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

Undergraduate Course: Spanish Language 2 (ELCH08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySpanish Language 2 will refine the language skills acquired in Spanish 1A and 1B, and further develop written, oral, reading, and aural skills. We will practise using complex grammatical structures and extended vocabularies.

Course description Taught in the target language, Spanish Language 2 will hone skills gained in Spanish 1A and 1B in structuring and communicating ideas both orally and in writing.

Weekly spoken language classes will combine listening comprehension work with oral expression. Materials are provided in the textbook and on Learn. During the other weekly class hour students will learn new grammatical structures and concepts in order to produce clear, detailed written texts on a wide range of subjects and to explain their point of view on topical issues. The written class will use the text book and exercises on Learn. In advance of both classes students will prepare complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics from different Spanish-speaking countries.

Students are expected to undertake a very substantial amount of study outside class on a regular basis.

At the end of the academic year, Spanish Language 2 students should have achieved a language level equivalent to a consolidated B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Spanish 1A (ELCH08001) OR Spanish 1B (ELCH08002)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 2 (ELCH08018)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of primary texts.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents MUST also take: Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 2 (ELCH08018)
Visiting students wishing to enrol on this course must be in Edinburgh for the full year and can only enrol with the explicit permission of the Course Organiser. The course must be relevant to their curriculum.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) COURSEWORK 55%:
Oral Exam (15%)
Course engagement (S1) (9%)
Course engagement (S2) (9%)
Written work 1 (S1) (10%),
Written work 2 (S2) (10%)
Online test 1 (S1) (2%)
Online test 2 (S2) (2%)
Online test 3 (S2) (2%)
In-class written assessment (S1) (11%)
EXAM 30%
Feedback E-Learning units, online tests and the grammar test (available on Learn) will provide instant electronic corrections and feedback. Students will also receive written feedback on the two written language exercises.
In addition to feedback on the assessed coursework, students will receive formative feedback (i.e. for work that does not officially count towards your final mark) on class exercises.
During oral classes, students will receive feedback on their oral presentation and will focus on their spoken language performance (content, accuracy, pronunciation and accent).
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)9:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show a nuanced command of Spanish vocabulary, grammar and syntax.
  2. Produce spontaneous, clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
  3. Understand a wide range of sophisticated texts.
  4. Speak and interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without much obvious searching for expressions.
  5. Demonstrate the linguistic competence to meet with the demands of living and either studying or working in a Spanish-speaking environment.
Reading List
Nuevo Avance Superior B2. Libro del alumno

Nuevo Avance Superior B2. Cuaderno de ejercicios
Spanish Grammar in Context
Oxford Spanish-English Dictionary
Diccionario de la Real Academia EspaƱola
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT skills
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
Special Arrangements In Semester 1 an additional one hour grammar class will be delivered to students who enter Spanish 2 via Spanish 1A.
Course organiser Helena Gonzalez Ruiz
Tel: (01316) 517112
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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