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This subject equips students with more sophisticated language and intercultural skills to communicate about the self and other in Spanish in a wider range of social contexts. By the end students will be able to comprehend and produce a variety of personal stories. They will have the language skills necessary to describe emotions, places and people and to use language appropriate to everyday informal and an increasing number of formal situations. By reading newspapers and literary stories and watching the news and videos from different Spanish speaking countries they will learn to comprehend and write public stories. Students will also learn to give their opinion, participate in debates, evaluate and report on ideas in the Spanish language through engaging with culturally and politically significant texts from the Spanish-speaking world.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- write a report, narrative or argument using reasonably accurate verb mood and tense and citing research academic sources;
- express views and opinions based on research on a variety of Hispanic culture topics;
- produce spoken and written discourse from description to narration, to formulation of argument and/or hypothesis, incorporating an increasing variety of style and complexity;
- debate ideas with increasing variety of lexicon and informed by academic research sources;
- communicate with both native and non-native speakers of Spanish with emerging ability;
- maintain both a formal or informal conversation in Spanish with very little difficulty;
- have a good understanding of contemporary life in the Hispanic world with a focus on researching major social, political, historical and cultural issues;
- read an authentic literary text in Spanish comprehensively as a research source.
- undertake research about Hispanic topics with increasing level of independence and critical spirit;
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed oral and written intercultural communication skills;
- have developed 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 dentify and describe any perceived learning difficulty;
- be able to name and describe texts and genres in the target language.
Last updated: 4 August 2020