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DEPARTMENT OF HISPANIC STUDIES
TWO SUBJECT MODERATORSHIP (TSM)
JUNIOR FRESHMAN SPANISH (2015-2016)
It is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you have read this document carefully
and that you become familiar with all the requirements in the Handbook. You must regularly check your portal, emails, Department Website (https://www.tcd.ie/Hispanic_Studies/), and department notice boards for changes, updates, announcements, and other matters relevant to your Spanish courses.
The first-year course is designed primarily to establish and consolidate your competence in understanding and using the Spanish language. The course comprises three modules: Spanish Grammar and Syntax (10 ECTS credits), Introduction to Modern Spain (10 ECTS credits) and Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature (10 ECTS credits).
IMPORTANT: Students MUST attend all classes and present all set written work on time. For absence of three consecutive days or more, a medical certificate or relevant evidence should be handed in to the Department Office. If you fail to provide a satisfactory explanation and/or evidence to your lecturers for your absence or for not handing in the required work you will be returned as ‘Non-Satisfactory’ (N/S) to the Senior Lecturer in accordance with the regulations of the University Calendar (page H6), and your College Tutor will be informed. It should be noted (University Calendar H6) that ‘Students reported as non-satisfactory for the Michaelmas and Hilary terms of a given year may be refused permission to take their annual examinations and may be required by the Senior Lecturer to repeat the year.’ Junior Freshman (JF) students Beginners are expected to attend five language classes each week in both Michaelmas and Hilary Terms (MT, HT), one of which must be in Spoken Spanish. Beginners will need a commitment to language study, language work, preparation and revision; by the time of the examinations in April/May you will be expected to have reached the same level as non-beginners.
Note that you must spend considerable extra study and practice time outside class hours every week.
Junior Freshman (JF) students Non-beginners are expected each term to attend four language classes each week in both Michaelmas and Hilary Terms (MT, HT), one of which must be in Spoken Spanish.
Learning outcomes: by the end of the academic year, students should have consolidated their understanding of grammar structures and vocabulary, reached a good level of fluency to converse on general topics, developed their ability to write short narrative pieces, dialogues, etc., and be able to translate short passages from Spanish into English, and from English into Spanish.
All TSM Junior Freshman students (JF) attend one lecture each week on the module
Introduction to Modern Spain – for which you will need the following texts:
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the academic year, students should be able to identify major historical, socio-economic, political, and cultural shifts that have affected Spain during the 20th and 21st centuries, to recognize to what extent Spanish society is still responding to historical experiences of the Civil War and the Franco regime, to compare and contrast Spain’s historical autonomous regions in relation to each other and to the central government, and to integrate the various themes into a coherent overview of contemporary Spanish society.
All TSM Junior Freshman students (JF) also attend one lecture each week on Spanish and Spanish
American Literature, in which the following works will be studied:
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the academic year, students should be able to critically analyze a selection of literary texts from different genres, distinguish between generic literary conventions, and outline the fundamental and distinguishing characteristics of literary discourse.
The Department strongly recommends that all students have their own copy of John Peck & Martin Coyle, The Student’s Guide to Writing (London: Macmillan Press Ltd., 1999).
All Junior Freshman (JF) Beginners should also have a copy of:
All students should possess their own copy of a good bilingual dictionary such as The Oxford Spanish Dictionary, The Collins Spanish-English English-Spanish Dictionary, or Diccionario Español-Inglés Inglés-Español (Larousse) and also a reference grammar, e.g. John Butt and Carmen Benjamín, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (Arnold).
Language Classes: language homework is compulsory – your teachers will require you to present at least one piece of written work per week.
Three compulsory essays (two on Literature and one on Introduction to Modern Spain) will be
set in the course of the year, as follows:
MICHAELMAS TERM (Semester One) A term essay (about 2000 words), set by Monday November 2, 2015 (week 6 teaching term), and handed in to the Department Office no later than 12 o’clock Wednesday 16 December 2015 on the texts covered in the Introduction to Literature module. This essay will account for 30% of the total mark for this module.
A term essay (about 2000 words), set by Monday November 2, 2015 (week 6 teaching term), and handed in to the Department Office no later than 12 o’clock Monday 18 January 2016 (the first day of Hilary Term) on Introduction to Modern Spain. This essay will account for 30% of the total mark for this module.
HILARY TERM (Semester Two) A term essay (about 2000 words), set by Friday February 26, 2016 (week 6 teaching term), and handed in to the Department Office, no later than 12 o’clock Wednesday 6 April, 2016 on the texts covered
1. The Department accepts responsibility ONLY for term essays presented with the signed coversheet (see section on plagiarism). Essays MUST NOT be handed in to individual lecturers, pushed under doors, or sent electronically.
2. You should regularly check the Department notice board and emails for information about the return of your essays.
3. Extensions will only be allowed where there is a medical certificate or evidence of other significant problem(s) – evidence must be presented in writing to the Head of Department.
Your formal assessment for the year will be based on the end-of-year examinations, as follows:
Spanish Grammar and Syntax: In addition to a Spanish Oral examination (approximately 10 minutes), all students will sit TWO papers in the following areas: Paper I: Grammar and Syntax (one
question), Translation from Spanish (one question), Translation into Spanish (one question); Paper II:
Spanish Essay (one question), Text Analysis (one question). Note that 10% of the language mark will be provided by four in-class tests.
The record of your marks for language work will be taken into account in assessing borderline grades in the language examinations.
Introduction to Modern Spain and Introduction to Literature: All TSM students will sit ONE 2hour paper (two questions) on Introduction to Modern Spain and ONE 2-hour paper (two questions) on Introduction to Literature.
All three modules are weighted according to their credit values.
Please note that serious failure in any section of language Paper I or Paper II or overall failure in either language paper will mean a fail assessment. Where there is a failure in language, only the failed paper(s) must be repeated. Where there is a failure in Introduction to Modern Spain or Introduction to Literature students will have to sit a Supplemental Examination on the failed paper.
Important: Students are reminded that academic members of staff are not normally available for consultation between 1 July 2016 and 26 August 2016 (i.e. outside the statutory term). The Department will have a day for failed paper(s) feedback and viewing of scripts. If for whatever reason you cannot attend, any queries regarding examination results etc. should be directed to the Department before Monday 27 June 2016.
1. Essays should be typed on one side only. Use the grammar and spellcheck facility of a word processor. Insert all Spanish accents and other orthographical signs. If you present your essay handwritten, be sure to write legibly. Marks will be lost for poor presentation.
2. Make sure you write grammatical English sentences. Capitalize and punctuate properly. Think especially about occasions when clarity would be better served by the use of a colon or semi-colon instead of a comma. Never use a comma where a fullstop or a semi-colon should be used.
4. Leave a margin of at least an inch all round each page. Number all the pages.
5. The essay must engage with the theme: if a question is being asked then that question must be answered; if it asks for discussion on topic A, the essay cannot be about topic B.
6. Abbreviations of ordinary English or Spanish words (e.g. do not write “can’t” for cannot/can not), and writing in note form, are not acceptable.
7. A change of theme or a new stage in the argument demands a new paragraph. Each paragraph should develop, expand, clarify or exemplify your argument(s). Paragraphs should not be excessively long. Avoid one-sentence paragraphs, especially.
8. Italicize the titles of books and complete works like plays, stories, novels and (usually) poems: e.g. La vida es sueño, El celoso extremeño, La familia de Pascual Duarte, Romance sonámbulo. In other words, do not use inverted commas for the titles of extended written works.
9. Note that in Spanish titles only the first letter of the title is capitalized, except for proper names and words that always have a capital letter. See, for example, the following novel titles: Cinco horas con Mario, and Su único hijo.
10. Titles of chapters, articles in periodicals, essays in collections (and sometimes shorter poems) are given in quotation marks: for example, ‘Poetic Unity in Lorca’s
Romancero Gitano’. The name of the periodical is italicized, and identified thus:
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 21 (1954), pp. 150-151, that is vol. no., (year), page reference(s).
11. QUOTATIONS from a literary work should be identified: number or line-numbers of poem; chapter and page-number of novel or play. Indicate which edition you are using. Subsequent references can be put in your text in single inverted commas and need not be relegated to footnotes or endnotes. In other words, avoid a string of footnotes or endnotes referring only to the work that you are chiefly discussing.
Quotations of less than about four lines should be run on in the text. This includes poetry, the lines of which are then separated by forward slashes. Longer quotations, whether in verse or prose, are given their own lines of text, and should be indented without single inverted commas. Your quotations should make sense either as part of your own sentence or as complete sentences in their own right.
12. FOOTNOTE/ENDNOTE numbers should be placed at the end of a sentence after the punctuation. Notes provide supplementary information to the argument conducted in the body of the text. They should be used very sparingly and never simply for effect.
13. Ensure that only essential footnotes/endnotes are included. When a particular work is being frequently referred to throughout the essay, the first reference to that work
should be footnoted. A footnoted reference should read as in the following example:
Paul Preston. Franco. A Biography. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 1993, pp. 23and all further references to this work are given by page number(s) in the text.
14. There are different ways of referring to critical works in your bibliography. The most complete is probably as follows: Author, Title, Place of publication, Publisher (if available), date; e.g.: Elliot, J. H. Richelieu and Olivares. Cambridge: Cambridge
15. If you use someone else’s ideas – whether quoted or paraphrased – you must attribute the borrowing to the author. A reference in the Bibliography is not enough. Your indebtedness to the writer must be acknowledged at the point of borrowing. You can use some of the standard conventions to attribute borrowings to an author (For example: According to F. Caudet …; Paul Preston argues that …; As J. H. Elliot points out, …).
16. Even if you do not incorporate quotations from or references to books or articles in the body of your essay, you must, on a separate page entitled Bibliography, give a list of the sources you have used in the preparation of the essay.
17. You must follow the same conventions and appropriate referencing when accessing material on the web: http://www.tcd.ie/Local/ and in brackets add the date you accessed the website: for example, (accessed 12 January 2014).