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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Language and Culture 3 (A2.1)
Module Code SP3003
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Juan Pablo Auñón
Semester 2: Juan Pablo Auñón
Autumn: Juan Pablo Auñón
Module TeachersElena Lopez
Juan Pablo Auñón
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module is designed for elementary users of Spanish and it will consolidate some of the essential aspects of the Spanish language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The module will enable students to describe, narrate and carry out simple tasks in Spanish in order to satisfy concrete needs e.g. compare and value places to live and work, talk about past experiences, organise a travel route for a set group among others. The students will be introduced to some cultural differences in relation to these topics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Extract information from a variety of basic authentic written texts that contain the most frequently used vocabulary and increasingly complex syntax, for example, what is happening in a photo story (e.g. in lifestyle magazine) and form an impression of what the characters are like.
2. Demonstrate effective oral skills in a range of social situations such as talking about your daily life, skills and past experiences.
3. Produce short texts on matters of personal relevance e.g. write short basic descriptions of events, activities and personal experiences using present and past. Also, engage in basic social communication online (e.g. sharing news and making/confirming arrangements to meet).
4. Demonstrate awareness of basic structures of the language as well as increasingly complex grammatical structures (e.g. word order in main and subordinate clauses, the use of genders and cases, adjectival endings, verb tenses).
5. Continue identifying economic, social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland and Hispanic-speaking countries.
6. Use IT skills in Spanish to access language-specific resources (Life-long learning) to be able to reflect on your own learning path in your future progression in Spanish.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Class contact hours
Independent Study33Autonomously learning outside the classroom to foster student's language competence. For example participation in activities in the LanguaCulture Space or the use of adequate online resources that support language learning.
Assignment Completion25Completion of prescribed homework and assignments required to monitor the progress of the student.
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, creation, design and final submission of the E-Portfolio (E-Reflect) in Loop for assessment to show evidence of autonomous learning and directed learning.
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
By the end of the module you will be able to communicate using the present and past tense in a number of topics, for example, to talk about different type of houses, neighbourghoods, and present and past events.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioProgress based on the completion of a learning portfolio to provide evidence of independent learning and successful achievement of the learning outcomes.50%n/a
ParticipationAttendance to at least 50% of the seminars.10%n/a
Performance evaluationLanguage skills, intercultural and communicative competence evaluation.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 2
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