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Spanish Language & Society I - LAN00005C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Elia Lorena Lopez Ramirez
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This is a first-year module that focuses particularly on social and cultural issues in twentieth century Spain and Latin America. Through themes such as immigration, language diversity and human rights, students will attain fluency in written and oral forms of expression, and develop the ability to engage in critical thinking in the target language.

This module is also designed to support students in their transition to studying in a UK Higher Education environment by fully integrating relevant academic conventions into the learning and teaching process.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module is intended to develop your language proficiency; to consolidate and expand your written and oral skills in order to achieve accurate and idiomatic expression, and sound comprehension of oral/aural material. This module will also lay the groundwork for the more advanced study of Spanish.

Module learning outcomes

After satisfactorily completing the module you should be able to show:

  • Increased fluency and accuracy in spoken Spanish
  • Increased accuracy and sophistication in the production of a variety of written Spanish texts
  • Improved aural language comprehension
  • An insight into a selection of social and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (7 day week)
Open Exam
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Exam
N/A 30
University - closed examination
Spanish Language & Society I
3 hours 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Reassessment: Oral Exam
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Spanish Language and Society I
3 hours 60

Module feedback

Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work. Given immediately both to individuals and to group.

Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice work (i.e., essays, presentations, projects), with opportunity for individual consultation.

Indicative reading

A good bilingual dictionary: Collins Spanish-English dictionary (8th edition) ISBN: 0007183747

A good monolingual dictionary: Diccionario Clave : Diccionario de uso del español actual (Spanish) ISBN: 270801367X

Munoz-Basols, J., Pérez Sinusía, Y., y David, M. (2012) Developing writing skills in Spanish. New York: Routledge.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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