Undergraduate Course: Spanish 1B (ELCH08002)
|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 1B 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 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 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 1B invites you to explore how diverse cultural forms have engaged with foundational moments in Spain and Spanish America. As well as a weekly lecture, students also attend weekly seminars.
Independent class preparation and study are vital for all aspects of learning on the Spanish 1B course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Spanish at Grade B in Higher, A-level or equivalent.
70% in Foundation Spanish 3 at the first attempt;
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. The Proficiency Test will be available on the course Learn page and should be completed by 15th September and emailed to the Course Organiser for assessment. Depending on the results, course registration would be changed to Spanish 1A.
Other students whose qualifications in Spanish are more than 3 years old may also take the Proficiency Test to determine whether Spanish 1A or 1B would be more appropriate.
The test will be available online on Learn and students are required to complete it by 15th September.
Please note that changing from 1B to 1A is not allowed in any other circumstances.
|Additional Costs|| Textbooks.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
LANGUAGE (written and spoken), 50%:
2 online tests (5%, 2.5% each),
2 written assignments (20%, 10% each),
1 in-class written assignment (20%),
1 group oral presentation (5%), Students will give two oral presentation during the course, only the best mark will count
Weekly e-learning exercises (formative, 0%),
1 research poster (15%)
1 online bibliography test (5%),
1 take-home comparative commentary (30%)
E-learning exercises (formative, 0%)
|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 supporting grammar book:
Universo gramatical (Edinumen, 2014)
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
Essential for history, literature and culture:
Sanchis Sinisterra, José. ¡Ay, Carmela!/El lector por horas (Editorial Austral, Madrid).
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)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
|Keywords||DELC Spanish 1B
|Course organiser||Dr Sergi Mainer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8966
|Course secretary||Ms Bronwen Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026