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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module, delivered in Spanish, is to increase the students' proficiency in their target language, addressing fluency and accuracy, and increasing their vocabulary range, whilst conferring them with the necessary sociocultural knowledge needed to understand contemporary issues of importance in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. The students will work with authentic sources (texts, audios, videos, etc.) in the target language and will have to use different registers to complete assignments in both written and oral production. Self-reflection is fostered in order to promote independent learning. The module also encourages the development of transferable skills, such as collaborative work, communication, digital literacy and online etiquette.

Learning Outcomes

1. Extract and summarise, orally and/or in writing, the main arguments from authentic multimodal documents on a range of general topics.
2. Successfully fulfilling specific tasks, identifying different language registers and demonstrating an appreciation of perspectives other than the students’ own worldview in intercultural encounters.
3. Write texts and short essays on a range of general subjects related to cultural topics, and express their own point of view, describing experiences, and future plans in a cohesive and coherent manner.
4. Develop the students’ language awareness, competences and strategies while critically reflecting on their learning process, through individual and group work.
5. Work in groups and adequately research and summarise information using the appropriate digital tools, being able to contribute to online discussions in diverse ways and maintaining an adequate online etiquette and showing a good level of digital literacy.
6. Show grammatical control in both written and oral expression, with occasional errors that do not hinder comprehension.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study120Students are expected to take responsibility and work independently in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course: CA preparation and completion, 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.
Lecture16These 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 learning114Preparation for the synchronous sessions is essential in order to successfully engage and follow the class; this includes reading/watching the required materials before the session and completing any assigned activities. Students are expected to engage autonomously in activities that will foster their language acquisition.
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

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
The module focuses on general knowledge about Spanish culture and society through the consolidation of oral and written language skills, with a stress on: i) Language and grammar elements according to the required level; ii) Vocabulary related to politics, history, media, leisure, tourism, sports, traditions, feelings, cities, education, social groups and structures, etc; iii) Sociocultural aspects of Spain; iv) Study of online authentic resources; v) Creation of contents individually and in groups; and, vi) Self-assessment and reflection on the learning process.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
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Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Textbook: Corpas, Jaime; Garmendia, Agustín; Sánchez, Nuria; Soriano, Carmen: 2014, Aula Internacional 4 Nueva Edición, with access to Campus Difusion,
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