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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Spanish Language and Culture 1 (Ex Beginners)
Module Code SP298
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Cris Guntin
Semester 2: Cris Guntin
Autumn: Cris Guntin
Module TeachersCris Guntin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to foster students' interest in and curiosity for both the Spanish language and culture. It is conducted entirely through the target language and pitched at intermediate level. Students will increase their language awareness and develop their communicative competence in Spanish through analysis of a wide range of linguistic structures and functions. The module's focus on social and cultural themes exposes students to a variety of text types, registers, media and viewpoints and consolidates productive, receptive, interactive and intercultural skills. The module builds learners' confidence in the accurate use of specific linguistic features and also assists learners in the effective setting of learning goals, planning of learning, learner autonomy and time management.

Learning Outcomes

1. Engage with multimodal texts dealing with familiar and contemporary topics to find/understand relevant information such as the main idea and other significant details.
2. Produce cohesive written texts (creative, factual, formal, informal, etc.) in Spanish on personal, social and cultural themes with accurate use of Spanish grammar and theme-specific vocabulary.
3. Communicate orally using simple interconnected sentences in both pre-planned and spontaneous situations being able to describe, narrate and formulate opinions.
4. Apply knowledge and control of the language system by completing a number of tasks at text and sentence level.
5. Demonstrate reflective and critical thinking and intercultural awareness on the tasks carried out individually or as part of a working group.
6. Make effective use of digital tools and resources for the purpose of language learning and the development of creative skills.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars42These 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 learning22Preparation for class sessions is essential for the success of this class. This includes reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned activities.
Independent Study136Students should engage autonomously in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course:, self-planned interaction with classmates 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 announcements, etc.
Assignment Completion50CA 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

This module will involve a combination of synchronous meetings and asynchronous activities 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 manner to maximize learning and to consolidate and elaborate on the material covered.

Language and cultural content
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.

Work format
Coursework involves individual and pair/group work to complete comprehension, production and interaction tasks. Students will need to communicate with classmates in order to complete group tasks and assignments.

Beyond the classroom
Students are expected to take responsibility for their own language learning by looking for language learning opportunities and engaging in language practice outside the class.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationSuccessful completion of activities and homework (Throughout sem 1 & 2)10%n/a
EssayWritten activity (End of sem 1)30%n/a
In Class TestVocabulary and grammar test (Mid sem 2)30%n/a
Oral Examination(End of sem 2)30%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: 0, Aula internacional 3 Nueva edición – Libro del alumno, Difusión, 9788415640110
  • Rosario Alonso Raya ... [et al.]: 0, Gramática básica del estudiante de español., Difusión, Barcelona, 9788484437260
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