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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: SPA2020
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MARLEY D Dr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 5 Number of ECTS credits: 2.5
Module Availability
Autumn semester
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
One take-home assignment
One hour in-class test, end of Semester

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module.
Module Overview
This is a level 2 module for Spanish. It is taught in the target language over Autumn and Spring semesters, one contact hour per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.
Successful completion of HE1 or equivalent
Module Aims
This module builds on the knowledge acquired in “Spanish Grammar and Functions I” and focuses on the more complex structures of advanced Spanish as used in specialist language.The aim is to enable students to recognise and analyse these structures in Spanish specialist language, and to employ them when producing their own texts. Students will be encouraged to self-assess their progress in understanding Spanish grammar and its functions and to map their competence against the descriptors of the Common Framework for Languages.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:


  • have further improved grammatical accuracy in the target language and extended their knowledge of more advanced topics in Spanish grammar;
  • will be able to understand and reproduce complex grammatical/syntactical structures in written and spoken Spanish;
  • be able to analyse and discuss Spanish grammar using the appropriate terminology;
  • will have acquired a very high level of knowledge of the grammatical and pragmatic conventions of language use which are required for establishing, maintaining and perfecting communication and understanding in academic and professional contexts; 
  • will be able to use language reference materials such as grammars and specialised dictionaries very effectively;
  • will have improved their self-correction rate in written and spoken Spanish and will be able to recognise and avoid first language interference.
Module Content
Grammatical forms and functions are introduced and consolidated in relevant contexts, taken from subject areas such as politics, social studies, law, business, and the media. The module will identify and discuss linguistic structures in the context of specific language use.
Topics covered will typically include:

revision of grammar covered in Spanish Grammar and Functions I;
grammatical terminology for advanced learners of Spanish;
effective use and evaluation of different grammars and dictionaries:
connecting complex ideas and sentences;
analysing and manipulating complex syntactical structures;
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Teaching will be in small groups. The module is taught entirely in the target language and the stimulus material used in class will be drawn from a variety of texts and contexts. Students will work in pairs and in groups to analyse linguistic structures and prepare short presentations of their findings. Students are encouraged to review their own target language use and to use reference materials to correct errors.
Structures and functions will also be consolidated through the use of IT resources. Self- and peer-assessment will be used to foster students’ analytical and critical skills and to develop language learning strategies.
Selected Texts/Journals
Learning materials will be provided by the tutors.
Recommended texts:
Butt, J. and C. Benjamin, 2000. A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, London: Arnold.
Muñoz, P. and M. Thacker, 2006. A Spanish Learning Grammar (Second edition), London: Arnold.
Recommended dictionaries:
Collins Spanish Dictionary (latest edition)
Oxford Spanish Dictionary (latest edition)
Moliner, M., 1997. Diccionario de uso del español, Madrid: Editorial Gredos.
Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española, see
Last Updated
JULY 2009