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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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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 is to increase the students´ proficiency in their target language, consolidating linguistic structures, expanding their awareness of communicative functions and broadening their vocabulary range. Moreover, it will provide students with sociocultural knowledge needed to understand contemporary issues in Spanish-speaking countries. The module is conducted entirely through Spanish and students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as spontaneous interaction in the target language. SP297 will also nurture the improvement of a range of transferable skills and lifelong language learning strategies such as collaborative work, creativity, critical thinking and digital literacies through a variety of activities and assignments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand, synthesize and report, orally and/or in writing, the main arguments from a variety of authentic multimodal documents on a range of general topics.
2. Show knowledge and control of the language to provide detailed descriptions, formulate opinions and develop arguments without much conspicuous searching for words and using some complex sentence forms.
3. Produce content in a clear and coherent manner with a sufficient variety of cohesive resources.
4. Communicate orally showing control of the Spanish phonetic system, different intonation patterns and with a degree of fluency and dynamism in both pre-planned and spontaneous interactions.
5. Develop the students’ language and cultural awareness, competences and strategies while critically reflecting on their learning process.
6. Apply digital literacies to make an effective use of technologies and resources for the purpose of language learning and the development of creative skills.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars42These 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 learning22Autonomous completion of prescribed work. Preparation 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 facilitate and foster their language acquisition.
Independent Study146Students are expected to take responsibility and work independently in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course:, 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.
Assignment Completion40CA preparation and completion.
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

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 functions and grammar elements according to the required level (ie. express hypothesis, give advice, establish conditions, etc); ii) Vocabulary related to news, social media, tourism, sustainability, sports, traditions, feelings, cities, social groups and lifestyles, etc; iii) Sociocultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries ; iv) Study of online authentic resources; v) Creation of contents individually and in groups; and, vi) Self-assessment and reflection on the learning process. Students will perform individual and collaborative tasks to develop their confidence and competence in spoken and written production as well as spontaneous interaction in the target language. They will work on the use of grammar and vocabulary in context and explore essential notions about the target cultures as they arise in the context of the selected themes. Students will be guided in the development of life-long learning strategies and they will be expected to look for Spanish language and culture learning opportunities beyond the synchronous sessions, actively engage in these activities and self-reflect on their learning process using the target language. This module is organised around weekly timetabled synchronous meetings in which students both as a class and in small groups will engage in communicative practice. Specific individual and group activities are required to be completed in a timely fashion before the weekly meeting to maximize learning during the session and after the session to consolidate and elaborate on the material covered in class.

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

  • Corpas, Jaime; Garmendia, Agustín; Sánchez, Nuria; Soriano, Carmen: 0, Aula internacional 4 B2.1 Nueva Edición, Libro del Alumno, Difusión, 9788415620853
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