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Spanish Language through Films (LL295) - Updated for 2017/18

(Equivalent to level 6)

This module runs in Term 1. Please also see Spanish through Translation for Term 2.

Summary

Level:

Advanced. The module is offered to students who already have an advanced knowledge of Spanish: i.e. good A level + 1 year of further study (or equivalent), or who have successfully completed Spanish 5 at the Language Centre.

Main Objectives:

This module is designed to help students achieve a high level of language proficiency in Spanish and to maximise their experience of the language. It is structured around viewing and discussing feature-length films in Spanish to foster a better understanding of Latin American and Spanish societies and to explore contemporary issues and the linguistic variants portrayed in the films.

Credits:

15 CREDITS, also available for 12 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for nine weeks (including written examination).
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 120 hours. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Languages@Warwick (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Tutors:

Ana Devenport

Course Text

No textbook is required. Selected texts will be provided.

The films studied will be made available to students at the Language Centre or at the Transnational Resource Centre.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of language proficiency by conversing more fluently, confidently and spontaneously in Spanish in a variety of contexts.
  • Use their increased knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary to follow and understand films and extended speech, and summarise, clearly, complex subjects.
  • Identify and synthesise in Spanish core arguments in films, texts and discussions to enable them to debate contemporary issues and/or produce their own analysis in formal short presentations.
  • Demonstrate an extended grammatical and syntactical knowledge of Spanish by applying high level research, analytical, summarising, reading and writing skills.
  • Show a higher degree of intercultural awareness such as the changing social environment and the cultural and linguistic diversity in the Spanish-speaking world.

Course Description

The module:

  • Is taught entirely in Spanish.
  • Is structured around watching a weekly film in Spanish.
  • Requires students to write a weekly essay and to actively participate in class discussions.
  • Draws on aural and written documents such as reports, interviews, documentaries, articles, reviews, forums, etc., about topics explored or inspired by the films.