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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Intermediate Spanish Language Skills 3
Module Code SP213
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Semester 2: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Autumn: Ana Maria Diaz Perez
Module TeachersAna Maria Diaz Perez
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module, taught entirely through Spanish, aims to develop students’ language competence and fluency in written and spoken production at an intermediate level. Students will encounter a variety of literary and non-literary texts as well as a range of audio-visual sources in order to develop reading and listening comprehension. Awareness and knowledge of culture and society in Spanish-speaking countries are further consolidated. Moreover, teamwork and oral presentation skills are practised throughout the semester.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand main points from authentic textual and audio-visual sources in Spanish on selected topics.
2. Express him-/herself coherently in simple writing on both familiar topics and some beyond his/her immediate personal experience, and show awareness of some text type conventions, such as personal email, blog entry, news article etc.
3. Communicate reasonably fluently orally on both familiar topics and some beyond their immediate personal experience, such as societal developments and cultural production in the Spanish-speaking countries, and to express own points of view. Draw on relevant and appropriate vocabulary to express him-/herself on topics concerning Spanish-speaking culture, popular culture, and related topics with some circumlocutions.
4. Demonstrate a good understanding of intermediate language and structures in order to communicate efficiently in a variety of contexts.
5. Make effective use of digital tools and resources for language learning and language use (spoken and written), including searching and retrieving relevant and reliable information.

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
In Class TestAudio-visual comprehension and Written Production (Mid-semester)50%n/a
PresentationPresentation and Interaction (End of the 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: 2014, Aula internacional 3 Nueva edición – Libro del alumno, Difusión, 9788415640110
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