Seville Oranges

A Post Level 5 or equivalent module in Spanish language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
  • Thursdays 16.00-18.00 
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
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A communicative high level module for students providing a base for the study of Contemporary Spain, social and demographic trends, cultural and economic issues, science and technology.

This is a high level language module for students in their third year of Spanish study post A-level or fourth year post A/S level. 

This module aims: -

  • To further the students’ competence in the command of complex grammatical structures and vocabulary.
  • To examine various types of discourse and function, e.g. to present topics of a technical or scientific nature to the class and discuss the presentation of others.
  • To introduce students to a range of current political and economic issues and history.

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the C1/C2 standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following: -

  • Successfully completed Spanish Level 5
  • Already achieved C1 or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

This module is not intended for native or near-native speakers.

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

Alhambra Granada This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Communicate freely and accurately both in speech and in writing on a variety of topics.
  • Compare, contrast and analyse statistical information relating to current socio-economic, political and cultural issues.
  • Give a scientific / technical presentation to a group and answer questions on the topic presented.
  • Write essays or commentaries on the basis of notes taken in class and after some additional reading.

Indicative core content

The module provides a base for the study of Contemporary Spain, social and demographic trends, cultural and economic issues, science and technology. It offers advanced language work aimed to make you aware of the style and register of various types of discourse and their purpose and function in practical situations.

Language practice will comprise essay writing, reading and analysing texts, including texts relating to your main field of study, presenting, commenting, debating and reporting on issues of current interest. A substantial amount of reading in Spanish will be expected. 


  • Coursework 30% - 4 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
  • Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
  • Oral examination 35% - A 25-minute oral examination at the end of the module

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Module materials: 

Much of the material will be introduced in the form of handouts from books, the press, scientific journals, literary extracts and audio-visual material from different sources.

Other materials (available in the library):

Gramática de uso del español. Teoría y práctica. Nivel superior (C1-C2) by Luis Aragonés & Ramón Palencia, SM, 2010, ISBN: 978-84-675-2109-2.

Developing writing skills in Spanish by Javier Muñoz-Basols et al, Routledge, 2012, ISBN: 0415590833

Manual de estilo de la lengua española: MELE 3 by José Martínez de Sousa, Trea, 2007.

Saber escribir by J. Sánchez Lobato, Aguilar, 2007.

A large dictionary, such as the Oxford (Bilingual) Dictionary or María Moliner (Monolingual), ought to be used from the start.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees

"Conversation was encouraged, which is vital for a language course to work, and the style of tuition was very friendly, interactive and even student-centred at times, through constant discussion (oral and written) of topics chosen by the students - when the material studied offered the chance."
"I felt that the broad range of topics covered was very stimulating: historical, literary and other cultural backgrounds of Spain."
"I enjoyed the variety of topics covered and that we were able to give our own input on the topics we were interested in covering."
"I am really glad that rather than focusing on only one or 2 pieces of literature, we could cover topics across many different genres."