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This subject enhances students’ language and intercultural skills in Spanish. At the end of this subject students will be able to communicate about the self and others through reading and writing personal stories and learning how to describe emotions, places and people. They will become confident conversing in everyday informal and a few formal situations. Students will also learn about the Spanish speaking world and Hispanic cultures through reading newspapers and watching the news from different Spanish speaking countries. They will be introduced to literary stories and histories (from short narratives and videos) across a variety of culturally and politically significant topics. By the end of the semester, students will be able to use a variety of structures and vocabulary in the Spanish language including present and past tenses.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to write simple letters, brief synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data, work and school experience;
- be able to identify situations in which the Hispanic cultures are represented to engage in analytical and critical dialogue;
- be able to understand different Iberian and Latin American varieties of Spanish language and cultural traditions in the Hispanic world;
- have developed a critical approach and understanding towards the stereotyping and exploitation of Spanish and Latin American icons;
- be aware of and increasingly familiar with the variety of histories, stories and traditions in the Hispanic World, differentiating between their unique cultural diversity;
- be able to maintain a casual conversation entirely in Spanish with a reasonable level of mutual comprehension;
- have learnt how to use organisational patterns and their most frequent discourse markers both in oral and written production;
- be able to produce increasingly coherent and cohesive discourse;
- be able to write a short narrative using a variety of simple verb tenses in Spanish accurately, with information from researched academic sources.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed oral and written intercultural communication skills;
- have achieve time management and work planning skills;
- have developed analytical and critical skills;
- have improved research skills;
- have enhanced information literacy skills;
- be able to reflect on second-language learning as a personal challenge;
- be able to identify and describe any perceived learning difficulty;
- be able to name and describe texts and genres in the target language.
Last updated: 5 June 2020