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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Language 4 (Intermediate)
Module Code SP140
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Semester 2: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Autumn: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Module TeachersElena Lopez
Alicia Castillo Villanueva
Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Maria Del Carmen Lopez Cara
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
100% Re-sit examination

This module is conducted predominantly through Spanish. Throughout the course, students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to build on students’ existing knowledge of Spanish at an intermediate level, emphasising intercultural competence, oral and written skills. It seeks to develop students’ ability to function effectively across cultures, think and act appropriately, and communicate and work with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes

1. Show intercultural awareness by contrasting cultural behaviours and values.
2. Demonstrate ability to function efficiently across cultures, communicating and acting appropriately in different intercultural activities.
3. Communicate orally on personal opinions and cultural topics using suitable language registers and structures within a good degree of correctness and fluency.
4. Participate in intercultural group discussions adequately.
5. Express him/herself coherently in writing on both familiar topics and some beyond his/her personal experience, and show awareness of some text type conventions, such as personal email, blog entry, news article, etc.
6. Prepare, discuss and deliver interactively several collaborative multimodal productions in the target language using lexical and grammatical features that are adequate to express thoughts about cultural topics and to describe experiences, feelings and events in some detail.
7. Reflect on his/her learning experience, language skills and intercultural competence development.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Students are expected to attend and contribute to all sessions, actively participating in class discussions with individual contributions to whole-class and small group discussions.
Group work33Students will engage in several collaborative/ telecollaborative activities designed to develop intercultural competence and autonomous language use.
Independent Study45Reading/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.).
Assignment Completion25Preparation 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

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
The course is conducted predominantly in Spanish. Tasks include the development of the student’s intercultural competence, critical thinking and the ability to express opinions through spoken and written interaction. The classroom sessions are interactive and learner-centered. Students will work on individual and collaborative tasks. These can include but are not limited to: role-plays, interviews, mini-dialogues, cultural exercises, etc. In this module, students will also enhance their capacity to reflect on their learning experience and outcomes to become ‘better’ language learners. Students will engage in group or peer projects designed to foster intercultural competence development and autonomous language use. Support materials and independent learning activities will assist them in further developing their language skills. Students are expected to attend and contribute to all sessions. The material used in this module corresponds to the Intermediate level from the Common European Framework of Reference.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationTelecollaborative Activities. (Throughout the semester)20%n/a
In Class TestWritten Production. In-Class Test. (Mid-semester)40%n/a
Oral ExaminationGroup Presentation (End of the semester)40%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
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