BA Spanish with Education

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

This specialist BA in Spanish with Education has been created for you to study Spanish, with the vocational benefit of understanding the latest theory and best practice of learning and teaching in the twenty-first century.

This course has a major/minor degree course structure, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Spanish and one-third on the issues  and theories impacting on teaching and learning. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in Spanish.

You will find the study of Spanish with Education to be a highly complementary and stimulating experience with a strong vocational outcome. You can further pursue your interests by selecting from a range of optional modules which will enable you to expand your knowledge of the cultural and socio-political factors that have shaped Spain and Spanish America, and to refine your capacity to analyse them. Cultural modules such as Hispanic Civilization allow you to study the development of Spanish language and culture over time, while modules on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature from Spain and Spanish America will deepen your understanding of linguistic, cultural and political issues. In addition, you will be able to study transatlantic Spanish-language cinema and modern Spanish cinema in depth. There are also modules on current affairs which will allow you to explore topical issues in contemporary Spain in Spanish and to develop your linguistic skills while also honing your critical faculties.  The optional modules for Education include: Psychology of Learning and Thinking; Bilingual Education; Children's Rights; and Special Educational Needs.

This course is delivered by the European Languages department as well as the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and both departments are based on Aberystwyth University’s main Penglais Campus. 

This major/minor degree in Spanish with Education will be of great use to you in a range of graduate jobs, particularly relating to learning and development. Not only will you be thoroughly equipped with the skills and knowledge appreciated by a variety of prospective employers and a high level of subject expertise in Spanish, but you will also be a fluent communicator, a rigorous researcher, and a strong debater able to form compelling arguments. These will all prove to be huge assets in any graduate workplace.

This degree may suit you if you want to apply to teach a curriculum subject in secondary schools (PGCE). You would also be able to apply for a PGCE course in primary school teaching

Overview

To enable you to take the combination of subjects that best suits your interests and requirements, the University offers a wide range of Major/Minor combinations. Major/Minor degrees enable you to study two subjects, but devote 2/3 of your time to one of them. If a language is studied as a Major or Minor element, the degree is a four-year scheme. Spanish is spoken by over 350 million people globally, with increasing cultural and commercial importance in North America and Asia. Language skills are vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and languages graduates are in demand by employers. Whilst you will acquire the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in at least one foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time. 

The Department of European Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

92% of our 2014 European Languages graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating. 78% were found to be working in 'professional' level work or in 'graduate' level education, 9 percentage points more than the overall national average (DLHE 2014).

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction results show a significant improvement in the overall satisfaction of our students with their course; a rise of 9 percentage points to an overall satisfaction rate of 90% (3 percentage points above UK average).

93% of our 2014 Education graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating - 3 percentage points higher than the previous year (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take

Semester 1

Spanish Language Advanced SP19900

Semester 2

Spanish Language Advanced SP19930

Year 1 Options EDUCATION CORE MODULES (40 CREDITS). You must take both ED (English) or the AD (Cymraeg) modules.

Semester 1

Polisiau A Materion Mewn Addysg AD10120

Policies And Issues In Education ED10120

Semester 2

Datblygiad Plant AD19220

Child Development ED10220

Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must take

Semester 1

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10700

Semester 2

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10740

Year 1 Options EDUCATION OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can take up to 20 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Sgiliau Allweddol I Brifysgol AD13620

Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620

Key Skills For University ED13620

Semester 2

Plant Ifainc Yn Dysgu AD11320

Young Children Learning ED11320

Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720

Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take SP10610 and must also choose an additional 40 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Hispanic Civilization SP10610

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must choose 40 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 2 Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language SP20100

Semester 2

Spanish Language SP20130

Year 2 Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the AD module

Semester 1

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl AD20120

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120

Year 2 Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must also choose another 20 credits from the following list:

Semester 1

Llythrennedd Mewn Plant Ifanc AD20220

Literacy In Young Children ED20220

Cultural Diversity In Education ED20420

Working With Children ED20600

Discourses Language And Education ED22420

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil AD20320

Research Methods ED20320

Bilingual Education ED20520

Working With Children ED20620

Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820

Year 2 Options You must choose 50 credits of the following SP, EL or IC modules but note that you must include a minimum of 10 credits of SP modules:

Semester 1

Romance Linguistics EL20220

Extended Essay Module EL20500

Language Of Business And Current Affairs 1 SP20310

Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP25020

Semester 2

Extended Essay Module EL20510

Spanish American Cinema SP26120

Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP27020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Year 3 Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules during your year abroad.

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy EDS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy EDS0040

Year 3 Core (80 Credits) During your Year Abroad your registration will be as follows:

Semester 1

Year Abroad Assessment SPS0000

Semester 2

Year Abroad Assessment SPS0080

Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language SP30100

Semester 2

Spanish Language SP30130

Final Year Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the AD module

Semester 1

Gwerthuso Ac Adlewyrchu Ar Sgiliau Dysgu Yn Gritigol AD30120

Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills ED30120

Final Year Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can choose 20 credits from this list:

Semester 1

Datblygiad Mathemategol Yn Y Blynyddoedd Cynnar AD30320

Mathematical Development In The Early Years ED30320

Health And Education ED30500

Semester 2

Special Educational Needs ED30420

Health And Education ED30520

Children's Rights ED30620

Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020

Final Year Options You must choose 50 credits of the following SP, EL, IC or IE modules but note that you must include a minimum of 10 credits of SP modules:

Semester 1

Dissertation EL30100

Romance Linguistics EL30320

Extended Essay Module EL30500

Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP35020

Reading Late 19th Century Literature SP35120

Semester 2

Dissertation EL30120

Extended Essay Module EL30510

Patagonia Gyfoes IE30420

Actualidades SP31410

Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP37020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Employability

Career Prospects 

Your BA in Spanish with Education opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Modern linguists are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. Many of our students go on to teach the languages they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. A degree from the European Languages Department is a qualification which opens the door to many professions in Britain, such as the civil service, tourism, social work, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting, and our degrees also take our students across the world.

Your year abroad will set you apart from the majority of graduates, demonstrating your ability to live in a foreign environment, and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alongside this, the university will offer you a range of initiatives to help improve your employability skills. Paid work and work experience opportunities are available in the University and the town, and the Careers Advisory Service are able to assist you in planning your future, putting together a CV, and looking for work during and after your studies. Furthermore, the University’s Personal Development Portfolio, in which you record and reflect on your academic studies, the development of your skills and your plans for the future is a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and can help you to decide what career might be suitable for you.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Spanish with Education will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

• the ability to work independently

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

• self-motivation and self-reliance

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

• research skills

GO Wales

GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Spanish is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year including guided and independent work in the Language Resource Centre. In the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together.

Language classes aim to further your mastery of written and spoken Spanish in ways that are varied and interesting. Assignments consist of a variety of exercises (e.g. listening comprehension, essay-writing, translation, oral presentations) and you are also expected to complete computer-assisted language-learning exercises. You  will have at least one class a week with a native speaker of Spanish, in addition to which there are other regular opportunities to use your Spanish, e.g. in debating classes. There are also regular screenings of Spanish-language films.

There is an attractive choice of modules which will enable you to expand your knowledge of the cultural and socio-political factors that have shaped Spain and Spanish America, and to refine your capacity to analyse them. Cultural modules such as Hispanic Civilization allow you to study the development of Spanish language and culture over time, while modules on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature from Spain and Spanish America will deepen your understanding of linguistic, cultural and political issues. In addition, you will be able to study transatlantic Spanish-language cinema and modern Spanish cinema in depth. There are also modules on current affairs which will allow you to explore topical issues in contemporary Spain in Spanish and to develop your linguistic skills while also honing your critical faculties.

Within the Erasmus framework we currently enjoy special links with the universities of Cádiz, Córdoba, Lleida, Oviedo and Valladolid. Your year abroad, which forms your third year of study, may well be the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding feature of a degree in European Languages. Having to spend a year living independently in a foreign country gives you an edge when it comes to impressing employers, as well as providing you with a memorable experience.

The Department believes in giving students a relatively free choice about the year abroad, although we do of course give you plenty of advice. Many students study at one or more universities. You can study at one university in the winter semester and spend the next semester in a country where your second language is spoken.  Or, if you prefer, you can work as an English assistant in a school. Being an assistant has the important benefits of a regular salary every month and daily contact with a large number of people, which means many opportunities for communicating in the foreign language.

You could also choose to be in other employment, and a good proportion of our students use their own initiative to find themselves employment for a year. There are also various EU-funded schemes which offer work placements abroad, e.g. Comenius or Leonardo. Full details will be made available to you in your second year. You can also choose a combination of these possibilities, for example studying for one semester and working for one; assistantships are also available for some countries for half-years.

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