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This subject, taught intensively during the summer period, combines two subjects enhancing students’ language and intercultural skills in Spanish. The subject equips students with increasingly sophisticated language and intercultural skills to communicate about the self and other in Spanish in a wider range of social contexts. On its successful completion, students will be able to comprehend and produce a variety of personal stories and critical texts informed by and citing academic research sources. They will have the language skills necessary to describe comprehensively describe emotions, places and people and to use language appropriate to everyday informal situations, as well as a growing number of formal situations. Reading authentic texts from newspapers, online sources such as blogs and social media, as well as shorter literary texts, and watching a number of award-winning short films from different Spanish-speaking countries, students will advance their in-depth knowledge in some areas of contemporary life in the Hispanic world. They will also learn to give their opinion, participate in debates, evaluate and report on ideas in the Spanish language, as well as demonstrate their growing communicative confidence in an audio-visual group project. Additionally, students will enhance their digital literacy and practice skills as well as a number of skills relevant to a workplace environment, such as problem-solving, teamwork, clear communication, self-evaluation, information literacy and professionalism.
Part of the assessment of this subject will contribute to the ePortfolio students develop in their Spanish and Latin American Studies subjects. This digital platform offers the opportunity to showcase relevant workplace skills and digital and intercultural competencies in the target language, as well as individual interests and ideas.
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;
- Debate ideas with increasing variety of lexicon; and informed by academic research sources;
- Display a good understanding of contemporary life in the Hispanic world with some in-depth knowledge of major social, political, historical and cultural issues;
- Undertake research about Hispanic topics with increasing level of independence and critical spirit;
- Express views and opinions on a variety of Hispanic culture topics;
- Produce spoken and written discourse, including description, narration, and formulation of argument and/or hypothesis, incorporating an increasing choice of style and complexity in a range of media; and citing research from academic sources;
- Maintain both a formal and informal conversation in Spanish with very little difficulty;
- Communicate with both native and non-native speakers of Spanish with emerging ability;
- Analyse and understand authentic literary texts and short films in Spanish comprehensively.
- Enhanced oral and written intercultural communication skills;
- Improved time management and work planning skills;
- Enhanced analytical and critical skills;
- Improved research skills;
- Enhanced reflective skills on second-language learning as a personal challenge;
- Enhanced reflective skills about themselves as learner, being able to identify and describe any perceived learning difficulty and develop efficient strategies to improve;
- Enhanced information literacy skills.
- Enhanced relevant digital literacy and practice skills.
- Enhanced relevant workplace skills.
Last updated: 3 December 2022