SPAN10110 Reading Hispanic Texts

Academic Year 2020/2021

This is a foundational module is for all level-one students of Spanish. Texts are read in Spanish with translations, synopses, and vocabulary lists made available for those studying Spanish as beginners. This will aid students in their reading, comprehension and literary appreciation of the original Spanish texts. The module will entail the study of various genres of literature.

The aim of this module is to empower students to become independent, critical readers of Spanish cultural texts. Using close reading skills, students learn to reflect upon their own readings, to use appropriate terminology drawn from the language of literary criticism and to express their analyses in carefully crafted commentaries, essays, as well as in a seminar setting.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- reason, argue and clearly express in accurate written English (or Spanish if desired) their own readings of the prescribed texts;
- reflect on, modify, and improve their command of Spanish;
- deliver cogent and persuasive analyses of prescribed literary topics in a seminar setting.

Indicative Module Content:

This is for information purposes only, based on the schedule for 2020-21 and is provisional and subject to change:

Indicative Lecture Schedule:

Week 1: Introduction

Weeks 2-4: Teatro español

Weeks 5-7: Poesía española

Weeks 8: How to write a literary essay

Weeks 9 - 11: Microrelato español

Week 12: Wrap-up

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
As the learning objectives of seminars may be compromised by social distancing and the wearing of facemasks, all classes classes will take place online, and are scheduled according to the university timetable. Active participation in these classes is required. In addition to that, full engagement wilth material and tasks made accessible in Brightspace is expected every week.

The module combines traditional delivery of material through lectures, tutorial activities and discussions, as well as online discussions.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

A basic level of Spanish language proficiency (Level A2 of the European Framework, or its equivalent) is required.

Learning Recommendations:

This module studies literary texts written in Spanish. It is not recommended that this module be taken without parallel study of the language modules SPAN 10050 or SPAN10150, except by students with adequate attainment in the language.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
SPAN10120 - Reading Hispanic Texts (Beg)

Intro to Hispanic Studies II (SPAN10070), Intro to Hisp Stds II (Beg) (SPAN10080)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Timed quiz on topics, terms, and texts covered in the module. End of trimester MCQ n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: 500-word blog posts in response to discussion questions. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: 1,000-word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Formative feedback will be given to students on reading and writing skills relating to the first two submitted tasks. Feedback will be given to students individually, either in a ]tutorial setting or with individual lecturers, or via online feedback.

Name Role
Dr Diana Battaglia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Philip Johnston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tara Plunkett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Katherine Gosling Tutor
Maria Polotto Tutor