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The focus of this subject will be on the development of the students as confident bicultural and bilingual speakers of the Spanish language, creating short fictional texts and films at a sophisticated level of oral and written language competence. Analysing a variety of oral and written fictional narratives, with an emphasis on authentic Spanish and Latin American short stories and short films, students will identify the diversity they represent and the distinct intellectual and creative contribution of Hispanic fiction to the world based on academic research. This will allow students not only to understand the textual and cinematic structure of different genres, but also to create and reflect on their own narratives in formal (project presentation, script development) and informal contexts (discussion, short film, short story, etc.). Students will gain an appreciation of the cultural and historical realities that have shaped artistic expression in the Spanish and Latin American modern and contemporary worlds, recognise idiosyncratic differences within the Spanish-speaking communities and add their own intercultural contribution. They will research, reflect on, and become proficient in using complex sentence structures and verb forms and confident in communicating their own literary ideas in a range of media and fictional genres drawing on a wide variety of vocabulary, oral expressions and textual analysis skills. In addition, students will further cultivate 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, project presentation, 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:
- Interpret and reflect on academic and everyday communication across a number of contexts, situations and genres in the target language, and more specifically the fictional genres of short story and short film
- Understand the use of Spanish in real-life situations and identify the distinct features of fictional and non-fictional genres produced in Spanish and Latin American economic, intellectual, cultural and social contexts, with a particular emphasis on the fictional genres of short story and short film
- Recognise, research and reflect on the idiosyncratic differences within the Spanish-speaking communities in Spain, Latin-America and beyond
- Apply critical theory to explore specific topics in the target language and draw links between Spanish and Latin American popular and academic language and culture through the fictional genres of short story and short film
- Appreciate and respect diversity, background difference and distinct perspectives of Hispanic cultures by critically evaluating short stories and short films representing Spanish-speaking communities in the world
- Articulate intellectually sophisticated conversations, as a bicultural and bilingual person, with both native and non‐native speakers in the target language about relevant historical, social and cultural topics in Hispanic stories and short films
- Develop a deeper understanding of, reflect on and research the lingo-cultural acquisition process both in English and Spanish, as autonomous, reflective and self-directed learners with academic-level skills
- Produce a wide range of intellectually sophisticated written and oral communication, with a particular emphasis on the fictional genres of short story and short film, that demonstrate a sound understanding of genres, organisational patterns, vocabulary and linguistic structures in the target language
At the completion of this subject, students should have
- Enhanced research skills
- Enhanced critical thinking, analysis and reflection
- Developed logical analysis strategies
- Strengthened their ability to speak effectively in public
- Enhanced information literacy skills
- Cultivated their understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and their awareness of intercultural differences and openness to the world
- Enhanced relevant digital literacy and practice skills
- Enhanced relevant workplace skills
Last updated: 22 November 2023