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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIH120
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: MENENDEZ-LOPEZ MM Miss (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

All year

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
In-class negotiation or debate and self-assessment report (400 words in Spanish)
In-class presentation and self-assessment report (400 words in Spanish)
In-class listening test on academic and professional topics and phonetics

Module Overview

This is a level 1 module for post-A level Spanish students designed to develop their oral presentation and negotiation skills: speaking and listening. It is taught over 22 weeks, 1 hour per teaching week, plus online support. Student attendance is compulsory.


A Level in Spanish or equivalent.

Module Aims

This module aims to improve students’ oral proficiency in Spanish beyond the A level or equivalent, B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). The main focus of the module is on group discussions, negotiations and presentations to improve the students’ fluency, pronunciation, register and information literacy skills. Students are encouraged to self- and peer-assess their progress in speaking Spanish and to map their competence against the descriptors of the CEFR.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the students will:

a) speak Spanish in a range of academic and professional situations with a good degree of fluency and appropriacy;
b) interact confidently and appropriately in a wide range of academic and professional situations in Spanish;
c) use adequate and specific vocabulary and the appropriate register in a range of academic and professional situations;
d) understand and interpret complex spoken Spanish on academic and professional topics;
e) recognize different dialectal varieties of spoken Spanish;
f) pronounce Spanish accurately and with good intonation;
g) be introduced to the Spanish phonetic alphabet;
h) acquire sufficient cultural awareness to enable them to communicate successfully in discussions, negotiations and presentations in the Spanish-speaking world. 

Transferable skills 

This module will enable students to develop the following transferable skills: 

- the ability to communicate successfully in a range of situations;
- working in teams, specifically the ability to discuss and negotiate in a group;
- presentation skills, through giving and observing mini-presentations in class working with others, by means of a range of pair and group tasks in class;
- negotiation skills;
- information literacy and critical thinking: the ability to collect, select, evaluate and present information, through presentations, discussions and negotiations.

Module Content

Telling a story:
- describing events, processes and results;
- expressing cause, effect and purpose.
- selecting and collecting information;
- structuring a presentation: using signposts;
- delivering a presentation
- taking notes in a presentation;
- visual aids;
- handling difficult questions.
Discussions and negotiations:
- giving advice;
- handling complaints;
- presenting facts vs. opinions;
- expressing opinions and asking others’ opinions;
- agreeing and disagreeing;
- chairing a discussion;
- proposing, accepting and rejecting proposals;
- summarising.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching will be in small groups. The course is taught entirely in the target language and the stimulus material used will be drawn from a variety of sources, including audio and video media. Students are expected to take part in discussions and negotiations, to give presentations, and to evaluate their own and their peers’ work. The students are also required to work collaboratively in class and in the preparation of their assignments. The students will use multimedia resources in class and in their assignments.

Selected Texts/Journals
Materials will be drawn from a variety of multimedia, including web-based resources.
Supporting material:
§         Socios 2. Barcelona: Difusión. ISBN: 978-84-8443-418-4
§         Punto Final. Madrid: Edelsa. ISBN: 97-88477-1118-18
§         Gente 3. Barcelona: Difusión. ISBN: 978-84-8443-188-6
§         Curso de puesta a punto en español. Madrid: Edelsa. ISBN: 84-7711-196-0
§         Bien dicho. Madrid: SGEL. ISBN: 9788497781831
§         Nuevo ele intermedio. Madrid: SM. ISBN: 84-6750-945-7
§         Prisma B2. Madrid: Edinumen. ISBN: 84-9598-624-8
§         A fondo. Nivel avanzado. Madrid: SGEL. ISBN: 84-9778-058-2
§         A fondo. Nivel superior. Madrid: SGEL. ISBN: 84-9778-083-3
Last Updated

JULY 2009