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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Spanish 1A (ELCH08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAn intensive course of tuition in spoken and written Spanish for students with no or little previous knowledge of the language. A general introduction to the history and culture of the Hispanic world, together with the study of two appropriate texts and/or films. The course is open to students of any year, but not to students qualified for admission to Spanish 1B. A good deal of private study is necessary to meet the requirements of the course.
Course description To provide a firm grounding in Spanish language, both written and oral, with a view to preparing potential Honours students for living and either studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country during their third year. To provide an understanding of some important literary and cultural issues relating to the countries where Spanish is spoken.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Spanish 1B (ELCH08002)
Other requirements A pass in at least one modern or classical language at Higher Grade (SCE) or a Grade B in National 5 or GCSE or evidence of linguistic proficiency.

OR 50% in Foundation Spanish 3 at the first attempt;

OR equivalent.

If your entry qualification for Spanish is a Scottish Higher, you will automatically be admitted to 1B. Students with a 'crash' Higher OR a Higher awarded more than 1 year ago will be registered on Spanish 1B, but may take a Proficiency Test to gauge their ability. Depending on the results, course registration would be changed to Spanish 1A. Students with a 'C' pass at Higher (SQA) or A-level may be considered for entry to 1A at the discretion of the Course Organiser.

Other students whose qualifications in Spanish are more than 3 years old may also take the Proficiency Test in week one to determine whether Spanish 1A or 1B would be more appropriate.

This will be on 20/09/17 in 7 Bristo Square Rm G.16 at 1pm.

Please note that changing from 1B to 1A is not allowed in any other circumstances, and is not possible after week 2 of semester 1.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  71
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 42, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 280 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay (1000 words); weekly exercises and 2 class tests. Coursework and class tests 50%; degree exam 50%.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the main points of the Spanish language grammar with clear standard input on vocabulary and familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  2. Understand and express themselves in the target language and deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  3. Produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  4. Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plan.
  5. Develop basic analytical skills through the composition of a précis.
Reading List
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Students qualified for Spanish 1B should not be enrolled for Spanish 1A. If in doubt, consult the Division of European Languages and Cultures Teaching Office, 50 George Square, 1.07. Tel 0131 650 3635.
Additional Class Delivery Information A lecture on Monday and Tuesday (1st semester, both Grammar Lectures; 2nd semester Monday: Grammar lecture, Tuesday: literature lecture)
Students will also attend one oral class per week in Semester 1 and Semester 2 (weeks 1 to 6) on a Thursday.
Students will also attend one pair of language classes on a Wednesday and a Friday. This will be the same group on each day.

In semester 2 (weeks 7-10, not counting the ILW) students will also attend one Literature seminar which are the same groups as the Oral Class.
KeywordsDELC Spanish 1A
Course organiserMiss Roser Vich-Gallego
Tel: (0131 6)50 3140
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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