Timing and Structure
Wednesdays am plus timeslots to be determined (compatible with the other project timetable) for a weekly supervision with a PhD student (native speaker).
Previous or current study of Spanish at intermediate or advanced level
The aims of the course are to:
- To use Spanish in the context of ﾑlanguages for work and lifeﾒ by including specific scientific and engineering tasks which require specific technical input and knowledge.
- To encourage students to adopt the mode of ﾑlearning languages for lifeﾒ by stimulating independent study and research.
- To increase language performance by means of practice and reinforcement of all four linguistic skills (listening, reading, writing and particularly speaking) so as to be able to operate to a satisfactory level in Hispanic countries or regions.
- To extend technological knowledge and understanding of Hispanic industry in its historic and socio-political environment.
- To encourage the handling of authentic materials in Spanish in any particular format.
NB: First introductory session of 2 hours on Wednesday 6th May 2020.
TOPICS (suggested, please discuss other topics with the Module Leader)
- High-speed train technology in Spain
- Airbus Spain
- Telecommunications in the Hispanic World
- Energy and its exploitation in the Hispanic world
- Dams and canals in Spanish America.
Students will be encouraged to research, dissect and find solutions to existing or potential problems/issues using technology and its application to the Hispanic world. This should be done by using all four linguistic skills and a specific knowledge of the correct terminology and structure of Spanish.
All students will have to submit a report (up to 8 pages) and do a 10 minute oral presentation
- task-based approach - to reflect the realities of current language use.
- skill integration - to operate efficiently in real life.
- language integration - to achieve the greatest degree of realism and authenticity.
- cultural awareness - to operate successfully in a linguistic and social sense.
Weekly: 4 hours contact teaching + 1 hour supervision + 12 hours untimetabled / research.
Group teaching, group work, pair work and individual work will be employed.
The projects will be run from CLIC (Centre for Languages and Inter-Communication) to enable full use of the resources therein.
Assessment will be based on current and technical language (60%) and engineering (40%) content.
- listening: understanding spoken discourse of a technical nature, without prior preparation, and summarising effectively in spoken or written form.
- speaking: initiating technical discussions or responding to them fluently and accurately.
- reading: reading, understanding, interpreting, extracting data from technical sources.
- writing:writing text using the appropriate structure, vocabulary and registers.
A talk on Foreign Language Projects will be given on Wednesday 30th October 2019 from 1-2pm in CLIC Room 1.
|4 pm Friday 22 May 2020||
|4pm Friday 5 June 2020||
Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.
Last modified: 04/10/2019 14:03