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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is delivered entirely in Spanish and aims to consolidate students' language competence and fluency with particular emphasis on the quality of spoken production. Reading comprehension and written skills are also reinforced through exposure to a variety of text types, including online language resources. Awareness of knowledge of key cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries is also increased.

Learning Outcomes

1. Engage with multimodal texts dealing with familiar and contemporary topics to find reliable information, and to understand the main idea and other significant details.
2. Produce cohesive texts (creative, factual, formal, informal, etc.) in Spanish on personal, social and cultural themes with accurate use of Spanish grammar and theme-specific vocabulary.
3. Communicate orally using simple interconnected sentences in both pre-planned and spontaneous situations being able to describe, narrate and formulate opinions.
4. Apply knowledge and control of the language system by completing a number of tasks at text and sentence level.
5. Demonstrate evidence of reflective thinking and intercultural awareness on the tasks carried out individually or as part of a working group.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, creation and final submission of the E-portfolio on Loop Reflect for assignment.
Seminars22Class contact hours (on-line or face to face).
Independent Study33Autonomously learning outside the classroom that will foster their language competence. For example, participation in activities with Language Cultural Space.
Directed learning25Completion of prescribed homework required before the class.
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

Teaching materials
A good range of multimodal and printed teaching materials will be available each week to meet the needs of the students taking into account the different learning styles The module is structed around 4 thematic blocks (Identity, cultural heritage, experiences, generational differences.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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
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