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SPAN9904 Spanish Language stage 6 (RA OutLang)

Module Overview

This module is taken during semesters 1 and 2 of the year abroad in the RA country (where the language is NOT spoken). It complements the language learning module(s) taken at the host university. Therefore the total number of ECTS (language stage 6) taken by the student during the year abroad equals 15, as for students taking this stage at Southampton.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language module 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 module 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 this stage is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels C1/2 of the Common European Framework and Level 4 of the National Language Standards.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand with relative ease in most situations and registers, including the media and specialist areas within the aims of the module
  • Write coherent, cohesive and accurate texts where errors and infelicities do not compromise the communicative effectiveness of the writing.
  • Translate written and spoken texts in a variety of genres from TL into English, maintaining the content and reproduce the style.
  • Be a skilled and independent language learner in that you make proficient use of a full range of reference tools, that you access and learn from all available TL media, and that you set appropriate learning goals and monitor your progress.
  • Use all available linguistic and para-linguistic data (e.g. TV, corpora, interview data, body language) to refine your knowledge and understanding of the variations in the meaning and use of the language.
  • Use the language creatively to play with meaning or to provide paraphrases in situations where the appropriate word is not known.
  • Use contextual factors to infer probable meanings in situations where communication is difficult.
  • Handle most encounters requiring a range of strategies, including being vague or evasive when the situation demands it.
  • Be familiar with certain non-standard forms of the language and be able to use them in ways that are situationally appropriate.
  • Produce with accuracy all TL phonemes and phoneme sequences.
  • Be aware of the situational and cultural constraints on language use, including the principles governing the use of polite forms, the norms of conversation and phatic communion, and how form and use varies across genres.
  • Understand most of the implications and intentions, including humour and irony, of spoken language delivered in a range of accents and registers and at any speed
  • Be familiar with the way in which tone, stress, and intonation affect the exchange of meaning.
  • Be aware of how rhetorical patterns differ from those in similar genres in your first language.
  • Be familiar with the major cultural groupings of users of the language and of its major varieties.
  • Be aware of how language use varies between social groups and of the acceptability of different usage.
  • Understand cultural allusions where knowledge is assumed rather than provided.
  • Possess a confirmed knowledge of most aspects of the TL culture
  • Understand with relative ease texts in most registers, with recourse to reference materials for specialised and unfamiliar topics
  • Understand with ease the main ideas and detail and recognise the implications and intentions of authentic texts in a wide variety of genres (including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex and humorous/ironic texts).
  • Engage with ease in interaction on complex and abstract topics using a range of grammatical structures, vocabulary and discourse markers
  • Employ mostly appropriate and effective strategies in managing linguistically and/or culturally complex interactions, including informal conversation and some difficult encounters.
  • Introduce and present complex and unfamiliar topics effectively and with precision in an appropriate style with the help of audio-visual aids.
  • Give coherent and detailed arguments and explanations and justify them effectively in general discussion
  • Write clearly in a range of appropriate styles on complex topics in a range of genres. Express arguments and conclusions.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • the ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team
  • mediating skills, qualities of empathy
  • self-reliance, initiative, adaptability and flexibility
  • intercultural competence.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use and present material in the target language and one's own language
  • in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
  • work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management
  • take accurate and effective notes and summarise material
  • research effectively in libraries and handle bibliographic information
  • use target language source materials appropriately
  • write and think under pressure and meet deadlines
  • access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies appropriately.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
  • engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products
  • reflect critically and make judgements in the light of evidence and argument
  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking
  • develop problem-solving skills.

Syllabus

This Stage develops linguistic proficiency by focusing on wide range of texts (both written and spoken) relevant to the target language culture(s). These texts will provide a framework for developing sophisticated language forms and uses. Authentic print and multiple media material covering a variety of styles, registers and genres, together with the most suitable grammar book available, will be used. Most inadequacies in your linguistic proficiency will be remedied through online and Skype discussion with the tutor, who will refer you to self-access material relevant to your particular needs available in the relevant resources area and help you to develop an individual learning programme.

Special Features

This module is taken at a distance in a country where the language is NOT spoken. It is designed to support language development throughout the year and to provide regular assessment of language competence, reflecting the in-house model. In the situation where you decide to exit the MLANG degree programme at the end of the study abroad placement, you will have been deemed to have met the language requirements of the relevant BA level 6 programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

ndependent learning You will be expected to spend time studying independently. You will draw on local L2 resources and we will provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this Stage, you will consolidate your learning in the target language, you will be expected to submit regular formative work (typically once a fortnight), you will also write assignments, undertake projects and continue to develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

TypeHours
Independent Study138
Teaching12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 40%
Coursework  (1500 words) 20%
Coursework  (1500 words) 20%
Examination 10%
Examination 10%

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: LANG2011 Languages For Academic Study 2016-17

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