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

Undergraduate Course: Spanish 1C (ELCH08020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySpanish 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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 /»
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate accurate use of a wide range of forms in Spanish vocabulary, grammar and syntax.
  2. Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  3. Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.
  4. Demonstrate a cultural knowledge of some of the countries of the Spanish-speaking world in written and spoken formats.
  5. Undertake cultural analysis with reference to historical periods.
Reading List
Resources List available at:

Spanish 1C

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)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

Practice: applied knowledge and understanding

Generic cognitive skills

Communication and ICT

Autonomy, accountability and working with others
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
Course secretaryMiss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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