Spanish 3 or equivalent recommended (contact tutor for guidance)
This language course builds on skills acquired in Spanish 3 and aims to develop students’ oral and written communication skills to an advanced level, with an emphasis on academic speech and writing skills. In addition, the class seeks to develop awareness of dialect, register, and stylistic differences in Spanish while studying and debating academic and journalistic articles related to history/public policy, literature/cultural analysis, and linguistics. This is an interactive course in which a variety of authentic materials are used and students play an active role in weekly discussions.
When completing this course the students will be able to:
read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints
understand specialized articles and technical instructions related to their field of study
express themselves in clear, well-structured texts, expressing points of view at some length
write about complex and/or academic subjects in an essay or a report underlying the most salient issues
write an academic paper following an expository or an argumentative structure
understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes
take an active part in discussions of familiar matters and debates of academic related topics accounting for and sustaining their views with reasonable precision
present clear, detailed descriptions and/or argumentations of complex and/or academic subjects, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion
The course will also support the development of the transferable skills:
Verbal communication (presenting, speaking, listening)
Written communication (writing skills, reporting, summarizing)
Collaboration (teamwork, group support, attendance)
Critical thinking (asking questions, check assumptions)
Intercultural skills (communication between different cultures)
Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, bear mistakes, accountability)
Analytical skills (analytical thinking, abstraction, evidence)
The timetable is available on the Latin American Studies website
Mode of instruction
Assessment and weighing
Final written paper: 30%
Final Oral presentation: 30%
Weekly written contributions: 20%
Weekly oral presentations: 20%
The final mark for this course is established by determining the weighted average.
For all components (project rewriting and oral presentation): 100% of final mark.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
A dossier with reading and discussing material will be provided via Brightspace.
Muñoz-Basols, J. et al., (2012) Developing Writing Skills in Spanish. Routledge: Oxford
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Studiecoördinator: Tim Sanders
Minimum 80% attendance required. No make-up assignments will be provided for missed classes or homework. Missed presentations will result in Insufficient.