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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Language and Culture 4 (A2.2)
Module Code SP3004
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Juan Pablo Auñón
Semester 2: Juan Pablo Auñón
Autumn: Juan Pablo Auñón
Module TeachersJuan Pablo Auñón
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed for elementary users of Spanish. Students will consolidate some of the essential aspects of the Spanish Language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Throughout the year, students will enhance their communication skills in their target language by performing individual and collaborative tasks. Students will develop their ability and competence in spoken production and basic oral interaction in the target language while also establishing solid listening and writing skills. Students will develop skills that will help them understand and critically evaluate information about Hispanic-speaking culture and produce spoken and written texts directed to both Irish and Spanish-speaking audiences. Lifelong learning strategies will also be developed to support language learning.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the overall meaning of short texts from a variety of simple texts dealing with everyday topics (e.g lifestyle, hobbies, sports, weather, cultural events),being able to derive the probable meaning of unknown words/signs from the context.
2. Demonstrate effective oral skills in a range of social situations (e.g presentation or description of people, living or working conditions, daily routines and basic past activities and personal experiences).
3. Produce short texts, linked with simple connectors, on matters of personal relevance e.g. write short basic descriptions of events, activities and personal experiences using present and past simple. Also, engage in basic social communication online for example in chats and forums of personal relevance.
4. Demonstrate control 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 Spanish-speaking countries.
6. Use IT skills to access language specific-resources (life-long learning) to be able to reflect on your own learning path to support your future progression in the language, as well as employability.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Class contact hours
Independent Study33Autonomous learning outside the classroom, aiming to foster students' language and cultural competence. For example, participation in the activities organised in the Languaculture Space.
Assignment Completion25Completion of prescribed homework and assigments required to monitor the progress of the student.
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, creation, and final submission of the portfolio.
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationAttendance to at least 50% of seminars.10%n/a
Performance evaluationLanguage skills, intercultural and communicative competence evaluation.40%n/a
PortfolioProgress is based on the completion of a learning portfolio to show evidence of independent learning and successful achievement of the learning outcomes.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 2
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