries and grammars)

    3. Demonstrate improved *skills of self-expression (written and oral)

    4. Demonstrate enhanced mental agility and analytic capacity

    5. Demonstrate team working ability through group work

    6. Demonstrate an ability to manage their time and prioritise workloads.



  1. A synopsis of the curriculum

This module is intended for students from any discipline at the University of Kent who wish to do a Spanish wild-module at GCSE level. This intermediate post-GCSE course will be a follow-on course from LS315 Learning Spanish 1B in their first year and will lead onto the LS566 Learning Spanish 2B in Spring term and onto the LS504 Learning Spanish 3B (Post A level) module in the following year. The main aims of the module are to consolidate and expand knowledge of the grammar and structure of the language, and to promote a high level of skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. A secondary aim is to increase awareness of Spanish and Latin American cultural contexts and linguistic expressions through the use of the module textbook and material adapted from real-life sources.

  1. Indicative Reading List

ALONSO RAYA, R. et al. (2011). Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Barcelona: Difusión.

SANCHEZ, A. (2010). Cumbre. Nivel medio. Libro del alumno - Coursework book. Madrid: SGEL

SANCHEZ, A. (2010). Cumbre. Nivel medio. Libro del alumno. Students exercise book. Madrid: SGEL

SANCHEZ, A. (2010). Cumbre. Nivel medio. Libro del alumno. Audio CDS Madrid: SGEL


Spanish Easy Learning Dictionary (2012) London: Collins

CHRISTOPHER K. (2010) 501 Spanish Verbs. London: Barron’s



Collins Gem Spanish Dictionary (2012) London: Harper Collins

GOODRICH, P. et al. (2005) BBC Spanish Phrase Book and Dictionary. London: BBC



The Collins Spanish Dictionary (2014) London: Collins

The Oxford Spanish Grammar (2000) Oxford: OUP

Additional materials for the module will be available on Moodle



  1. Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement of the intended module learning outcomes

Total number of hours required for this module: 150 (30 contact hours plus 120 hours personal study)
Total of contact 30 hours in Autumn term:

2 language seminars (2 hours per week), related to the achievement of learning outcomes 11.1-3, 11.5-7 and 12.1-6.

1 conversation class (1 hour per week), related to the achievement of learning outcomes 11.4, 12.1, 12.3 and 12.5.
In addition to 3 contact hours in the classroom, students are expected to invest at least 12 hours of personal study and preparation for this module per week in the Autumn term (related to the achievement of learning outcomes 12.2, 12.4 and 12.6). The total hours of personal study that students are expected to invest in this module are 120.


  1. Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended module learning outcomes

This module will be assessed by 100% coursework.

Coursework components:



  • Written test (40%, 1 hour, week 12): the written test will assess learning outcomes 11. 1-3, 11.6 and 12.3.

  • Listening Test (20%, 30-40 minutes in week 12): the listening test will assess learning outcomes 11.5, and 12.3.

  • Oral Test (20%, oral presentation in groups, 20-25 minutes, week 12): the oral test will assess learning outcomes 11.1, 11.4, 12.1, 12.3 and 12.5.

  • Essay (8%, 600 words, week 6): the essay will assess learning outcomes 11.2-3, 11.6 and 12.2-3, 12.6. The essay titles will be related to some of the cultural and socio-linguistic Spanish and Spanish American issues studied in the module.

  • Reading Comprehension (6%, 400 words, week 4): the reading comprehension will assess learning outcomes 11.3 and12.2.

  • Portfolio (6%, 400 words, week 8): the portfolio will assess learning outcomes 11.2-3, 11.6-11.7 and 12.2-4, 12.6.

  • All the assignments for this module will be written in Spanish.



  1. Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space

The language seminars and oral classes are taught by Hispanic Studies Staff and part-time language teachers. Use of Media Lab for self-study, no extra resources required for the library.

  1. The School recognises and has embedded the expectations of current disability equality legislation, and supports students with a declared disability or special educational need in its teaching. Within this module we will make reasonable adjustments wherever necessary, including additional or substitute materials, teaching modes or assessment methods for students who have declared and discussed their learning support needs. Arrangements for students with declared disabilities will be made on an individual basis, in consultation with the University’s disability/dyslexia support service, and specialist support will be provided where needed.



  1. Campus(es) or Centre(s) where module will be delivered:

Canterbury

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