University of Chester

Programme Specification
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester Parkgate Road Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

4

7 Years

Annual - September

R45T

T731

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Modern Languages

Languages, Cultures and Societies (2015)

Modern Languages

Tuesday 28th March 2017

  • To provide opportunities for students to pursue the study of Spanish and Portuguese languages along with related areas in the Iberian peninsula and Latin America as a single honours degree course, through a programme which is intellectually stimulating and academically demanding.

  • To provide opportunities for the development of linguistic competence so as to enable students to become confident, independent users of Spanish and Portuguese in terms of comprehension and production of the spoken and written language including knowledge of Latin American varieties.

  • To increase awareness of the mechanisms of language in order to support and enhance the acquisition of high level language skills.
  • To enable students to acquire substantial knowledge of and sensitivity to social, political and cultural features of modern Spain and Portugal and the Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America.

  • To provide opportunities to pursue personal and academic interests in the area of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, and to encourage autonomous learning, self-direction and research.

  • To provide opportunities, through study or work placements abroad, for an extended period of contact with the Spanish and Portuguese languages, and Iberian and Latin American societies and cultures, which will contribute to greatly enhanced linguistic abilities and greater understanding of significant aspects of life in Spain, Portugal, and both Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Latin America.

  • To foster students’ personal development and employability skills, and to increase their inter-cultural awareness.

  • To develop expertise in transferable, vocational skills such as digital capabilities, improving own learning, effective oral and written communication in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, which will enhance employment prospects.

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of Spanish and Portuguese (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102)
  7. Working environments and practices in Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following:

  1. A range of translated literary texts in their intellectual and historical contexts (EU4103)
  2. Film and its global, historical and social contexts (ML4111)
  3. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106)

In SP4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple
connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In PT4101 students will reach A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages: "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of Spanish and Portuguese (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102, EU5000, ML5200, SP5201, SP5222, PT5201)
  7. Working environments and practices in Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following:

  1. A range of translated literary texts in their intellectual and hitorical contexts (EU4103, EU5203)
  2. Film and its global, historical and social contexts (ML4111, ML5211)
  3. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106, ML5207)

In SP5202 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In PT5201 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages: "Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need."

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of Spanish and Portuguese (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201, PT6000, SP6302)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201, EU5000, ML5200, PT6000, SP6302, SP6303, SP6320)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201, EU5000, ML5200, PT6000, SP6302, SP6303, SP6320)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102, EU5000, ML5200, SP5201, SP5222, PT5201, PT6000, SP6301, SP6313, SP6320)
  7. Working environments and practices in Spain, Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201, ML5200, EU5000, PT6000, SP6320)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following:

  1. A range of translated literary texts in their intellectual and historical contexts (EU4103, EU5203, EU6301)
  2. Film and its global, historical and social contexts (ML4111, ML5211, EU6103)
  3. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106, ML5207, ML6304)

In SP6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

In PT6000 most students will have reached a stage equivalent to B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options." Those who have spent less time in a Portuguese speaking environment will have elements of B1 "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple
connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis. (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and English (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English. (SP4101, PT4101)
  6. Skills in translation. (SP4101, PT4101)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language. (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102)

 

In SP4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple
connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In PT4101 students will reach A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages: "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis. (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201, EU5000, ML5200)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English. (SP4101, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201, ML5200)
  6. Skills in translation. (SP4101, PT4101, SP5201)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language. (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201)

In SP5202 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In PT5201 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages: "Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need."

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis. (SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201, EU5000, ML5200, PT6000, SP6301, SP6303, SP6320)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English. (SP4101, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201, ML5200, EU5000, PT6000, SP6302, SP6303)
  6. Skills in translation. (SP4101, PT4101, SP5201, PT5201, PT6000, SP6301, SP6303)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language. (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201, PT6000, SP6302, SP6303, SP6316, SP6320)

In SP6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

In PT6000 most students will have reached a stage equivalent to B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options." Those who have spent less time in a Portuguese speaking environment will have elements of B1 "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple
connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

By the end of level 4 (Cert HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Autonomous reflective learning. (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102)

By the end of level 5 (Dip HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility. (ML5200, WB5101)
  2. The ability to engage in a variety of transactional situations (relating to accommodation, enrolment at university, banking, etc.) (SP5201, PT5201, ML5200)
  3. Autonomous reflective learning. (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201, ML5200, WB5101)

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility. (ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, WB5101)
  2. The ability to engage in a variety of transactional situations (relating to accommodation, enrolment at university, banking, etc.) (SP5201, PT5201, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000)
  3. Autonomous reflective learning. (SP4101, PT4101, PT4102, SP5201, PT5201, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, WB5101)

By the end of level 4 (Cert HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (ML4106, ML4111, PT4101, PT4102, SP4101, SP4121)
  3. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  4. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (ML4111, SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102)

In SP4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple
connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In PT4101 students will reach A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages: "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

By the end of level 5 (Dip HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (EU5203, ML4106, ML4111, PT4101, PT4102, SP4101, SP4121, ML5207, ML5211,  PT5201, SP5201)
  3. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  4. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (EU5203, ML4111, SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102, EU5000, ML5211, ML5200, PT5201, SP5201, SP5222)

In SP5202 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In PT5201 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages: "Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need."

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (EU5203 EU6301, ML4106, ML4111, PT4101, PT4102, SP4101, SP4121, ML5207, ML5211,  PT5201, SP5201, PT6000, SP6301, SP6302, SP6320)
  3. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  4. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (EU5203, EU6301, ML4111, SP4101, SP4121, PT4101, PT4102, EU5000, ML5211, ML5200, PT5201, SP5201, SP5222, PT6000, SP6301, SP6303, SP6316, SP6320)

In SP6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

In PT6000 most students will have reached a stage equivalent to B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options." Those who have spent less time in a Portuguese speaking environment will have elements of B1 "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple
connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

STRUCTURE DIAGRAM SPANISH, PORTUGUESE AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES SINGLE HONOURS

CORE

OPTIONS (all 20 credits except dissertation)
LEVEL FOUR

SP4101 Spanish in Context (40 credits)

SP4121 Introduction to Hispano-American Studies (20 credits)

PT4101 Introduction to Portuguese (20 credits)

PT4102 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Studies (20 credits)

One x 20-credit module from:
  1. EU4103 Introduction to Literature in Translation
  2. ML4106 Introduction to Visual Cultures
  3. ML4111 Cultural History and Film

 

LEVEL FIVE

SP5201 Contemporary Spain (40 credits)

SP5222 Hispano-American Studies Extended Essay (20 credits)

PT5201 Further Portuguese (20 credits) 

One 20-credit module to be chosen from:
  1. EU5203 Further Literature in Translation
  2. ML5207 Visualising Global Cultures
  3. ML5211 Film and Society
and one 20-credit module from:
  1. ML5200 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement
  2. ML5202 International Employability Project
  3. ML5210 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL
  4. WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work-based Learning

ONE-YEAR PLACEMENTS ABROAD

(Single Year Abroad Placement EU5000)

or

(Split Year Abroad Placement ML5000)

    Study placement (Erasmus)

    English language assistantship

    Work placement 

LEVEL SIX

Core modules:

SP6302 Advanced Spanish and Hispanic Studies (20 credits)

SP6316 Iberian/Latin American Studies Dissertation (40 credits)

SP6320 Revolutionary Latin America (20 credits)

PT6000 Subsidiary Language Project (Portuguese) (20 credits)

One x 20-credit modules from:

  1. EU6301 Fiction as Film in Europe
  2. ML6304 Visual Cultures Research Project
  3. SP6301 Translation Techniques and Application (Spanish)
  4. SP6303 Business Spanish

  

  

At each level of the programme, students take a combination of core and option modules. At level 4, all students take the core 40-credit language module: SP4101 Spanish in Context, and 20-credit core modules SP4121 Introduction to Hispano-American Studies, PT4101 Introduction to Portuguese, and PT4102 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Studies. In addition, to complement the core, they choose from one of three option modules worth 20 credits: EU4103 Introduction to Literature in Translation, ML4106 Introduction to Visual Cultures, or ML4111 Cultural History and Film.  

The core modules enable students to consolidate and further develop the ability to understand and communicate in the target languages, written and spoken. The context for the study of languages, which will further students’ knowledge of a range of significant aspects of life in Spain and Portugal and other Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries, is Introduction to Hispano-American Studies and Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Studies. The Visual Cultures or Cultural History and Film options explore some key features in the development of cultural representations in Europe and beyond. These optional modules provide the basis for further study in those areas at levels five and six, and will enable students to follow a particular field of study if they so wish.

At level 5, all students again take a 40-credit core language module, SP5201 Contemporary Spain, which builds on the knowledge and abilities acquired at level 4 and is designed to give students a broader perspective on Spanish society. Through the study of written and recorded texts related to significant historical, political, economic, social and environmental issues, students will extend their knowledge of contemporary Spain as they further develop their linguistic proficiency. The module also focuses strongly on practical issues and is orientated towards preparing students for work and study abroad in their forthcoming placements. The second core module, SP5222 Hispano-American Studies Extended Essay, provides students with an early opportunity to research an appropriate subject of their own choice and produce a substantial piece of writing in the target language. The remaining core module is PT5201 Further Portuguese, building on learning in the level 4 language module but also expanding students' awareness of Brazilian varieties of Portuguese and key aspects of Brazilian area studies. Students take one Modern Languages option in addition to their core, choosing an area studies module from the following three options: EU5203 Further Literature in Translation, ML5211 Film and Society and ML5207 Visualising Global Cultures. Each of these modules develops one of the areas of study introduced at level 4 and enables students to pursue interests in cinema, literature or wider culture. The corresponding level 4 module is not, however, a pre-requisite. Once again, the content and the assessment of these modules allow students of Spanish to focus more on Spanish-speaking countries than on the other countries examined.

The final weeks of level 5 are devoted to work-based or experiential learning. Students may choose from: ML5200 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement, ML5202 International Employability Project, ML5210 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL, or WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning. The first of these modules provides an initial opportunity for a placement in Spain (or another Spanish-speaking country including a group placement in Costa Rica), either as a student at one of our partner universities or in the workplace. The placements will normally last between 7 and 12 weeks. Students who request Erasmus grants for study placements will need to be at the partner university for 12 weeks in order to qualify for funding. Students of all disciplines may take module WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work-based Learning.

On completion of level 5, students have two module options for their year abroad. Through EU5000 they may spend the year studying at a partner university in Spain (with the opportunity to follow Portuguese language modules in the Universidade de Vigo or the University of Granada) or in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country, or working in a school as language assistants via the British Council. Alternatively, they are encouraged to divide the year abroad between Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries by choosing module ML5000, splitting the year between partner universities in two countries within the Erasmus or ISEP exchange programmes in Europe and/or Latin America. Alternatively, they may undertake a suitable work placement (EU5000) or work placements (ML5000), subject to approval by the Programme Leader. Our Erasmus partner in Portugal is the Universidade de Lisboa, while students can alternatively study in Portuguese-speaking Brazil through the ISEP programme in the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (São Paulo). Through the ISEP exchange programme our students can also study in Latin American universities in the following Spanish-speaking countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay. 

In the course of level 5, prior to the placements abroad, students are given guidance and advice in the form of meetings, tutorials and documentation. A student handbook, updated each year, dealing with administrative procedures and giving practical advice, is issued, and tutorial visits from departmental staff take place at an appropriate point in the year. In order to successfully complete the year abroad, students must submit assignments of a pass standard. They are also required to follow a suitable programme of modules and to pass 20 ECTS credits. Students on assistantships or other work placements are required to carry out their duties appropriately in accordance with their contract or learning agreement. Reports on English language assistants are produced by the school in which they work and sent to the British Council in London. The home institutions subsequently receive a copy of the report and receive their own employer evaluation. Employers’ reports will be submitted for students on work placements other than assistantships. Students who have already spent at least a year in a Spanish-speaking country may be granted accreditation for prior experiential learning (APEL) and exempted from the placement. Students for whom a year would be problematic owing to family commitments or for health reasons might be exempted, and be granted APEL, on condition that alternative arrangements, such as a period of residence in Spain, Portugal or Latin America and a language course during the summer holidays, can be arranged. Any requests for exemption will be examined individually, taking into account the student’s academic needs as well as personal circumstances. Any students who are exempted will be required to produce one project of the type undertaken by students on placements abroad (see module descriptor EU5000) to be submitted at the start of their level 6 studies. Any student who does not successfully complete the year abroad placement (see module descriptor for assessment) will not be awarded the 120 credits for the placement year. They will qualify, on completion of level 6, for the award of BA Ibero-American Studies.

At level 6, all students take the core modules SP6302 Advanced Spanish and Hispanic Studies, SP6306 Spanish Dissertation, SP6316 Iberian/Latin American Studies Dissertation, SP6320 Revolutionary Latin America and PT6000 Subsidiary Language Project (Portuguese). Core modules are complemented by a free choice of one of four option modules. These are EU6301 Fiction as Film in Europe, ML6304 Visual Cultures Research Project, SP6301 Translation Techniques and Application (Spanish), and SP6303 Business Spanish. This structure ensures that all students continue to work on a range of advanced language skills, while giving them the opportunity to choose options that enable them to focus on areas of particular interest.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
EU4103 4 Introduction to Translated Literature 20 Optional
ML4106 4 Introduction to Visual Cultures 20 Optional
ML4111 4 Cultural History and Film 20 Optional
PT4101 4 Introduction to Portuguese 20 Comp
PT4102 4 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Studies 20 Comp
SP4101 4 Spanish in Context 40 Comp
SP4121 4 Introduction to Hispano-American Studies 20 Comp
EU5000 5 Single Year Abroad Placement 120 Optional
EU5203 5 Further Literature in Translation 20 Optional
ML5000 5 Split Year Abroad Placement 120 Optional
ML5200 5 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement 20 Optional
ML5202 5 International Employability Project 20 Optional
ML5207 5 Visualising Global Cultures 20 Optional
ML5210 5 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL 20 Optional
ML5211 5 Film and Society 20 Optional
PT5201 5 Further Portuguese 20 Comp
SP5201 5 Contemporary Spain 40 Comp
SP5222 5 Hispano-American Studies Extended Essay 20 Comp
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional
EU6301 6 Fiction as Film in Europe 20 Optional
ML6304 6 Visual Cultures Research Project 20 Optional
PT6000 6 Subsidiary Language Project (Portuguese) 20 Comp
SP6301 6 Translation Techniques and Application (Spanish) 20 Optional
SP6302 6 Advanced Spanish and Hispanic Studies 20 Comp
SP6303 6 Business Spanish 20 Optional
SP6316 6 Iberian/Latin American Dissertation 40 Comp
SP6320 6 Revolutionary Latin America 20 Comp

  • LEVEL 4 – The acquisition of 120 credits at level 4 will qualify the student for the award of Certificate in Higher Education.
  • LEVEL 5 – The acquisition of 240 credits, of which at least 120 are at level 5, will qualify the student for the award of Diploma in Higher Education.
  • YEAR ABROAD PLACEMENTS – Students successfully completing the one-year placement abroad (or who are granted APEL on the basis of equivalent experience) will be awarded 120 credits.
  • LEVEL 6 – The acquisition of 120 credits at level 6, giving a TOTAL of 480 CREDITS, will qualify the student for the award of BA Single Honours Spanish. Any student who does not successfully complete the year abroad, and who is not granted APEL on the basis of equivalent experience, will achieve a total of 360 credits for the programme and will qualify for the award of BA Ibero-American Studies.

The normal requirement for admission to the programme is currently:

  • 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent including A Level Spanish
  • GCE A Level: Typical offer BCC/BBC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction/Merit profile plus A Level Spanish
  • Irish Highers/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects including B in Spanish
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points including 5 in HL Spanish
  • QAA recognised Access course, Open College Units or Open University Credits

The programme embraces the defining principles expressed in the Languages, Cultures and Societies benchmarking statement, updated in 2015. Those ‘benchmarks’ or characteristics of the graduate in Languages and Related Studies are reflected in the learning outcomes (see section 26 below), demonstrated through a range of assessment tasks (see section 28 below), and mapped across the programme as a whole, enabling the programme team to match the standards set by the benchmark. Students completing the Single Honours degree in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies will be able to demonstrate the characteristics of the QAA’s Benchmark Document as described below.

1. All graduates of the Single Honours Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies programme will have acquired and developed explicit knowledge of and skills in the two languages through the different levels of the programme. They will have practical competence in the main skills of reception and production, and some skills in mediation between English and the target languages. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired, in particular, through modules: SP4101; SP5201; SP6301; SP6302; PT4101; PT5201; PT6000

2. All students will have acquired knowledge of the culture, communities and societies where the languages are spoken and demonstrate intercultural awareness and understanding. Those skills and that knowledge will typically have been acquired through, among others, modules: SP4121; PT4102; SP5201; PT5201; SP6301; PT6000

3. Graduates of the programme will, in addition to the knowledge and skills closely related to the study of their chosen subject, also have acquired the generic skills (cognitive, practical and interpersonal) described in the next section of this document. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: SP4101; PT4101; SP5201; PT5201; SP6302; PT6000

4. Students will have developed their skills through an integrated process of learning, involving a range of classroom activities (largely in the target languages), appropriate specialist coursework, and independent study and learning. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: SP4101; SP4121; PT4101; PT4102; SP5201; PT5201; SP6302; SP6306; SP6320; PT6000

5. Thanks to a period of residence abroad, students of Single Honours Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies will have benefited from opportunities to develop their linguistic competence in an authentic context and to consolidate their cultural knowledge and understanding. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through modules ML5200, and either EU5000 or ML5000.

6. They will have made substantial use of appropriate educational technology, including video, multi-media and computing facilities, and will have benefited from access to electronic as well as conventional printed texts. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: SP4101;SP4121; PT4101; PT4102; SP5201; PT5201; SP6302.

7. The acquisition of competence in the target languages will have enhanced the students’ ability to engage in types of textual analysis that will have enabled them to acquire knowledge and understanding of cultural, political, economic or business areas relevant to the societies they study. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: SP4101; SP4121; PT4101; PT4102; SP5201; PT5201; SP6302.

8. At the higher levels of the programme, students will be expected to demonstrate powers of reflection, interpretation and conception. These higher analytical skills will be necessary to achieve upper second or first class honours. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, all Level 6 modules, in particular the Dissertation module SP6316 and the Subsidiary Language Project (Portuguese) module PT6000.

9. A range of appropriate assessment methods will have been used to measure the students’ knowledge and competence in the languages and related areas.

10. The graduate in Single Honours Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies will thus have been involved in a range of challenging linguistic and intellectual activities, will have developed a high level of learner autonomy, and acquired a range of useful transferable skills.

Students experience a variety of methods of teaching and learning which are related to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and to the development of language skills and key skills as described above. The language classes are primarily in workshop mode, emphasising group and pair work, which promotes student-centred learning and a high level of in-class participation. Sessions cover a range of activities which permit work on many aspects of language learning. Each student is encouraged to be a full participant in the learning process, with the tutor, much of the time, serving as facilitator. In order to maintain interest and stimulate learning, the activities and materials employed are varied. Given the considerable availability of online materials, extensive use is made of these sources and students Digital Capabilities are developed.  Learning and Information Services (LIS) also has an important input in the area of skills development, particularly IT-related, across the University. The Moodle VLE is used in all modules and it forms a particularly important resource for supporting student learning through uploaded documents and presentations, links to online sources and scanned book chapters and articles. In core modules SP4101, SP5201, SP6302, PT4101, PT5207, PT6000 in particular, extensive listening resources are also made available. The Department uses online tests for grammar, reading comprehension and listenting comprehension skills in PT4101, PT5207 and SP4101 and students complete translation tests in SP6301 and listening tests in SP6302 using computers in the language laboratories. In addition,  discussion boards are integrated into the assessment of SP4121, PT4102, EU5000 and ML500.  Use of the extensive range of learning support materials for the programme stored on the intranet can also be accessed off campus, facilitating working from home. The Department has three computer-based language laboratories, two study/conversation rooms and a resource room with materials which support independent as well as class-based learning and enable the Modern Languages teams to incorporate greater use of the above activities in the classes and in students’ independent learning time.  

The option modules, such as those on Film and Visual Cultures, are delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, and student-led seminars. The Film modules have timetabled regular screenings of the principal films studied. These are available from the University library or from module tutors for private study. Film viewing is an essential activity for students in their independent study time, particularly in the preparation of essays and seminar papers and links to online versions of films are provided where possible.  Guidance and support for seminar presentations, essays, and other items of assessed coursework is provided in the form of individual or group tutorials. Tutorials are the teaching mode for dissertations, special study and translation projects. Seminar presentations for language and non-language modules are usually in pairs or small groups, offering students the benefits of engaging in collaborative work. Students, of course, learn a great deal from each other, in particular in team projects such as seminar preparation, discussion/debate and group presentations. In developing their abilities to interact, communicate, and to present information, they will acquire crucial skills for employment or for further study.

The Modern Languages Department’s strategy for this programme is to ensure that students engage in a variety of assessment tasks at each level in order to demonstrate their achievement of the full range of learning outcomes, and to provide opportunities for formative assessment and feedback. The degree of difficulty of similar types of task increases as students progress. Assessments also match increasing levels of learner autonomy and students’ ability to reflect on their learning. Knowledge, understanding and skills are thus assessed by a variety of means: oral presentations and discussions/debates, translations, written reports, summaries and essays, listening tests, extended essays, dissertations, individual oral exams, written exams or class tests. This range of assessments permits a thorough evaluation of student attainment at the different levels of the programme. Throughout the process, both linguistic proficiency and subject knowledge (for example, of social or political issues) are evaluated. In the ‘ML’ modules, the assessment regime enables students of Spanish to focus more on the study of Spain and Spanish culture, language and society. At all levels, the submission of assignments is spread across the academic year. Formative assessment and feedback are part of an on-going process throughout the programme. The Modern Languages Department has developed a range of task-specific assignment submission forms, used across all three languages, the purpose of which is to ensure greater consistency of marking and to make students more aware of how their assignments are evaluated. The assignment submission forms cover each type of assessment task, including those of the placements abroad. They also help to ensure that every aspect of the students’ programme is assessed and directly relates to the range of activities that comprise their learning experience. Each criteria sheet has a corresponding cover sheet on which students are required to provide a self-evaluation of their work or performance. They also serve as feedback sheets with additional comments provided by the tutor which inform students’ reflection on progress and targets documented in feed-forward forms. The assessment process thus assesses progressively throughout the programme the whole range of skills and knowledge the students can be expected to acquire. It covers their comprehension of written and recorded sources, their ability to synthesise, their accuracy and fluency. The process also assesses skills in presentation and structure, and in translation and summary. The ability to engage in personal research and present the findings in writing and orally is assessed, in particular, in the special study and dissertation modules at level 6. Much of the oral assessment takes place in the language workshops in the form of presentations and debate. Assessment of the short placements abroad, towards the end of level 5, is based on the submission of a project or equivalent which will demonstrate the students’ knowledge and understanding of a particular topic or working environment as well their inter-cultural awareness and the ability to reflect on their experience. Depending on whether students undertake a single year placement or split year placement (in the case of some students of more than one language), the assessment includes one or two research projects on a subject or subjects of national, regional or local interest. They must also submit a personal development portfolio (PDP) which consists of an initial statement of aims, a reflective learning log – in the target language – of their experience abroad, and a summary of the overall experience. The PDP is submitted online, in regular instalments, via the Moodle VLE. Students at partner universities must also follow a suitable programme of modules, and provide proof of their attendance by means of a signed certificate. Those working as assistants or in other occupations must successfully complete their placement in accordance with their work contract or learning agreement.

The section on benchmarking (section 27) clearly describes the attributes that a Languages graduate will have acquired. The commentary below reflects and expands upon that section.

  1. Students successfully completing the programme will have acquired a range of high-level skills in a major world language. These will typically include: the ability to understand items of complex written or spoken language and effectively convey the information or important elements of the information therein, orally or in writing; the ability to translate complex texts in an appropriate style and register with a high degree of accuracy; the ability to present topics orally in a clear, coherent and structured manner and respond effectively to questions in the target language; the ability to successfully discuss or debate, in the target language, subjects of a topical or controversial nature; the ability to plan and produce, in the target languages, written argument of high quality in terms of accuracy, fluency, structure, coherence and content on a range of academically demanding subjects.
  2. In addition to these specific language-related skills, students will have demonstrated competence in undertaking independent research, using a range of skills to collect, interpret, synthesise and effectively present information and comment in written form or orally (in the target language or English) on relevant subjects from the area of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
  3. They will have acquired detailed knowledge and understanding of European and Latin American culture and politics – and, in some cases, business contexts – with specific reference to Spain. They will be able to show a critical awareness of some of the important historical and cultural factors that have shaped modern European and Latin American societies and be able to demonstrate a degree of informed critical judgement. Thanks to their period(s) of residence abroad they will have acquired inter-cultural awareness and capability.
  4. They will have acquired an ability to read texts closely and carefully and to make connections and comparisons across the range of their reading. They will possess knowledge which will enhance their ability to interpret different ideas and values represented in different types of texts. They will be able to appreciate the importance of scholarly standards of presentation and of writing accurately, clearly and effectively.
  5. Graduates of the programme will have acquired skills relevant to a range of professional contexts, including, of course, those for which high level language skills are a requirement, and will be more likely to find employment outside the UK.

The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to promote equality of opportunity in all its activities. All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of the protected characteristics of age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally. Each case will be examined individually and the University learning support plans will provide guidance and support as appropriate in, for example, support provision in lectures, examination and research, specialist equipment and funding applications. On campus the programme is delivered in the Binks Building, which is fully accessible. International students, from continental Europe and beyond, who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the learning community at the University. Specific support and guidance for international students is provided in particular through the International Student Welfare Officer.

One of the distinguishing features of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies programme is that it offers the possibility of two different placements abroad. All students undertake a whole year placement between levels 5 and 6 and may undertake another, shorter one in the final part of level 5. This provides an excellent opportunity for an extended period of contact with Spanish and Portuguese languages and the cultures of Iberian and Latin American countries. Grants are currently available for Erasmus study and work placements in Europe, and students on placements pay reduced fees to their home university. Student on placements in ISEP partner universities pay a small fee to participate in the programme. Students working as English language assistants abroad or on work placements receive a salary (currently in addition to an Erasmus grant in Europe) and also pay reduced fees.

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