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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Language 2(Beginners)
Module Code SP108
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Cris Guntin
Semester 2: Cris Guntin
Autumn: Cris Guntin
Module TeachersCris Guntin
Ana Maria Diaz Perez
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

SP108 is predominantly conducted through Spanish and it is offered to beginner students who have already completed the course content of Spanish Language 1. The purpose of this module is to consolidate and develop further students’ language and cultural competence with particular emphasis on honing productive skills. It will build up on the basic foundations acquired previously to allow students to communicate in a wider range of daily life topics and to relate events from the past. Throughout the semester, students will perform individual and collaborative work to enhance their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as interaction in the target language. Students will be guided in the development of life-long learning strategies and they will be expected to look for Spanish language and culture learning opportunities during their independent learning time, actively engage in these activities and report on them using the target language. In doing so, the module will also nurture the development of a range of transferable and life-long learning skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding, orally or in writing, of sentences, frequently used expressions and short messages concerning everyday situations and past events and experiences (e.g. personal and family information, home and neighbourhood, routines, leisure, shopping, etc.)
2. Draw on lexical and grammatical features of the target language at beginners level to interact orally or in writing.
3. Describe in simple terms aspects pertaining everyday life (present and past) using phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors (e.g. and, but, because, etc)
4. Produce sentences that are largely orthographically correct.
5. Communicate orally in simple routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
6. Demonstrate the acquisition of life-long learning strategies that will allow the student to further develop independently her/his Spanish language and culture competence.
7. Make effective use of digital tools and resources for language learning and language use.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22These synchronous timetabled sessions are interactive and learner-centered. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussion with individual contributions to whole-class and small group discussions.
Directed learning44Preparation for the synchronous sessions is essential in order to successfully engage and follow the class; this includes reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned homework.
Independent Study144Students are expected to take responsibility and work independently in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course: self-planned interaction with fellow students to complete collaborative tasks, study of the subject matter using textbooks and online learning resources/tools, revision of content and feedback, consultation with teachers when needed, keeping up to date with course information and communications, etc.
Assignment Completion40CA preparation and completion.
Total Workload: 250

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

Students will engage in a variety of comprehension, production and interaction activities, both individually and collaboratively to develop their proficiency in the target language. Students will work on the use of grammar and vocabulary in context and explore essential notions about the target cultures as they arise in the context of the selected themes. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own language learning by looking for language learning opportunities and engaging in language practice beyond the synchronous sessions. This module is organised around weekly timetabled synchronous meetings in which students both as a class and in small groups will engage in communicative practice. Specific individual and group activities are required to be completed in a timely fashion before the weekly meeting to maximize learning during the session and after the session to consolidate and elaborate on the material covered in class.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationActivity report10%n/a
Written Examn/a45%n/a
Oral Examinationn/a45%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,Eva García,Augustín Garmendia: 0, Aula internacional Plus 1 – Libro del alumno,, Difusión, 9788418032189
  • Teresa Alonso Cortés, Marina Rabadan Gómez: 0, Aula Internacional 1 Nueva Edicion Complemento de Gramatica Y Vocabulario Para Hablantes de Ingles, Difusión, Barcelona, 9788415846888
  • Rosario Alonso Raya: 0, Gramática básica del estudiante de español., 9788484432258
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