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Foreign Languages Centre, Unit Catalogue 2008/09

FL30224 Spanish stage 6 semester 1 (6 credits)

Credits: 6
Level: Honours
Semester: 1
Assessment: CW 40%, EX 60%
Aims: The course aims to develop a sophisticated use of language, both orally and in writing.
Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course students will be able to
* Engage with relative ease in spoken interaction on complex and abstract topics using an appropriate range of grammatical structures, vocabulary and discourse markers.
* Relate their presentations and contributions in a discussion to those of other speakers with a degree of confidence.
* Understand most of the implications and intentions of spoken language, including humour and irony, delivered in a range of accents and registers.
* Understand without too much effort a range of styles, registers and nuances of speech.
* Understand without too much effort lengthy texts in most registers, with recourse to reference materials for specialised topics.
* Write clearly in a range of appropriate styles on complex topics in a range of genres.
* Write coherent, cohesive and accurate texts where errors and slips do not compromise the communicative effectiveness of the writing.
* Translate short texts on non specialist topics from English into the target language, without the use of a dictionary.
Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing in the target language - all assessed
Interpersonal skills, communication, team skills - facilitated
IT skills - facilitated
Intercultural skills - facilitated and taught
Autonomous learning - facilitated
Research and organisational skills - facilitated
Cognitive - taught.
This course provides a framework for developing a sophisticated use of language through use of challenging and interesting reading and audio-visual material to stimulate discussions and debates. Factual texts will extend students' knowledge and appreciation of various cultural, social, economic and political issues in countries where the target language is spoken. In addition to developing overall linguistic proficiency, one hour a week will be spent on improving students' mastery of the target language by translating short texts from English into the target language and related activities, including contrasting analysis of grammar systems, vocabulary extension activities and additional reading.