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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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. Auditing (Class Only) is not allowed.
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 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. 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 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 Friday 15th September.

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.

Auditing (Class Only) is not allowed.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
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 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) COURSEWORK 60%:
Assessed Language Coursework 1 (5%)
Assessed Language Coursework 2 (5%)
Assessed Language Coursework 3 (10%)
Assessed Language Coursework 4 (10%)
Assessed Language Coursework 5 (10%)
E-Learning (4%)
Unit 1 Final Assessment (6%)
Literature Assessment (10%)

EXAM 40%:
Oral exam (10%): in-person, one-to-one exam
Language exam (30%): in-person exam scheduled by registry consisting of a reading comprehension (30 marks), grammar exercises (30 marks) and a 250-word essay in Spanish on one of the three topics provided (40 marks). 2-hour written exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The student will be able to understand the main points of the Spanish language grammar with strong input on vocabulary and familiar matters of day to day living.
  2. The student will be able to understand and express themselves in the target language and deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  3. The student will be able to produce a spontaneous written essay connected to the topics learned on the course.
  4. The student will be able to describe personal experiences and events, briefly giving reasons and explanations for opinions and future plans.
  5. The student will be able to achieve basic analytical skills through a literature composition.
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 Department of European Languages and Cultures Teaching Office, 50 George Square, 1.07. Tel 0131 650 3635.
KeywordsDELC Spanish 1A
Course organiserDr Anna Vives
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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