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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SPA3016 Module Title: SPANISH PROJECT
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: SPA3016
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: PHILLIPS TP Dr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
All Year
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Report of project (5,000 words)
Elements to be included:
Design of questionnaire/interview
Account of fieldwork
Analysis of data
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
This is a Level 3 module for Spanish. It is taught over Autumn and Spring semesters, with contact hours arranged individually between student and supervisor.
Successful completion of Level 2 Spanish modules or equivalent
Module Aims
This module allows students to plan and manage a project in the field of sociolinguistics or education, relating to Spanish studies. It provides students with the opportunity to undertake field work or other practical research and produce a report in written Spanish.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will:
  • have developed organisational and time-management skills;
  • have developed ability to manage a small research project;
  • have practical experience of designing and using a questionnaire and/or other survey methods;
  • have developed ability to analyse and extract information from survey data;
  • have developed the ability to write extensively in Spanish in an academic register;
  • have worked independently to gather data from various sources;
  • learnt to use a variety of sources, including primary sources, to research a given topic;
  • have improved presentational skills in producing the bound dissertation;
  • have improved referencing and formatting skills;
  • have greatly improved their written communication skills.
Module Content
Specific content will be a matter for discussion between student and supervisor, but will be one of the following:
  • Study of a minority language/ dialect, either in the country of the target language, or in some way related to it. (For example, regional or minority language in Spain or Latin America; Spanish or creole speakers in UK).
  • Study of an issue related to language education, such as uptake of MFL in UK; minority language provision in a region of Spain).
  • Study of an issue related to language policy, such as language use in internationally operating Spanish corporations, etc.  
The subject should be chosen during the placement year, and must be approved by a potential supervisor. The subject can then be more clearly defined after consultation with the supervisor.
The project must involve a practical element, such as designing and using a questionnaire, or semi-directive interviews. 
The report will demonstrate the ability to analyse and extract information from survey data.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
There are no scheduled contact hours, but students should meet supervisor regularly to discuss ideas, and for the supervisor to give feedback on draft sections.
Advice may be given by email, when the student is on placement abroad, and is in the process of choosing a topic, or carrying out research.
Selected Texts/Journals
These will vary, according to the topic chosen. Supervisors will advise students individually on appropriate sources.
Titles of guides to research in sociolinguistics/ social sciences to be added.
Alison Wray, Aileen Bloomer (2nd ed. 2006). Projects in Linguistics. Hodder Education. Paperback £19.99 ISBN: 9780340905784 ISBN-10: 0340905786
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