module specification

OSL078 - Spanish Stage 4B (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Spanish Stage 4B
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
0 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Open-book practical and Essay/report
Oral Examination 40%   Oral Test
Running in 2020/21
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

In this module students will develop advanced Spanish language skills and work to becoming autonomous users of the target language. Students will learn how to use Spanish in a wide range of contexts, with appropriate register. Special attention will be given to the understanding of complex reading texts and genres and to appreciate language features such as style, tone, register.The course further extends the accurate use of grammatical structures and vocabulary. It also focuses on intercultural communication skills and cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries.
This is a 15 credit module taught on a semester basis. The module is assessed by coursework and an oral test. The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OSL077 or B2/C1 CEFR competence


The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials. Indicative contents will include:

• Development of accurate and coherent oral skills through presentation and group discussion of topics concerning the Spanish-speaking world and current affaires. LO2
• Reading and understanding of a variety of complex texts: opinion articles, blogs, tv/literary/film review. LO1
• Revision and extension of accurate use of grammar structures, lexis, register, syntax. LO3
• Writing skills: professional report, opinion article. LO3
The students will decide on some of the topics to be included in the course programme.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This course will follow a blended learning approach. Students will study Spanish during class and extend and consolidate this with the use of WebLearn and other online and paper based resources. They will develop independent learning skills and language learning strategies. Students will work together and alone, in and out of class and they will receive teacher and peer feedback to enable them to reflect on their learning.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are calibrated on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  On completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning and text genres conventions.

2. Use spoken language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

3. Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Assessment strategy

• The module will be assessed through coursework and a presentation. The coursework will assess learning outcomes 1 and 3, and the presentation will assess learning outcome 2.
• Formative assessment supports students in developing for summative assessment.
• Feedback on assessment is timely, constructive and developmental.
• Processes for marking assessments and for moderating marks are clearly articulated and consistently operated by those involved in the assessment process.


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• Diccionario Clave (2012). Madrid: SM Editores.
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