Undergraduate Course: Spanish 1C (ELCH08020)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Spanish 1C is a language, literature and culture course for students with university entry qualifications in Spanish. One half of the course is dedicated to language studies and the other to the literature and culture of Spain and Spanish America. Language work is set at the equivalent of level A2- B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). Classes develop written, oral and listening comprehension skills while the cultural elements of the course introduce students to a selection of works from the Spanish-speaking world and develop research, analytical and writing skills.
Weekly written language contact hours (on discussion boards) are designed around the materials on Learn (the Virtual Learning Environment at the University of Edinburgh) and will develop your understanding and command of grammatical constructions and your ability to write and comprehend a variety of texts in Spanish. Oral classes, also weekly, develop spoken and listening comprehension skills. They are structured around 4 Spanish and 4 Latin American films and their sociopolitical contexts.
The cultural half of Spanish 1C invites you to explore how diverse cultural forms have engaged with foundational moments in Spain and Spanish America.
Independent class preparation and study are vital for all aspects of learning on the Spanish 1C course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% Coursework: «br /»
Language: Written Assignment 3, Written Assignment 4, Online Test 3, Online Test 4, Oral presentation, Discussion Boards, Online Language Activities«br /»
Literature: Research Bibliography, Literature Essay, Discussion Board Participation«br /»
||As for written language, students get weekly feedback information on their performance.
As for spoken language, student get weekly formative feedback in the classes and also summative feedback on their presentations.
As for culture, student get weekly formative feedback on their responses in the classes and summative feedback on the annotated bibliography and the summative essay.
Formative feedback is expected to be taken into account when summative work takes place.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate accurate use of a wide range of forms in Spanish vocabulary, grammar and syntax.
- Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.
- Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.
- Demonstrate a cultural knowledge of some of the countries of the Spanish-speaking world in written and spoken formats.
- Undertake cultural analysis with reference to historical periods.
|Resources List available at: |
Essential for language learning:
Grammar explanations and weekly e-learning exercises on Learn and weekly discussion board exercises.
Recommended for language learning:
Juan Kattán-Ibarra and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context (Routledge)
Pilar Muñoz and Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (Arnold)
Richmond Compact Spanish-English Dictionary
Other essential readings are available via the course Resources List at:
When students arrive, we will also supply them with a dossier of works and make the following films available: Cabeza de Vaca (Dir. Nicolás Echevarría, 1991) and También la lluvia (Dir. Icíar Bollaín, 2010)
Selected poems by Rosario Castellanos (on Learn)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
|Course organiser||Dr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026