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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Language and Culture 9 (B2.2)
Module Code SP3009
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

This module, taught entirely through Spanish, aims to develop students’ language competence and fluency in written and spoken production to an upper-intermediate level. Students will encounter a variety of multimodal activities in order to develop digital literacy and a variety of cognitive abilities like critical thinking and persuasive discourse in a variety of communicative contexts. Teaching materials and content draws from B.2.1 level CEFR.

Learning Outcomes

1. Undertand the main reasons for and against an argument or idea in a discussion from a recorded or broadcast audio material on topics of personal interest delivered in clear standard speech.
2. Communicate clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to the student´s field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples.
3. Produce a clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to the student field of interest, being able to evaluate information and arguments from a number of sources. Increased knowledge of text type conventions and sociolinguistic appropriateness in a variety of texts such as personal emails, online interactions, reports etc.
4. Applied the knowledge acquired of intermediate language and structures to communicate efficiently in different situations, being able to give clear descriptions, express viewpoints, and develop arguments without much effort of searching for words, using simple language structures and some complex grammatical forms, although the use of a complex structure may present some inaccuracy.
5. Identify differences in sociolinguistic and cultural conventions to be able to negotiate mutual understanding between the target culture and your own culture.
6. Make effective use of digital technologies to support self-regulated learning processes, i.e. to monitor and reflect on student own learning, providing evidence of progress.

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 assignments required to monitor the progress of the student
Portfolio Preparation45Creation, preparation and submission of a learning 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
PortfolioProgress is evaluated 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 seminars10%n/a
Group project Participation and engagement in a group project40%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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