BA honours Spanish

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Spanish

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Our SKE Spanish courses are tailored to your individual subject knowledge needs, with the flexibility of studying for 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks.

Courses are free for those eligible for funding (see 'Fees, Funding & Bursaries' section below).

The Spanish Subject Knowledge Enhancement course aims, through a blend of self-directed learning and online tutorials, to:

  • refresh, consolidate and improve your subject knowledge;
  • develop your language and conversation skills;
  • practise vocabulary and grammar;
  • promote independent learning, improve meta-cognitive skills and develop your ability to identify and address your own learning needs.

The course is designed to meet your subject knowledge needs. Study is flexible and can fit around your lifestyle and commitments.

The course is designed for:

  • Pre-Initial Teacher Training (ITT) applicants who need to strengthen their existing subject knowledge.
  • Serving teachers who need to strengthen their existing subject knowledge.
  • Anyone who would like to improve their subject knowledge. 

COURSE OVERVIEW

All the SKE course content is accessed online.

  • The course starts with an initial test to help identify your language level, followed by an online induction. Throughout the course, you participate in the weekly online tutorials and work through the online language activities.  At the end of the course, you take the final test to measure your progress.
  • You are expected to spend a minimum average of 25 hours a week working on the course.

Assessment

Successful completion of the course is measured through engagement with the course and progress in the course tests.

This is a non-credit bearing course.

Technical Requirements

You must have the following:

  • a desktop or laptop personal computer (Windows or Mac);
  • a reliable internet connection;
  • a headset with integral microphone and USB connection.

For further details: Full technical specifications (pdf)

Please note: If you do not have the equipment listed, you will need to purchase it as funding is not available for IT equipment.

The Spanish Subject Knowledge Enhancement course blends self-directed online learning with live videoconferences. It is delivered using an online interactive system which has an excellent international reputation. It uses adaptive software, releasing harder sessions when confidence is secured in sessions of parallel difficulty.

The course is taught up to Level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, but the focus is on language acquisition for everyday situations. Exercises in vocabulary and grammar are enhanced with voice recognition software. The software will enable you to adjust your accent and pronunciation in the context of everyday situations.

The weekly online live tutorials are scheduled in small groups with a tutor who is an experienced specialist in your study language and will help you expand your language skills. 

We are currently awaiting confirmation from the DfE (Department for Education) as to the funding and bursary arrangements for courses starting in 2018-19. We will update this page when these arrangements have been confirmed.
  • 98% of our students feel they have made progress in their subject knowledge after completing the course.
  • 96% of students found the technology for the course easy to use.
  • 94% of students found the tutorials were helpful in progressing their development.
  • 94% of students found the course guidance clear and easy to follow.

(According to the CCCU SKE Student Evaluation Survey)

“I didn’t have formal language qualifications when I applied to become a Spanish teacher.  I was so glad I did an SKE course.   The online tutorial was really good and our tutor Jim was very supportive. I am still using resources including Rosetta Stone in my teaching now and I will go back to it in half term as I still have access for another year.  It was all really easy to set up and there is even a tutorial online to help you set up Blackboard.”

Hugh, SKE Participant, 2016-17

“I did my first degree in French and Spanish and then went to Switzerland and I forgot my Spanish. The SKE course really helped me.  When we were having the lectures, our tutor Jim also gave tips on how to teach the subject as well as refreshing our skills. I feel a lot more confident now I’ve done the SKE.  I didn’t do a Spanish A level at school, I just learnt it at university so it was good to get a grounding in grammar which I didn’t get previously.”

Helen, SKE Participant, 2016-17

“I chose to do Spanish SKE because wanted to increase my chances in finding a job.  I teach French but I also wanted to refresh my Spanish.   I wanted to rebuild my confidence in Spanish and get feedback from a teacher. At first I was a bit scared because it was all online and I thought it would be a bit cold but really it is a warm and friendly atmosphere.  Jim, our tutor, really followed up on things from the week before.  Students are 100% involved in the lesson. I was really surprised about how well it worked online.”

Thiebault, SKE Participant, 2016-17

Course dates for 2018-19 will be listed here as soon as they are available.
Applications for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course for the 2017-18 academic year are now closed. The online application for 2018-19 SKE courses will be posted here when available.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 8, 12, 16 or 20 weeks - full-time
    (25 hrs/wk minimum average)

Entry requirements

  • Pre-ITT: You must have accepted a conditional offer of an ITT place where the conditions indicate an SKE course must be completed.

    Other: We can provide our SKE courses to candidates who can't secure a free place but would still benefit from completing a course.

    Further information: Please contact us for further details.

Location

  • Online

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