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SPAN9056 Spanish Language Stages 3 and 4 Accelerated

Module Overview

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the course aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken. Successful completion of Stage 4 is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels B2/C1 of the European Language Framework and Level 3 of the National Language Standards.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the course aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken. Learning outcomes Successful completion of Stage 4 is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels B2/C1 of the European Language Framework and Level 3 of the National Language Standards. As a competent language user at the end of this Stage, and after a notional 300 hours study time (class contact plus independent learning), you should have skills, knowledge and understanding in the following areas. These are expressed in terms of what you should know and/or be able to do by the end of the course. Please note, that you must have achieved an average of 60% in accelerated 1-2 in order to progress to accelerated 3-4.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Being proficient in and knowing how to learn a foreign language is a key skill in its own right
  • Learning, research and organisational skills
  • Communication skills: written, oral and C and IT
  • Intercultural and interpersonal skills

Syllabus

This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Much of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Open-access material will be available in the relevant resources area.

Special Features

Accelerated Courses are intensive in that students need to acquire vocabulary and grammatical features quickly. Students are helped to acquire those skills vital to becoming successful independent learners.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent learning You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the Stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the facilities in the Centre for Language Study Resources Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories and satellite TV, and self-access materials. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

TypeHours
Tutorial72
Follow-up work50
Completion of assessment task28
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Revision50
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time300

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the course, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include • what tasks you will be expected to carry out • clear criteria against which your work will be assessed • what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to your coordinator in good time.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (2 hours) 35%
Test 10%
Written exam  (2 hours) 15%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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