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Module Title LI Structures and Varieties of the Modern Hispanic Languages
SchoolLan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Modern Languages
Module Code 09 30826
Module Lead Alice Corr/Norma Schifano
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This practical, task-based module will take a scientific approach to our understanding and knowledge of the Hispanic languages. Focusing on their specialist language (i.e. Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan), students will, over the course of the module, examine the various components of the linguistic system—i.e. the sound system, word-structure system and sentence-structure system—of the language in question, learning to identify and analyse how each part operates and interacts with each other in order for successful communication to take place. Through this scientific approach to language, students will develop and deploy ‘STEM’ skills to understand and explain how and why their specialist language operates as it does, and the ways in which it differs from other Hispanic languages.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • identify the key components of their specialist language’s linguistic system.
  • apply basic techniques of morphological (word-structure) analysis to describe the linguistic structure of words in their specialist language.
  • apply basic techniques of syntactic (sentence-structure) analysis to describe aspects of the linguistic structure of sentences in their specialist language.
  • draw connections between the linguistic system of their specialist language, and the linguistic systems of other Hispanic language, identifying and articulating both similarity and difference across linguistic systems of modern Hispanic languages.
Assessment 30826-01 : Portfolio of evidence : Coursework (35%)
30826-02 : Linguistic exercises : Coursework (65%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

1 x portfolio of evidence of linguistic exercises and class discussion (1000-word equivalent) (35%, in English).

1 x set of linguistic exercises (1000-word equivalent) (65%, in English).


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