Spanish

The following modules are available to incoming Study Abroad students interested in Spanish.

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DELC365: Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry (13th-20th c.)

  • Terms Taught: Lent/Summer Terms only.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS

Course Description

This final year module will be driven by the comparison of masterpieces of Spanish poetry from the 13th to the 20th century with the events of a current TV show, Game of Thrones (HBO), which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin's contemporary epic fantasy narrative, Song of Ice and Fire. The purpose of this comparison is to consider how some patterns and stereotypes related to the past, some of which are achieving success in both the TV show and the contemporary novels by Martin, have also been responsible for the success of a number of works that today are considered as classics of Spanish poetry. Students need not have watched Game of Thrones previously, nor have read Martin’s novels. Time will be dedicated in class to explaining the visual elements of this show and considering how these must be compared with the assigned readings.

The outline below gives the general parameters of the material to be covered, indicating texts and secondary sources that students are required to read each week. Articles and texts for this module will be provided by the module tutor via Moodle. Students will engage in the study of the socio-historical events and features of Spanish society, as well as the literary mechanisms of each one of the texts. It is essential to understand the dynamic of these events in order to better understand the texts we shall read during this module.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Identify historically and culturally significant influences on Spain
  • Describe past and current political and social problems of Spain
  • Analyse poetic works in depth
  • Understand the cultural, social and historical context of the literary works and periods studied
  • Be aware of the profound transformations of Spanish culture and their impact in Spanish poetry
  • Achieve the knowledge and skills needed in order to analyse Spanish worldview in comparison and contrast with their own

Outline Syllabus

Topics and texts may include:

Week 1

  • 1.1.- Introduction to the Module: A Quick Survey of Works and Authors (Gómez Moreno, “Literatura española”)
  • 1.2- How to Analyse Spanish Poetry: Verses, Stanzas and Rhymes (Perea Rodríguez, “Literary Analysis”)

Week 2

  • 2.1.- Treachery to Lord Stark: The Legend of La Cava and Count Don Julián (Alfonso X, Estoria de España)
  • 2.2.- Text: Romance de La Cava

Week 3

  • 3.1.- The Hand of the King has been Beheaded: Álvaro de Luna and his fate (Perea Rodríguez, “Álvaro de Luna”)
  • 3.2.- Text: Coplas de la muerte de su padre, by Jorge Manrique

Week 4

  • 4.1.- Medieval Minstrels’ Dangerous Life: Hernando de Vera’s Poem against King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Perea Rodríguez “Conversos en los cancioneros” 204-10)
  • 4.2.- Text: Coplas del tabefe (Anonymous)

Week 5

  • 5.1.- “I’m no lady”: Brienne of Tarth’s Sword and Saint Teresa’s Pen (Ramos López, “Mysticism as a Key Concept”)
  • 5.2.- Text: Santa Teresa de Jesús, “Vivo sin vivir en mí”

Week 6

  • 6.1.- Winterfell Has Been Taken! The Fall of the Spanish Empire (Rodríguez Rodríguez, “Observaciones a la poesía de Quevedo”)
  • 6.2.- Text: Francisco de Quevedo, “Miré los muros de la patria mía”

Week 7

  • 7.1.- The World Beyond the Wall: John Snow and Federico García Lorca (Alonso, “Lorca’s Life in New York”)
  • 7.2.- Text: García Lorca, “La aurora de Nueva York”

Week 8

  • 8.1.- Special workshop: How to write a good essay
  • 8.2.- Peer-to-Peer Review Session

Week 9

  • 9.1.- What’s So Civil About War Anyway?: Medieval Westeros and Contemporary Spain (Perea Rodríguez, “Cultural Approach to the Spanish Civil War”)
  • 9.2.- Text: Miguel Hernández, “Para la libertad”

Week 10

  • 10.1.- The Winding Road of Exile (Ugarte, Shifting Ground, 78-95)
  • 10.2.- Text: Antonio Machado, “Proverbios y cantares”

Assessment Proportions

  • Discussion Forum: 10%
  • Essay: 30%

  • Exam: 60%

SPAN100: Part I Spanish Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    •  Full Year module- 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits  
  • Pre-requisites:
    • none; evidence of language-learning ability; entry at A1 level within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

If you have never learnt Spanish this module is for you. It provides an intensive introduction to the language and will equip you grammatically and linguistically for further study. The module covers reading, writing, the foundations of grammar, plus speaking and listening skills for four hours per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on the country's culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

This Module is devised to enable you to:

  • speak, understand read and write the relevant language at A2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • develop your understanding of the principles of grammar (in  both English and the relevant language)
  • develop techniques and strategies in learning a language
  • develop your confidence in using the language in various settings
  • acquire initial awareness of current affairs in the country where the language is spoken

Outline Syllabus

This module combines work in Spanish Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in Spanish history have shaped contemporary Spanish culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The language component of SPAN 100 is an intensive module of study which takes students from beginners' level to high A2/B1 level standard in 25 weeks of study. There are four language seminars per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a Spanish native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of Spanish grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of Spanish native speakers using audio and video materials. In addition, one independent language hour is dedicated to computer-based exercises.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. Language coursework assessments during the yearinclude a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall Part I result.

Students are encouraged to watch Spanish films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit Spanish-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN101: Part I Spanish Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 10 US semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 US semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 20 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 8 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites: Good Spanish language; entry at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR).

Course Description

If you already have a good knowledge of the language, this module is designed to help you achieve higher levels of oral fluency and written accuracy while extending your knowledge of twentieth century literature, thought and history. You will attend three hours of language classes per week. In addition, weekly or fortnightly lectures and seminars will focus on Spanish culture and its European context. Assessment of language is by written and oral examination in the Summer term in conjunction with coursework and regular assessments in class. Culture is also assessed by examination and coursework.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • consolidate and develop language skills already acquired at 'A'/ 'A/S' level (in Council of Europe framework terms, you will be a B category independent user, and consolidate level B1 (threshold) level and make inroads into B2 (vantage) level
  • enable you to speak and write accurately in Spanish at an advanced level and to acquire advanced skills in reading and listening comprehension
  • reinforce and expand the knowledge of Spanish grammar, and increase your awareness of the way English works so that you can make comparisons
  • enable and encourage you to learn about and appreciate the relevant contemporary culture and to form (and express in target language ) your own views on certain topics and issues
  • assist you to improve your ability to learn a language and to absorb information systematically and to contribute to your personal, social and cognitive development

Outline Syllabus

This module in Spanish Studies at Lancaster combines work in Spanish Language with a History, Culture and Identity module that looks at how key moments in Spanish history have shaped contemporary Spanish culture (film, plays, novels etc.).

The SPAN101 module will give you the opportunity to undertake a range of language work that will consolidate your work in Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR B (Independent User) level, taking you from B1 Threshold through to high B1/B2 Vantage level. The module will focus on equipping you with an understanding of language necessary for more advanced study. There are three language classes per week, of which at least one is normally conducted by a Spanish native speaker. Tutorials are based on a textbook, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of Spanish grammatical structures. Listening and speaking skills are developed under the guidance of Spanish native speakers using audio and video materials.

Assessment is divided between coursework and examination. There are six language coursework assessments during the year, comprising a wide variety of speaking, listening and written exercises. Marks received for these are combined with the June examination marks in spoken and written language to produce the overall Part I result. Culture is assessed by coursework and examination.

Students are encouraged to watch Spanish films on DVD/television or at the cinema, to visit Spanish-speaking countries during the vacation, and to take every opportunity of listening to and speaking the language.

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN200: Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN201
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200 and SPAN201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the SPAN201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. SPAN200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

SPAN200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarise themselves with the culture and the society of countries where Spanish is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in Spanish are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN200i: Spanish Language: Oral Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN201i
    • Good Spanish language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200i and SPAN201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN200i (Intensive) element comprises the oral and aural skills and is taken with the SPAN201i element; writing and reading skills. SPAN200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of SPAN200i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. 

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Exam: 60%
  • Coursework: 40%

SPAN201: Spanish Language: Written skills (CEFR: B2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN200
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at high B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200 (oral and aural skills) and 201 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200/201 module, comprising three hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200 and SPAN201 aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking and writing the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN200 element comprises of oral and aural skills and is taken with the SPAN201 element, the writing and reading skills. The units cannot be taken separately. SPAN200/201 consists of three hours per week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

SPAN200/201 will consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired and equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where Spanish is spoken. The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on speaking and listening (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings. It will also focus on on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers . A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in Spanish are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions. It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200/201 modules will attain a B2 level (Independent User/Vantage) in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN201i: Spanish Language: Written Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year course - 4 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN200i
    • Good Spanish language; entry is at high A2/B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 200i (oral and aural skills) and 201i (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot be taken independently. The general aim of the SPAN200i/201i module, comprising four hours per week, is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills already acquired. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

SPAN200i and SPAN201i aim to:

  • enhance students' comprehension of the spoken language, as it is used both in relatively formal speech, and in everyday "real-life" situations of the kind that one will encounter in Spanish-speaking countries
  • develop both general and accurate listening comprehension skills, especially via exposure to radio or television programmes, to introduce computer-based aids and resources for language learning.
  • develop good, accurate pronunciation and intonation as well as fluency, accuracy of grammar and vocabulary when speaking the language
  • encourage expression of views, articulate arguments and foster confident conversational and written work
  • equip students with vocabulary, phrases and appropriate structures
  • familiarise students with current topics
  • enhance students' ability to understand and translate texts accurately from a variety of (mainly contemporary) sources, and to explore characteristic features of different styles and registers
  • increase awareness of the structure and variation of the language studied
  • develop sensitivity to a range of stylistic norms and varieties
  • help students read, comprehend and summarise the language accurately, in a variety of texts
  • improve the knowledge of grammar
  • produce written target language that is fluent, expressive, well-formed and grammatically accurate for this level
  • enhance students' understanding and awareness of some of the current issues in Spanish-speaking countries

Outline Syllabus

The SPAN201i element comprises of the writing and reading skills and is taken with the SPAN200i element; oral and aural skills. These units cannot be taken separately.  SPAN200i/201i consists of 4 hours/week covering oral and listening skills as well as grammar, translation and writing skills.

The general aim of SPAN201i is to consolidate and build on the linguistic skills acquired in the first year and to equip students with the level of competence and confidence they will require in order to familiarize themselves with the culture and the society of countries where their studied language is spoken.

The module aims to enhance students' linguistic proficiency; with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.

A systematic study of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the language forms a specific component of the module. Contemporary written and audio-visual materials in the L2 language are used throughout the module.

The module also aims to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions and to prepare students for residence abroad.

It is expected that students studying on the SPAN200i/201i modules wishing to attain a good (2.i/first) level will have elements of B1 (Independent User/Threshold level) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN233: Power and Resistance in Spain and Spanish America: From the Spanish Empire to the 21st Century

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • US Credits: 4 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits: 8 ECTS credits

Course Description

This  module is divided into three topic areas comprising of the following:

  • Power and Resistance in Spanish America from the Colony to the 21st Century; 
  • War, Dictatorship and Transition in Spain in the 20th and 21st Century; 
  • Culture and Resistance in Catalunya in the 20th and 21st Century.

The students will study texts which both encourage an engaged reading of Spanish and open up alternative avenues towards traditional fields of study in Hispanism (empire and colonialism, nineteenth-century nation-building, revolution, dictatorship, Francoism, regionalism, neo-liberalism and globalisation.) These disparate fields of study are conceptually unified and made more accessible for the students in two ways. Firstly, we refer students to the theme of power and resistance which concerns them all in various ways. Secondly, we divide the module by geographical region which, given the array of varying cultures and histories in the Spanish-speaking world, represents the least mystifying and most logical method of study. We will employ a text-based approach in which the texts chosen allow us to operate within certain very specific historical and geographical parameters whilst never losing sight of the main theme. Throughout, students will be encouraged to interrogate the meanings of terms such as colony, revolution, rebellion, republic, empire, dictatorship and democracy with close readings of cultural texts which themselves question the assumptions which underpin these terms.

Educational Aims

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • read fluently and understand a variety of Spanish and Spanish American texts
  • show understanding of the major political, social and cultural events of Spanish and Spanish America history and their significance in relation to contemporary Spanish, Spanish American and European culture
  • demonstrate awareness of how social, political and cultural factors have interacted in the module of Spanish and Spanish American history
  • apply relevant concepts, theories and methods to the study of Spain and Spanish America and apply what they have learned to the analysis of texts other than the ones that form an integral part of the module (e.g. texts studied in DELC option modules)

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN300: Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module - 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN301
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

Modules 300 (oral and aural skills) and 301 (written and reading skills) are two integrated components of the module that cannot normally be taken independently. NB: native speakers should take the written component (301) only. This module consists of three hours tuition per week, taught in the target language, often by a native speaker. Both the oral and written components cover topics of cultural and contemporary interest, with a particular focus on translation from and into the target language. Assessment is by coursework, regular assessments in class and an end of year written and oral examination.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in Spanish-speaking countries and to form and express (in Spanish) their own views on certain topics and issues
  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary Spanish-speaking countries 
  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries          
  • extend students’ knowledge and competence in the Spanish language
  • enable students to speak Spanish at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken Spanish and improve pronunciation and intonation
  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language
  • equip students with the strategies for presenting critical ideas and defending them

Outline Syllabus

Normally, SPAN300 and SPAN301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (SPAN300) and the written language (SPAN301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim of SPAN300 is to maintain the momentum and progress achieved during the second year and the year abroad and to bring intellectual rigour and critical awareness to the content of the spoken language.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the Spanish speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

SPAN301: Spanish Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

  • Terms Taught: Full Year module.
  • Also Available:
    • Michaelmas Term only.
    • NOTE:  If you are studying with us for a Full Academic Year and you select a module that has full year and part year variants, you will not be allowed to take only part of the module.
  • US Credits:
    • Full Year module- 4 semester credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 2 semester credits
  • ECTS Credits:
    • Full Year module - 8 ECTS credits
    • Michaelmas Term only - 4 ECTS credits
  • Pre-requisites:
    • This module must be taken in conjunction with SPAN300
    • Extensive Spanish language; entry is at C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Course Description

The module has two main aims. Firstly to enhance students' linguistic proficiency with particular reference to: (a) the understanding of spoken and written Spanish in a variety of registers and dealing with a range of contemporary issues; (b) the speaking of Spanish (prepared and spontaneous) in a range of formal and semi-formal settings; (c) the writing of Spanish (notes, reports, summaries, essays, projects etc.) including from and into Spanish; and (d) the systematic study of Spanish lexis, grammar and syntax. Secondly, it aims to increase students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary Spanish-speaking countries.

Educational Aims

The module aims to:

  • enable and encourage students to learn about current affairs in Spain and to form and express (in Spanish) their own views on certain topics and issues
  • increase their awareness of society and culture of contemporary Spain
  • encourage students to explore, and become familiar with, different areas of Spanish culture
  • extend students knowledge and competence in the Spanish language
  • enable students to speak Spanish at a level as close as possible to near-native standard and to acquire equivalent skills in oral and written language by increasing vocabulary, grammatical accuracy in spoken Spanish and improve pronunciation and intonation
  • encourage the progressive integration of authentic, idiomatic structures into the spoken language
  • prioritise accuracy in written language highlight the value of authenticity both when constructing students own style in writing in Spanish as well as when rendering Spanish into English
  • further improve writing skills by aiming at greater fluency, grammatical accuracy, use of idiomatic Spanish and appropriate style
  • further improve reading skills by dealing with complex authentic texts, by identifying register, styles and idiomatic language
  • further improve translation skills from L2 to L1
  • further improve translation skills from L1 to L2
  • develop critical commentary writing skill
  • integrate ideas and issues relating to contemporary Spanish society and thus reinforce language as a vehicle for greater cross-cultural awareness
  • enhance cultural background knowledge by mainly working with topical newspapers and magazine articles
  • develop an analytical and critical attitude when dealing with ideas and issues in the foreign language

Outline Syllabus

Normally, SPAN300 and SPAN301 cannot be taken independently. Both the oral (SPAN300) and the written language (SPAN301) modules focus on particular topics of cultural and contemporary interest. Together they consist of 3 hours tuition per week. The general aim is to build on the enthusiasm and expertise garnered during the second year and the year abroad whilst channelling this enthusiasm and expertise quite consciously towards improving your Spanish language skills even further.

By the end of the module, students should not only have developed an informed interest in the society and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, but they should also have acquired near-native abilities both in written and spoken language (C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR).

Assessment Proportions

  • Exam: 60%
  • Coursework: 40%