SPAN10110 Reading Hispanic Texts

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a foundational module 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 and film criticism and to express their analyses in carefully crafted commentaries, essays, as well as in a tutorial setting.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- use close analysis to develop a persuasive argument about prescribed texts in relation to their context and form/medium
- 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

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative module schedule for 2024 which is subject to change:

Weeks 1-3: Theatre
Week 4-6: Poetry
Week 7-9: Cinema
Weeks 10-12: Prose

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered through one weekly 50-minute lecture and one weekly 50-minute tutorial, which are timetabled on different days. Lectures and tutorials will take place in person unless otherwise specified and are scheduled according to the university timetable, so students should make sure to check the timeslots, rooms, and the tutorial group in which they have been enrolled carefully. Attendance of both lectures and tutorial groups is crucial for successful engagement with this module, so students must inform their tutor if there is a reason why they are unable to attend class. Active participation in tutorials and full engagement with material and tasks made accessible in Brightspace is expected every week.

The resit assignment for this module will be a 1000-word essay. 
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
Continuous Assessment: 2 x 500-word commentaries (from a choice of three) related to each unit of the module Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: 1000-word academic research essay relating to one of the units studied Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% 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. Individual feedback will be provided to students online and collective feedback on common issues that emerge in these commentaries will be given in tutorials.

Name Role
Dr Diana Battaglia Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eva Bru-Dominguez Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Farrelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Philip Johnston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Hannie Lawlor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tara Plunkett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Erika Teichert Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Monica Galindo Gonzalez Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 14:00 - 14:50