ML4007 - Spanish Communication Skills 1(B)

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What will I learn on this module?

You will continue to explore grammatical, syntactical, morphological and semantic structures in Spanish in this module by means of a combination of interactive language seminars, multi-media language laboratory workshops and directed study focusing on listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as cultural, economic and socio-political issues in modern Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. You will continue to study authentic, contemporary texts (in English & Spanish) and make use of academic sources (aural and written) as you develop your research skills and explore materials on cultural, economic and socio-political issues in modern Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. You will start to develop knowledge of the Spanish language by engaging with grammatical and structural awareness and accuracy; you will also continue to develop your grasp of the applied language relevant to Spanish Area Studies, culture and business environments in the Spanish-speaking world. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate information from a range of academic and authentic sources and you will continue to develop the skills of synthesising and organising information. You will enhance your familiarity with Information Technology relevant to the acquisition and exploitation of your foreign language skills in a research-informed, global context where your Spanish language skills will empower you and open the doors to understanding the Spanish-speaking world in a wider global context.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend interactive and engaging language seminars and workshops and also be supported by academic tutorials by arrangement. In addition to written, oral and aural sources, other media 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 cultural, economic and socio-political issues that are relevant today in modern Spain and Spanish-speaking countries and the recent historical events that have shaped Spanish 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?

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 seminar materials and revision/ preparation for the assessments/ examinations. Throughout the semester you will receive individual attention from your tutors and you will receive guidance on how to approach your assessments/ examinations. You will attend and engage in interactive seminars and workshops to share your ideas and questions with your tutor and fellow students. You will be supported in finding your own voice in the midst of linguistic and cultural materials. You will be encouraged to gain a solid understanding of the issues discussed. Your tutors will be happy to discuss your ideas in the light of your interests, informed by their own teaching and research profiles.

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:

What will I be expected to achieve?

What will I be expected to achieve?
(SRS 0005)
Knowledge & Understanding:

• You will develop a level of proficiency in Spanish appropriate to second semester HE ab initio level study (MLO1).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• You will gain enhanced understanding of issues relevant to the study of Spanish and modern Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. Your fluency and aural comprehension skills will be enhanced as you develop your written and oral communication skills by adapting and applying language in authentic contexts (MLO2).
• You will increase your confidence and with enhanced accuracy to a range of language, understanding and applying a range of applied terminology, vocabulary and grammar (MLO3).
• You will synthesise and organise information from a range of authentic and academic sources (MLO4).

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

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed? (SRS 0006)
Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.

25% Written portfolio (continuous assessment)
25% Translation into English (exam)
25% Aural Comprehension (exam)
25% Oral presentation (exam)

All MLOs are assessed by each component

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 portfolio, aural comprehension, translation and oral presentation will test different skills, including oral communication, research skills and the depth of your background knowledge and critical perspectives.

Formative assessment will be an ongoing feature of the module. You will be encouraged to deliver informal, short presentations during some of the seminar hours. You will present your preliminary ideas to the class in a friendly and constructive environment, in order to receive feedback from both your fellow students and your lecturers.

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





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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 or September 2021

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