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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Intermediate Spanish Language Skills 1
Module Code SP103
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Semester 2: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Autumn: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Module TeachersElena Lopez
Ana Maria Diaz Perez
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is conducted predominantly through Spanish. Throughout the year, students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as interaction in the target language. They will develop skills that will help them source and critically evaluate information about Spanish-speaking cultures and produce spoken and written texts directed to a Spanish-speaking audience, as well as lifelong language learning strategies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Extract information from a range of different written materials such as newspapers and websites on familiar subjects, such as everyday life, university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc.
2. Understand announcements, instructions, and messages on concrete topics spoken in standard language at normal speed and retrieve relevant information from authentic audiovisual sources in Spanish on chosen topics.
3. Communicate orally and in an intelligible manner, on familiar topics related to his/her interests.
4. Show a good degree of grammatical control; draw on a sufficient vocabulary to express him/herself on most topics pertinent to his/her everyday life such as university life, interests, travel, current affairs, etc. and make only a few mistakes leading to misunderstanding.
5. Make effective use of digital tools and resources for language learning and language use (spoken and written) and engage in activities to develop capacity for lifelong learning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Students are expected to actively participate in class discussion with individual contribution to whole-class and small group discussions.
Independent Study40Reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned activities. Students are expected to engage autonomously in activities that will foster their language acquisition (through activity completion, group work outside the classroom etc.).
Directed learning40Completion of prescribed homework. Participation in oral and written activities on chosen topics and related tasks.
Assignment Completion23Preparation and submission of assignments.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The course is conducted through Spanish. Timetabled sessions are interactive and learner-centred. Students are expected to attend and contribute to all sessions. They are also expected to engage in language learning activities on a regular basis.

The syllabus focuses on increasing the language fluency and accuracy as well as covering a variety of cultural aspects through a range of tasks, class activities and projects.

Class activities
Students will be asked to work in pairs/groups and complete a variety of language assignments/tasks. These can include but are not limited to: role-plays, interviews, mini-dialogues, language and cultural quizzes, cloze-tests, grammar exercises, written and audiovisual comprehension exercises and presentations based on short specific projects.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationOral Assessment - Multimodal production (Mid-semester)50%n/a
In Class TestAudio-visual Comprehension and Written Production (End of semester)50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jaime Corpas,Agustín Garmendia,Carmen Soriano: 2013, Aula internacional 2 Nueva edición – Libro del alumno, Difusión., Difusion, 9788415640103
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Date of Last Revision01-FEB-12

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