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

Curriculum

Curriculum by course type: compulsory and optional

 

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Optional subjects and paths

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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Implementation schedule 

Timescale

Academic year

Implementation

2010-2011

1st year

 

Procedure for equivalence recognition, where appropriate, between the current and the new course programme.

Those students from the previous programme who, once the new course programme has come into effect, wish to incorporate onto the new programme having already obtained 18 credits from the common module in the previous course programme (taught in the fourth term), plus 36-42 ECTS credits from the Spanish and English subjects taught in the first year, will be granted credit equivalence with the Spanish and English L2/FL route in the new programme for the courses they have studied, but they must complete the Master’s Final Project, worth 12 ECTS credits, in order to graduate from the course.

Since the number of credits obtained, the subjects taken and the students’ interests (particularly in terms of joining the new course programme on a particular route) may vary, credit equivalence and the additional credits required according to the specialisation route chosen will be considered according to each individual case.

In 2010-2011, when the new course programme comes into force, students following the former programme may also, if they choose, continue their studies according to the previous programme until they have obtained all 90 credits. They may join classes from subjects in the new programme that are equivalent in content and number of credits to the programme being phased out, with complementary teaching activities for any subjects that are reduced from 6 to 3 credits.

Studies being phased out and replaced by the proposed degree course:

Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish and English as Second Languages (L2)/Foreign Languages (FL) (90 ECTS), regulated by Royal Decree 56/2005, which has been taught since 2006/2007.

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