ML4004 - Spanish Core Language 1(A)

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What will I learn on this module?

You will develop four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) as you learn about Spain and Latin America. You will be exposed throughout the module to a wide range of business, economic, socio-political and cultural issues in Spain and Latin America in order to deepen your knowledge of the country. You will then use the four skills to engage with those issues. For the writing skills you will consolidate grammatical, syntactical, morphological and semantic structures in Spanish. You will delve deep into Spanish grammar and writing style, which will enable you to feel more confident about writing high-quality essays. For the reading skill you will widen your vocabulary base through being exposed to vocabulary drawn from authentic texts dealing with contemporary issues, which you will study and translate. You will enhance your listening skills, as well as acquire further vocabulary using ICT in the multi-media language laboratories. Finally, you will further enhance your vocabulary through tackling contemporary issues orally and be engaged in lively debates about them. The range of vocabulary and knowledge you will acquire, combined with your enhanced grasp of Spanish grammar, will enable you to engage with a wide range of academic sources related to contemporary Spain and Latin America, which you will analyse and synthesise.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend interactive and engaging language seminars and also be supported by academic tutorials by arrangement. In addition to written, oral and aural sources, other academic media and ICT will be used in order to build your knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and your Spanish language skills in parallel. As a result, you will gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary business, economic, socio-political and cultural issues that are relevant in Spain and Latin America and the recent historical events which have shaped Spanish and Latin American society and culture. You will also be required to undertake directed and independent study, and you will be given weekly preparation guidelines to actively engage in informed discussions in seminar groups. Materials used in this module will be made available to you by your tutors and on the eLearning Portal.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutors who can be contacted in class, by email and in their regular tutorial slots. You will be supported in finding your own voice in the midst of linguistic and cultural materials. Your tutors will be happy to discuss your ideas in the light of your interests, your curiosity and their own teaching and research profiles. Your tutors will also give you formative feedback, both orally in class and written feedback on the various tasks you will be asked to submit. You will receive individual attention from your course tutors and you will receive guidance on how to approach your assessments/ examinations. Support materials will also be provided via Blackboard. You will also receive support from your peers in the classroom.

Your directed learning will take the form of preparation for seminars (including reading, translation and presentation preparation and rehearsal) either individually or in small groups. Your independent learning will take the form of further directed reading and listening, investigating relevant materials and sources. Your independent learning will also entail the consolidation of lecture and seminar materials and revision/ preparation for the assessments/ examinations.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• You will demonstrate a level of proficiency in Spanish appropriate to one semester’s post 'A' level study (MLO1).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• You will gain a solid understanding of issues relevant to the study of the Spanish language and Spain and Latin America and you will be able to apply your enhanced language skills to engage with these issues (MLO2).
• You will respond confidently and with enhanced accuracy to a range of language and apply a range of terminology, vocabulary and grammar. (MLO3).
• You will be able to synthesise and organise information from a range of authentic and academic sources (MLO4).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will develop a solid understanding of issues, cultural awareness and inter-cultural communication from a Spanish and Latin American perspective (MLO5).

How will I be assessed?

30% Reading Comprehension (exam)
(ML02, ML04, ML05)
30% Grammar (continuous assessment) (ML01, ML03)
40% Aural Comprehension (exam)
(ML01, ML02, ML03, ML05)


Your assessment is designed to match the course aims and learning outcomes, encouraging you to build on seminar materials with the support of your tutors.

The reading comprehension will test both your vocabulary and your understanding of Spain and Latin America. The grammar test will enable you to show your deep understanding of Spanish at a theoretical level, before applying it in the context of essay writing in your language module in semester two. The aural comprehension will test your listening skills, your vocabulary as well as your understanding of Spain and Latin America.


Formative assessment will be an ongoing feature of the module. Each week’s listening class involves a comprehension ‘test’ in order to enhance your listening skills, widen your vocabulary and deepen your understanding of Spain and Latin America. You will receive grammar exercises at the end of each grammar class in order to further your understanding. You will write one formative essay in order to apply your grammatical knowledge in context. You will be asked to do regular reading comprehension throughout the semester. You will be asked to do oral presentations in order to apply your newly expanded vocabulary base. These formative assessments will be both on paper and on-line.

Formative feedback will be directly relevant to all pieces of summative assessment.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code N1R4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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