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University Master's Degree in Spanish and English as Second Languages/Foreign Languages

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Curriculum Summary

Each subject can be checked from the tables organised by academic year and optional subjects. Each subject contains the course description and all relevant information.

 

MASTER'S DEGREE COURSE - CREDITS AND SUBJECTS

Type of subject Credits
Compulsory (OB) 15
Optional (OP) 30
Work Experience (OB) 3
Master’s final project (OB) 12
TOTAL CREDITS   60


 
   DISTRIBUTION OF SUBJECTS BY MODULE   

 

SEMESTER 1

30 ECTS

SEMESTER 2

30 ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

LINGUISTICS APPLIED TO TEACHING SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

OB

6

NEW INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN TEACHING SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGES

OB

6

LINGUISTIC BASES FOR COURSE PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT IN TEACHING SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGES

OB

3

SPECIALISATION ROUTE

SPANISH L2/FL ROUTE

ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SPANISH/ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

OP

9

SPECIALISATION ROUTE

SPANISH L2/FL ROUTE

ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SPANISH/ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

OP

21

WORK EXPERIENCE

OB

3

MASTER’S FINAL PROJECT

OB

12

 

Routes

The three routes included on the Master’s degree course have been designed to respond to the specialist interests of potential students.

  • Spanish L2/FL is designed for students seeking specialist training in teaching Spanish as a second/foreign language, and who wish to continue in this line of research for their doctoral thesis. Students opting for this specialisation must take the group of subjects providing advanced instruction in linguistic aspects pertaining to teaching Spanish at different levels (phonetics, grammar and lexicon), communication skills (oral comprehension and expression, and written comprehension and expression), specific methods and types of activities for teaching/learning Spanish at different skill levels, integrating Spanish literature and culture into teaching Spanish L2/FL, and understanding the sociocultural context of the language, as well as specific lines and methods of research in these areas.
  • English L2/FL is designed for students seeking specialist training in teaching English as a second/foreign language, and who wish to continue in this line of research for their doctoral thesis. Students opting for this specialisation must take the group of subjects groups providing advanced instruction in linguistic aspects pertaining to teaching English at different levels (phonetics, grammar and lexicon), communication skills (oral comprehension and expression, and written comprehension and expression), specific methods and types of activities for teaching/learning English at different skill levels, integrating English literature and culture into teaching English L2/FL, and understanding the sociocultural context of the language, as well as specific lines and methods of research in these areas.
  • Spanish/English L2/FL combines the study of various levels in one language (Spanish or English) with teaching in skills, literature and culture in the other language.  Consequently, students choosing this route will obtain a global perspective of the methods, materials, activities and strategies, etc., that comprise the components and skills and use of literature and culture, involved in teaching second/foreign languages. The course also covers specific methods and lines of research in these subjects, similar to the monolingual routes. The linguistic elements of the two languages are examined from two complementary perspectives: levels and skills. Added to this is the advantage of a bilingual education and a dual perspective of linguistic analysis, as well as the advantage brought by studying these same contents from and in two different languages.

The three routes involve the same studies in terms of the conceptual tools that students need to deal with the challenges of research in teaching second/foreign languages and the search for suitable responses to the questions that can be raised by the factors involved in the process of teaching and learning second languages. They also help to focus students’ linguistic interests. Consequently, those opting for a monolingual route will specialise in the language chosen, whereas the lesser specialisation in one of the languages of those choosing the bilingual option will be compensated with a richer and broader perspective of linguistic insight, which is ideal in the multilingual and multicultural Europe of today for the process of teaching a foreign language.

SPANISH L2/FL ROUTE

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

PHONETICS. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN SPANISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

 

ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

PHONETICS. ENGLISH L2/HIM

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN ENGLISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

 

SPANISH AND ENGLISH L2/FL ROUTE

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

SUBJECT

TYPE

ECTS

OPTION A

PHONETICS. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN ENGLISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

OPTION B

PHONETICS. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

GRAMMAR. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

6

SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN SPANISH L2/FL TEACHING

OP

3

LEXICON. ENGLISH L2/FL

OP

3

 

ORAL COMPREHENSION AND EXPRESSION. SPANISH L2/FL

OP

6

 

 

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Timetables and examination calendars

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Competences

 

 

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Mobility and exhange programmes

Por medio del Programa de Movilidad Erasmus el alumnado de este Máster puede realizar una parte de sus estudios en alguna de las siguientes instituciones. La participación en este programa tendrá un reconocimiento garantizado en el expediente y ofrecerá la posibilidad de obtener un enriquecimiento tanto académico como personal.

La Oficina de Movilidad de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras es la encargada de gestionar la movilidad en coordinación con el Secretariado de Movilidad así como de promover la participación de nuestro alumnado en los diferentes programas de intercambio y facilitar la acogida e integración de los estudiantes internacionales.

Los trámites administrativos como la solicitud, la selección del alumnado o la asignación de las plazas, se llevan a cabo directamente en el Secretariado de Movilidad de la Universidad de Alicante. Es en ese servicio, donde puedes preguntar todas las dudas que tengas al respecto de estos temas y en su web tienes toda la documentación reglamentaria y la información relevante para estos procedimientos.

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Work experience

Las prácticas externas permiten que el alumnado se familiarice con el desarrollo de las actividades y las posibilidades laborales que ofrece su titulación. De esta manera, las y los matriculados en un Grado o Máster pueden orientar su futuro profesional al mismo tiempo que completan su formación académica. El alumnado tiene la oportunidad de aplicar sus estudios y de conocer el mundo del trabajo en empresas ligadas a su ámbito profesional, al mismo tiempo que aprende nuevos conocimientos y procesos sobre su especialidad, con la ayuda y las orientaciones que le proporcionarán sus tutoras y tutores académicos y de empresa.

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Final-Year Master's degree Project

All official Master's degree courses will be completed with the preparation and public defence of a Master's Final Project (MFP), which must be carried out in the final phase of the study programme and focused on the evaluation of the Master’s content.

The MFP will be an original, self-reliant and individual work, which may also be coordinated, in which case each student will carry it out under the guidance of a tutor who will allow the student integrate all the content and the skills acquired associated with the Master’s degree.

The tutor’s task will consist of guiding, advising and planning student activities, monitoring the activities during the period that they carried out the project, and collaborating in everything that allows for a good achievement.

The MFP can be organised in several experimental and academic modalities, depending on the Master’s content, as well as on its professional, research and academic approach.

The assignment of the work proposed by the departments and that requested by the students will be carried out in accordance with the procedure established by the School Board.

Through the platform established for this purpose, students may choose one of the MFP offered by the departments. In addition, each student may propose a topic of their own.

The registration for the MFP will be completed within the deadlines established by the University of Alicante each academic year.

Credit recognition and transfer 

Credit Recognition is the approval by a university of those credits which, having been obtained in other official degrees, in the same or another university, are counted for the purpose of obtaining an official degree in other universities. In other words, it is the acceptance of subjects passed in university studies when the student begins a new degree. The term of "recognition" has replaced the old concept of validation/adaptation.

Credit Transfer refers to the process of including, in the student record and in all official academic documents accrediting the courses taken by each student, all the credits obtained in official courses taken previously in the same or another university, which have not led to the awarding of an official degree.

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Master's degree coordinators 

The University of Alicante’s AUDIT programme has been certified for all its centres. For this reason, the Faculty of Arts has implemented an Internal Quality Assurance System to manage vertical and horizontal teaching coordination in all its degree programmes.

The Quality Assurance System at the Faculty of Arts includes, among others, the following committees:

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Applicable regulations 

 

Continuation of Studies for Master’s degrees

The University of Alicante Social Council approved a new regulation on the continuation of Master’s studies, dated May 29, 2018 (BOUA 5-6-18), in accordance with a new teaching/learning model focused on students, within the philosophy of the European Higher Education Area. 

 

Assessment of learning outcomes

The UA Governing Council has issued regulations on assessment and marking procedures and criteria, programmes and examination sessions, publication of marks, the mark review and complaint procedure (where appropriate), and completion and modification of final mark records.

These regulations bring teaching planning criteria in line with the continuous assessment system implemented in current UA official degrees, and combine and update previous regulations.

The most relevant measures are:

  • Continuous assessment, which as a general rule will be the applicable assessment system.
  • Alternative assessment systems are available for students eligible for curriculum adjustments.
  • Assessment criteria will be public and objective. Prior to the registration periods, they will be included in the course description of all subjects and cannot be modified during the academic year without due cause.
  • Course descriptions will contain a list of assessment activities and specify which can be retaken or resubmitted and which cannot.
  • There are two assessment periods: a regular examination session and a resit session, as per the academic year calendar.
  • The final examination schedule can be modified only in cases of force majeure. The final examination dates of all subjects will be known before the registration periods. The place will be published at least 30 days in advance.
  • Marks will be numerical, on a scale of 0 to 10, with one decimal place. A distinction with honours may be awarded to students having achieved a mark of 9 or higher. In each subject, up to 5% of enrolled students may receive a distinction with honours (maximum 1 student for subjects with up to 20 students).
  • Results of partial and final examinations will be published on UACloud (for partial examinations, within 30 calendar days; for final examinations, within the time frame set out in the academic calendar). In the case of final examinations, the place, date and time of the examination review will be published at least 48 hours in advance.
  • The mark review and complaint procedure is introduced.
  • Learning outcomes regulations (Official Journal of the University of Alicante, 09/12/2015) [pdf].

 

For further information on learning outcomes, please refer to the following documents:

 

What are curriculum adjustments? Who can request them?

Curriculum adjustments are academic and technical actions that, at a student's request, can be implemented in order to help the student take full advantage of the academic year and facilitate admission and continuation of studies. Curriculum adjustment management will be based on the principles of confidentiality and privacy.

Students eligible for curriculum adjustments are divided into two categories:

  • First category. Students who provide proof that they have at least 33% physical, sensory or mental disability and students with specific educational needs due to health conditions, whether congenital or acquired.
  • Second category. Students who provide proof that they are elite, high-level or university athletes. Victims of gender-based violence. Students who have recently given birth, adopted or fostered children. Students in charge of children less than 3 years old or caring for dependent family members. Students whose working hours are incompatible with attending classes. Members of UA governing bodies, participants in tournaments or cultural or academic activities as UA representatives, and participants in mobility programmes.

Adjustment applications must be submitted two weeks before the start of the academic year or semester. As an exception, applications due to unexpected circumstances may be submitted anytime.

Applications of first-category students will be submitted to the Student Support Centre. Applications of second-category students will be addressed to the centre (faculty/polytechnic school).

Adjustments may fall into either of the two following categories:

  • In-class support, concerning adjustments in relation to materials, lighting/sound quality in the classroom, work placements or academic contents, or use of alternative or complementary communication systems. Excused absences (maximum 25% of lessons per subject) may also fall into this category.
  • Examination-related adjustments. This category includes extending the time available for completing the exam or using alternative communication systems to transcribe the exam.

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Faculty/School

Faculty of Arts

E-mail: facu.lletres@ua.es

Web:  https://lletres.ua.es/

Phone : (+34) 96 590 3448

Fax : (+34) 96 590 3449

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