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This subject equips students with more sophisticated language and intercultural skills to be able to express and situate themselves within a wider socio-cultural context, in Spanish. Writing strategies, such as editing, summarizing ideas and making writing persuasive will prepare students to produce, by the end of the semester, a number of texts, such as summaries and essays, in the past tense and focused on describing personal experience. Students will also learn to converse about the self in a variety of situations that progressively, throughout the semester, become increasingly less personal and more related to the world around them. Important cultural information about consumer culture, intimate relationships and working life in the Hispanic World will support students in communicating appropriately in this context. Students engage with authentic materials such as songs, film, social media and short written texts as part of group project work designed both to develop an appreciation of the wide range of identities that make up the Hispanic World and to further develop their reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. Students continue to be exposed to the diversity of the Hispanic World in this course and to critically reflect on their own awareness and understanding of the cultural identities of the Hispanic World.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have a basic vocabulary relating to the self and wider social context;
- be able to conduct conversations in Spanish about the self and society;
- be able to produce written descriptive texts about the self and society in Spanish in the past;
- have a good understanding of the different cultural identities that make up the Hispanic World;
- be knowledgeable about Hispanic cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate diversity;
- be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
- have developed a differentiated and informed understanding of self and others and of cross-cultural exchange;
- be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity;
- have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organizing workloads;
- have developed analytical skills, learning strategies and the ability to process, organise and integrate information;
- have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical context.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed their intercultural skills;
- have developed their analytical thinking and interpretative skills;
- have an ability to appreciate different cultural contexts present in the Hispanic World;
- have developed their time management and planning skills.
Last updated: 4 August 2020