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LL295-15 Spanish Language through Films

Academic year
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Ana Devenport
Credit value
Module duration
9 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module is the equivalent of a level 6 module in Spanish at the Language Centre.
This module is designed to help students achieve a high level of language proficiency in Spanish and to maximise their experience of the language. It is structured around viewing and discussing feature-length films in Spanish to foster a better understanding of Latin American and Spanish societies and to explore contemporary issues and the linguistic variants portrayed in the films.

Prior knowledge of Spanish required:
-successful completion of Spanish Language Centre level 5
-a B2.2 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference for Languages)
-a good A level or equivalent + 1 year of further study
-or equivalent

Successful completion of Film qualifies students to progress to Spanish language through Translation.

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Module aims

-to produce clear, well-structured, detailed written and oral texts through the on-going analysis of the topics explored in the films.
-to develop listening skills by being exposed to a variety of accents/registers/contexts from the Spanish- speaking world at native speed.
-to enhance cultural awareness.
-to build critical analytical skills.
-to work towards C1.1 of the Common European Framework of Reference

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand speech even when it is not clearly structured and explicit.
  • Demonstrate an extended lexical, grammatical and syntactical knowledge of Spanish.
  • Demonstrate a high level of language proficiency by conversing more fluently and spontaneously in Spanish.
  • Identify, synthesize and present in Spanish core and complex arguments developed in films, texts and discussions.
  • Demonstrate a higher degree of intercultural awareness such as the changing social environment and the cultural and linguistic diversity in the Spanish-speaking world.

This module develops intercultural awareness and helps to prepare students for international student mobility.

Subject specific skills

-Strategies for understanding gist and specific information.
-Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in Spanish.
-Intercultural competence
-Using appropriate resources (linguistic or technological) to produce accurate written assignments.

Transferable skills

-Intellectual skills: criticism, analysis, synthesis.
-Communication skills: writing and oral presentation, defending one’s point of view.
-Organisational skills: independent work, time management.
-Interpersonal skills: flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work with others.

Study time

Type Required
Supervised practical classes 9 sessions of 2 hours (12%)
Private study 130 hours (87%)
Assessment 2 hours (1%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Work on Moodle and homework set by tutor.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Writing exam 50% 1 hour

Written examination

Speaking exam 50% 1 hour

Oral examination in Spanish: 15 minutes + 30 minutes preparation

Feedback on assessment

Individual feedback for learning is given in writing for homework handed in by students and practice exam papers. Feedback on tests is given in class week 1 of term 2.


This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 4 of ULNA-R2R4 Undergraduate German with Spanish

This module is Unusual option for:

  • Year 3 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This module is Option list G for:

  • UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • Year 1 of V7ML Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Tripartite)
    • Year 2 of V7ML Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Tripartite)