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Spaans 4


Admission requirements

Spanish 3 or equivalent recommended (contact tutor for guidance).


This language course builds on skills acquired in Spanish 3 and aims to develop students’ oral and written communication skills to an advanced level, with an emphasis on academic speech and writing skills. In addition, the class seeks to develop awareness of dialect, register, and stylistic differences in Spanish while studying and debating academic and journalistic articles related to history/public policy, literature/cultural analysis, and linguistics. This is an interactive course in which a variety of authentic materials are used and students play an active role in weekly discussions.

Course objectives

When completing this course the students will be able to:

  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints

  • understand specialized articles and technical instructions related to their field of study

  • express themselves in clear, well structured texts, expressing points of view at some length

  • write about complex and/or academic subjects in an essay or a report underlying the most salient issues

  • write an academic paper following an expository or an argumentative structure

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar

  • use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes

  • take an active part in discussions of familiar matters and debates of academic related topics accounting for and sustaining their views with reasonable precision

  • present clear, detailed descriptions and/or argumentations of complex and/or academic subjects, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion

The course will also support the development of the transferable skills:
-Verbal communication (presenting, speaking, listening)
-Written communication (writing skills, reporting, summarizing)
-Collaboration (teamwork, group support, attendance)
-Critical thinking (asking questions, check assumptions)
-Intercultural skills (communication between different cultures)
-Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, bear mistakes, accountability)
-Analytical skills (analytical thinking, abstraction, evidence)


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

  • lectures

  • seminars

  • oral presentations

Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

  • Total course load for the course for a course of 10 EC is 280 hours.

  • Amount of lectures: 78 hours (6 hours x 13 weeks)

  • Practical work 198 hours

  • Assessment 4 hours

  • Tutoring 2 hours/week

Assessment method


  • Final written paper: 30%

  • Final Oral presentation: 30%

  • Weekly written contributions: 20%

  • Weekly oral presentations: 20%

The final mark for this course is established by determining the weighted average.


  • Final written paper: 30%

  • Final Oral presentation: 30%

  • Weekly written contributions: 20%

  • Weekly oral presentations: 20%

The final mark for this course is established by determining the weighted average.


For all components (project rewriting and oral presentation): 100% of final mark.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing course material

  • announcements

  • discussion and contribution about articles: forum

  • Final papers: Turnitin

Reading list

A dossier with reading and discussing material will be provided via Blackboard.
Suggested literature:

Muñoz-Basols, J. et al., (2012) Developing Writing Skills in Spanish. Routledge: Oxford


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. A.I. Churampi Ramirez

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


Minimum 80% attendance required. No make-up assignments will be provided for missed classes or homework. Missed presentations will result in Insufficient.