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This subject provides students with the necessary language and intercultural skills to communicate in everyday personal situations in Spanish. Students are introduced to the grammatical structures and vocabulary that will allow them to converse about the self in a number of informal situations, and which will empower them to explore their relationship with the societies and cultures of the global Spanish-speaking community. Students will develop writing strategies that enable them to be able to produce, by the end of the semester, a number of descriptive, personal texts, such as emails, letters, and family profiles. They will refine reading and listening skills through engagement with authentic cultural materials. Students will collaborate on an inquiry-led group project that brings them into contact with authentic cultural materials, such as artworks, advertisements, music and poetry, all aimed at facilitating their appreciation of important cultural notions of interpersonal relations, the family and the home. Students are afforded a taste of the richness of the Hispanic World in this subject; they are invited to develop a personal awareness and understanding of diverse cultural identities through project-based and object-based assessment tasks and sustained in-class activities.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to produce simple written descriptive texts about the self in Spanish;
- be able to conduct everyday social conversations in Spanish;
- have a basic understanding of the different cultural identities that make up the Hispanic World;
- be familiar with Hispanic cultural traditions and practices, and 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 contexts.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed their intercultural skills;
- have developed their analytical thinking and interpretative skills;
- have developed an ability to appreciate different cultural contexts present in the Hispanic World;
- have developed their time management and planning skills.
Last updated: 13 November 2019