“Studying Spanish at St Andrews is a fantastic experience. All of the staff in the Department are engaging, helpful and incredibly enthusiastic, and the range of literature, poetry and film gives you a fascinating insight into Hispanic culture. Working out how to perform Valle- Inclán’s ‘unstageable’ Cara de Plata was a hilarious experience and really brought the year group together. My language skills and cultural knowledge have really improved and I’m so excited for my year abroad, although I know I’ll miss “the Bubble” while I’m away!”
Hannah (Wincheste , Hampshire, England)
also introduced to a varied programme of language work. A satisfactory pass in Spanish for Beginners (1) and Spanish for Beginners (2) gives access to second year modules.
Students who have an SQA Higher pass or GCE A-Level or GCSE (or equivalent) Advanced students take Spanish Language and Texts (1) and progress to Spanish Language and Texts (2) in the second semester. The work includes comprehension, formal grammatical study, written and spoken Spanish (with an emphasis on communicative skills); an introduction to literature, lm and history. An option in Modern Latin American History is also oered in rst year.
Second Year (2 x 30-credit modules required) The language element represents a progression from rst year, based on a wide variety of language exercises. Extensive use is made of the visual and audio facilities. Modules cater for former beginners’ special requirements. There are core modules on the nature and methodologies of literary analysis, expression and form in the theatre, novel, cinema and poetry, and denition of periods (for example Renaissance, Modernism) and areas (Latin America), using selected modern and mediaeval texts.
Class sizes and teaching delivery
First Year: lectures 70 - 90, seminars 12 - 15, language classes
12 - 15 Second Year: as above Honours: lectures 50 - 60, seminars 12 - 15, language classes
12 - 15
Both Spanish language and literature are taught through a variety of lively and communicative methods all of which are student-centred and which encourage student participation. Our sta have designed most of the teaching materials, including our Computer Assisted Learning programmes. The literature component is taught through lectures and small seminar groups to establish a dialogue with the historical, political, and aesthetic preoccupations of the Spanish- speaking world.
Assessment All our modules are assessed by at least 40% coursework, with the balance of assessment made up either by further coursework, or written examinations, depending on the module.
Many students go either to Spain or Latin America for a year after second year – see Study abroad below.
Honours – Third and Fourth Years (8 x 15-credit core modules required and at least 4 other 15-credit modules required over 2 years) In Honours we oer four consecutive and cumulative 15-credit language modules; and one required module focusing on the novel Don Quixote and its world-wide impact. There are a variety of additional Spanish optional modules in literature, language, linguistics, cinema and history which vary from year to year. In Senior Honours there is also a supervised dissertation on a topic of your personal interest, and the possibility to take a practical broadly-based Communication & Teaching module.
Recent graduates have gone on to become a trainee reporter, a tour leader for Journey Latin America, an English teacher on the JET scheme, a chartered accountant, a sherry and wine merchant. Others have obtained varied positions with Peace Brigades International, John Lewis, Scottish Widows, the British Council, an insurance assessor in Columbia as well as many taking up postgraduate study including studying law, publishing, teaching, and information technology.
See also page 36 for details of the University’s Careers Centre. For more information: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/careers/wiki/ School_of_Modern_Languages
Study abroad Students who spend a year or a semester abroad gain valuable experience for life as well as for study, enhancing their ability to compete eectively for employment after graduation. Spanish Honours degrees With Integrated Year Abroad (WIYA) involve residence in Spain or in Latin America for the academic session between second and third years. UK students often undertake teaching placements in schools abroad through the British Council’s Language Assistantship scheme. Alternatively, you may organise a work placement with the approval of the Department. You may instead apply to spend the third year of the degree course (Junior Honours) as an exchange student at one of our Erasmus partners in Spain or at the University of Montevideo. All of these opportunities are competitive and are subject to successful completion of modules. You may also apply to study abroad under the University’s St Andrews Abroad programme. Also see page 42.
Spanish prizes include:
Colmenaros Prize – For rst or second year student
Alex Richardson Award – For a second or third year summer project
Douglas Giord Latin American ravel Bursary by application.
There is also the Alan Paterson Prize awarded to the most outstanding nal year student in Spanish.