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Spanish (TSM)

B.A.; 41 places

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Spanish: The course for you?

Spain, currently one of Europe’s leading industrial nations, was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the foremost Western power, and Spanish is the native language of over five hundred million people. In those countries – more than twenty – in which it is officially spoken, it is second

only to English. Spanish is an exciting and growing area of study, having become the second language in the United States, an official language in the European Union, the African Union, and the United Nations, and the second most important language on the Internet.

Spanish @ Trinity

You will learn about the language, literature, and culture of Spain and Spanish America in a department with a very strong commitment to small-group teaching, within a friendly and supportive ethos and atmosphere.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

The main career opportunities are in education, journalism, the diplomatic service, business administration, banking, publishing, interpreting, translation, advertising, public relations, digital communication, and the visual media generally. Some recent graduates have also gained EU placements in Brussels.

A substantial proportion of students engage in further study, particularly diploma and masters’ courses. Ample opportunities exist in several universities, both in the U.K. and in Ireland, with Trinity’s M.Phil. in Literary Translation and Comparative Literature proving popular. A number of undergraduates have also chosen to pursue M.Litt. and Ph.D. research degrees.

Your degree and what you’ll study

Spanish at Trinity is taught by a variety of methods to equip you with a comprehensive range of skills in the accurate, fluent and sensitive understanding, reading, as well as use of the spoken and written language. If you are a beginner, the language teaching (five hours weekly) offers a realistic opportunity for you to reach the same standard within a year as those who have studied Spanish previously.

The department aims to develop the skill of textual analysis through close and careful reading, together with the organization and expression of ideas in verbal and written form, and the deepening of analytical and critical skills.

FIRST AND SECOND (FRESHMAN) YEARS

The primary focus of the first and second years is to establish and consolidate your competence in understanding and using the Spanish language. In first year, ab initio students (at beginner level) attend five hours of language; non-beginners have four hours. Both attend one hour of literature and one hour on contemporary Spain. In second year all students attend three hours of language classes and four hours of literature per week.

In the first two years the course covers three main areas:

  • „ Language: grammar and syntax, text analysis, translation, and practice in speaking and listening.

  • Contemporary Spain: an introduction to history, socio-political issues, cinema, art, and current affairs.„

  • Literature: close study of a varied range of modern Spanish and Spanish-American literary texts..

THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

You will continue with language tuition, taking three one-hour classes each week:

  • Writing, text analysis, translation and spoken Spanish;
  • Grammar, syntax and vocabulary.

Following on from second year, in third year you will take one-semester courses in the literature of the Spanish Renaissance, and modern Spain and Spanish America, together with Spanish linguistics. The format is one lecture and one tutorial per week. Students are encouraged to give oral presentations on the texts followed.

FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

If you elect to study Spanish in fourth year, you will work more independently and with significant freedom of choice. As well as studying Spanish language, the theory and practice of translation, the Spain of the Three Cultures, and medieval Spanish literature, you will choose two other subjects from a range of special topics which include contemporary and Golden Age Spanish literature, Spanish history and cultural politics, linguistics. You will also research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of the department on a topic that is of special interest to you.

ASSESSMENT

Essays throughout each year on your courses on literature and culture are combined with continuous assessment, project work, and written and oral examinations.

Study abroad

Students are encouraged to spend a year in Spain on an Erasmus exchange at one of the universities with which we have close associations, such as Granada, León, Salamanca, Sevilla, Oviedo, and Barcelona. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a Spanish-speaking country prior to taking your final exams.

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What our current students say

Siona Wu Murphy

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time learning Spanish at Trinity as part of a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) degree which gave me the chance to closely study the Spanish and Latin American cultures through the written and verbal language, literature, translation and history. The high quality of teaching, and overwhelming support from lecturers, combined with small intimate classes, meant that each student had the opportunity to actively participate in class, and receive individual attention, creating for us a learning experience that encouraged us to perform to the best of our ability. My Erasmus experience in the University of Granada was one of the highlights of my time in Trinity and was invaluable in developing my language skills and networking capability. I really enjoyed writing my dissertation, with access to extraordinary resources and rare books.”

Course Options

Award

B.A.

Number of Places

41

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR001
This is a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) course please read TSM

Options

Spanish must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Spanish see: TSM possible combinations.

See also:

TR024: European Studies

TR090: Business studies and Spanish


Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate H4 In a language other than English

Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C In a language other than English

Other EU examination systems See www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/


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+ Non-EU Applicants

+ Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

+ Advanced Entry Applications

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR001
This is a Two-Subject Moderatorship (TSM) course please read TSM

Options

Spanish must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Spanish see: TSM possible combinations.

See also:

TR024: European Studies

TR090: Business studies and Spanish