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Spanish Language & Society II - LAN00012I

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

Module summary

This is a second-year module that studies international development issues affecting Spain and Latin America in the last two centuries. Through the appraisal of topics such as freedom and democracy, human rights, and policy-making in education, students will strengthen the most common language functions, structures, and vocabulary at Proficiency Level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

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

Module aims

This module is intended to enable students to appraise key aspects of modern Spanish and Latin American culture and society through the study of international development issues and their effect on policy making in the last two centuries.

Through the analysis of a variety of written and aural materials in the target language, students will engage in critical discussion, interpersonal and presentational tasks. By integrating language and content instruction, this module seeks to enhance and invigorate students’ linguistic proficiency while deepening their understanding of the themes studied.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of key international development issues in modern Spanish and Latin American cultures and societies.
  • Critically interpret complex written and aural authentic materials.
  • Employ a refined level of language proficiency and increased control in the use of language registers
  • Present and develop engaging, persuasive and sophisticated arguments in both written and spoken Spanish


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Spanish Language & Society II
N/A 40
Open Examination (7 day week)
Open Exam
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Spanish Language & Society II
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Spanish Language and Society II
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Spanish Language & Society II
N/A 40

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

  • Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work. Given immediately both to individuals and to group
  • Oral commentary and dialogue on seminar presentation, given to the individual presenter following the seminar
  • Written comments and mark on University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation; the essays will be returned to students two weeks after seminar
  • Model answers may be given for class exercise/ past exam papers, with class discussion of difficulties

Summative assessment and feedback

1. Two-week open exam (Paper 1), focusing on reading and writing competencies and consisting of writing an essay that follows general academic guidelines.

  • Date: Week 10, Spring Term
  • Weight: 30%

2. Three-hour closed exam (Paper 2), covering reading comprehension, use of language and writing

  • Date: Weeks 5-7, Summer Term
  • Weight: 40%

3. Oral presentation, 15 minutes in total, a succinct presentation and follow-up questions

  • Date: Weeks 5-7, Summer Term
  • Weight: 30%

Feedback: Individuals will be given a feedback sheet for the oral examination, and will be allowed to see their exam papers with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.

Indicative reading

Teaching materials will be supplied during the course as well as their relevant bibliographical references.

Students should also have:

  • a good notebook to record vocabulary and idiomatic phrases
  • a good bilingual dictionary: Collins Spanish-English dictionary (8th edition) ISBN: 0007183747
  • a good monolingual dictionary: Clave Diccionario de uso del español actual ISBN: 8434851938

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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