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Module

SPA2019 : World Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian MacKenzie
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In accordance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to build on skills gained at Stage 1, to introduce students to the different varieties of Spanish that are spoken in the world.

Students will learn about varieties of Spanish throughout the world: Spain, Latin America, USA, Philippines and Equatorial Guinea. The lectures look at Spanish on a region-by-region basis, but students will be expected to adopt a thematic perspective, using the data to address such issues as the standard language versus regional varieties, social variation, languages in contact (Andes, Meso America, Paraguay, USA), creole Spanish (Pacific and Caribbean), archaism in the Americas, linguistic drift and dialect classification.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics as follows:
1. Castilian Spanish, 2. Atlantic Spanish, 3. The African contribution, 4. Creole Spanish in the Americas, 5. Creole elements in Vernacular Caribbean Spanish, 6. Indigenous influences in the Andes, 7. Guarani influences on Spanish in Paraguay, 8. Indigenous influences on Spanish in Mesoamerica, 9. Spanish in the USA, 10. Southern Cone Spanish, 11. Pacific Coast Spanish, 12. Highland Colombia & Venezuela, 13. Mexican & Central American Spanish, 14. Spanish in the Philippines.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion198:0098:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Including pre- and post- lecture reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching facilitates targeted engagement with key issues on the syllabus, while structured research and reading activities deepen students’ learning, in addition to fostering core research skills and critical thinking.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests students’ ability to research a topic independently and to use data to construct a coherent and persuasive argument.

Reading Lists

Timetable