Why study at Roehampton
- Teaching is in small groups by native speakers and there is an emphasis on the use of multi-media technology.
- Strong links with the Instituto Cervantes in London.
This course will equip you with the linguistic and cultural skills needed for working in a Spanish-speaking environment. The course has a strong vocational focus, with the possibility of work placements in the UK and abroad. Students can join the programme as a complete beginner or with A-level Spanish (or equivalent). The Department has an internationally renowned Hispanic Research Centre.
- The programme includes a fully accredited, compulsory year abroad in Spain or Latin America, and if you are eligible for a full-year Erasmus grant, you may be exempted from tuition fees for that year.
- An annual award of £250 is made to the best dissertations/research projects written in the final year.
- 100% of Roehampton's submitted work in the area of Iberian and Latin American Languages was recognised either internationally or nationally, with more than 30% of that work regarded as being either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
Your first year will combine intensive language modules with an introductory module on Spanish and Latin American history, culture and society. These will provide you with a solid foundation for your remaining three years of Spanish study, leading to proficiency in spoken and written Spanish, and to a sound knowledge of Spain and Latin America in the modern world.
Language study continues to form the main component of the programme, but you will also be able to choose from a number of optional modules, ranging from European Cinema and Spanish Writing to Translating and Interpreting. The aim of the compulsory and optional modules is to prepare you fully for your year abroad.
You spend your third year abroad, either on an exchange programme at one of our partner universities, as an English-language assistant in a school or college, or on a work placement in Spain or Latin America.
You choose from options such as Media Translation, Interpreting, Spanish Research Project, or a work placement in which
you use your language skills in a business or community context.
- Group projects
- Supervised independent research
From the second year, most of the teaching is conducted in Spanish.
- Oral presentations
- Placement portfolio
The year abroad is assessed by the host university or through an employer's report.
Students typically spend 12 hours a week in lectures, seminars and language classes. In addition they are expected to devote at least another 20 hours a week to independent study. Much of this time will be spent in the University's multimedia Languages Centre.
While preparing for your degree in Spanish at Roehampton, it would be useful to read books such as: John Hooper's The New Spaniards (Penguin) or Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent (Monthly Review Press).
- Introduction to the Spanish- Speaking World
- Hispanic Culture and Society
- Spanish Language in Context
Languages are increasingly prized in an internationalised marketplace. Some students will use their languages directly, as teachers or translators, but language skills also give graduates an invaluable edge in career areas such as business, the media or journalism.
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