Module code: SPA3022

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MENENDEZ-LOPEZ MM Miss (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation ORAL EXAMINATION 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is taught in the target language in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 6. 

Module aims

To build on and develop language skills acquired at Levels 4 and 5 and on PTY.

To enable students to communicate fluently and accurately in speech and in writing, and to use the target language appropriately in a range of contexts.

To be able to synthesise, summarise and present an informed opinion on topical issues, both in speech and in writing, in the target language.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand and use with confidence advanced grammatical/ syntactical structures in Spanish KCPT
2 Express their informed opinions on topical issues with a high degree of fluency, using accurate and appropriate Spanish KCPT
3 Participate in informed debate and discussion in the target language with ease and confidence KCPT
4 Write in accurate and appropriate Spanish on topical issues . KCPT
5 Undertake research and produce a synthesis of information on a given topic KCPT
6 Write a coherent and cohesive summary in accurate and appropriate Spanish of information provided through a range of media KCPT
7 Recognise and understand cultural differences in approaches to topical issues KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Academic writing, tailored to dissertation:
Advanced grammar
Research skills
Focus on contemporary issues, linking to modules in L4 and 5
Connects to modules in L4 and 5 (Contemporary I and II)
Topics to be decided in advance, but could change each year depending on current issues, and subjects of dissertations.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.
Develop communication skills through interactions in class.



The learning and teaching methods include:


Two contact hours per week over Semester 1.
Classes will include interactive seminars;
Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow and participate in seminars.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Ability to use the language effectively under pressure;
Subject-specific knowledge of Spanish language in a professional and academic environment.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

12-15 minute oral examination: Takes the form of an assessment-centre type exercise, in which students are given a text 40 minutes before the scheduled exam, and are asked to analyse it.
Two hour exam. Students answer two questions, in Spanish, on topics covered in the module. Assesses ability to write accurate and appropriate Spanish, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of topics covered. Could include summary writing, synthesis and text analysis.


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
The oral exam exercise will be practised at intervals throughout the module, with opportunities for peer- and self-review, as well as feedback from the module leader.
The written exercise will be practised through peer-review of homework at intervals.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.


Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (German and Spanish) BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.