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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Language Skills (Higher Intermediate)
Module Code SP376
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lucia Pintado
Semester 2: Lucia Pintado
Autumn: Lucia Pintado
Module TeachersLucia Pintado
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module, delivered in the target language, aims to develop all Spanish language skills at a higher intermediate level. Students will work on reception, production, interaction and mediation, developing their language and cultural awareness and applying language appropriately in formal and informal situations. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of contemporary Spanish-speaking countries and strengthen their cultural and societal awareness through research, discussion and critical analysis based on a range of authentic multimodal resources. Students will develop their oral, written and reading skills and their range of linguistic expression, accuracy and style to the required level, and will become fully autonomous language learners.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and extract information and opinions from a range of spoken and written material from a variety of sources including broadcast media, reports, documentaries, films, radio and academic articles.
2. Present ideas clearly and accurately through Spanish using complex structures, appropriate vocabulary, register and tone.
3. Interact with native and non-native speakers of Spanish with a degree of fluency and spontaneity taking active part in discussions in familiar contexts, and sustaining/negotiating their views.
4. Produce written pieces in a clear, well-structured manner, showing a high level of grammatical control, complex syntax, and cohesive devices.
5. Demonstrate the ability to use topic-specific vocabulary in Spanish using a broad lexical repertoire to express ideas with accuracy, developing awareness and control of the organisation of meaning.
6. Acquire knowledge and develop critical thinking on topics related to contemporary socio-cultural issues.
7. Develop resourcefulness: find new, creative and different ways of transmitting a message when a debate and a discussion take place.
8. Demonstrate research skills from an array of resources such as literature, media, and audiovisual material, including digital sources.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial44Contact hours, peer activities and/or consultation hours with the lecturer.
Fieldwork44Work on material in preparation for or as a follow-up of the class.
Independent Study62Completion of in-class work.
Assignment Completion50Preparation for the annotated bibliography, mediation task and oral exam.
Group work50Preparation with peers of classroom work, including presentation and activities.
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 is a task-based module conducted through Spanish and is delivered annually. All tasks lay emphasis on fluency, linguistic accuracy, pragmatic competence and critical analysis. Students will engage with linguistic, social, political and cultural issues in contemporary Spain and will analyse them within a global context. The tasks will be based on the presentation, discussion, research and critical analysis of a range of relevant authentic material: namely reports, literature, journalistic texts, media, and films. The class activities will provide students the necessary practice to improve their linguistic competences and transferable skills such as teamwork, communication skills and reflection on the learning process, guided by teacher and peer feedback.

This module will follow a flipped approach to instruction, it is therefore essential that students complete the assigned work before class in order to be able to participate in class discussions.

Work format
Coursework involves individual and pair/group work to complete oral and written tasks. Students will need to communicate with classmates during class as well as outside our timetabled sessions 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 of class.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentAnnotated bibliography in Spanish: students will select a list of citations to books, articles, reports and other documents. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph (usually 150-200 words), which comprises the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. This will help students to assess resources critically and prepare them for oral discussions.30%n/a
AssignmentMediation task. In this assignment students will engage in a series of mediation tasks which include multimodal material. The nature of the tasks focus on reflective, research, analytic, and linguistic skills. Students will be assessed on the final two tasks.30%n/a
Oral ExaminationOral examination where the student will have to work on a sustained dialogue and interact with the teacher(s) and/or their peers.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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