The course is designed from a primarily normative focus. Any theoretical aspect shall immediately deal with the effective use of the language through examples and hands-on exercises. To this end, we will take into account the level of theoretical knowledge and experience that it is demanded from the future journalist. We insist, therefore, in the skill of comprehension and expression, both of the spoken language and the written language. This objective, the learning and mastering all the theoretical aspects essential for the proper domain of the Spanish language, requires the active participation of the student in the class. In the theoretical classes, the lecturer will provide sufficient information so that the students acquire basic knowledge of the language and speech, the regulatory system of contemporary Spanish language, various levels of analysis and the keys of linguistic competence. During the practical and theoretical classes, we will emphasize the review and development of linguistic and expressive, both oral resources (orthology), as well as written (spelling and grammar). Also the participation of the student in the correction of exercises, readings and comments will be considered an evaluable matter and it might influence the percentage described below in the final mark. During hours of tutoring, the lecturer will solve any relevant doubts about theoretical, methodological and practical aspects and he will guide the student to perform the prescribed academic work. The students' achievement on the specific and general objectives (both theoretical and practical ones) will be evaluated through the following criteria and exercises:
1)Classroom participation, that is, activities carried out by the students, such as the exercises of grammatical and orthographical comprehension, exercises of style correction, readings and various types of discussions. (30%)
An oral presentation about a planned reading assignment, chosen by the student, from the complementary reading list. (20%)
3)A final examination in which the students will answer theoretical and practical questions. The lecturer will ask, on the one hand, questions about the basic concepts which are included in the course syllabus. The second part of the exam will consist of a series of text exercises about orthographical and grammatical correction. Once the examination is finished, the lecturer will demand the students to go over their exams, in order to correct their mistakes, discordances, reiterations and, above all, orthographical mistakes. (50%)
4)The correction and cleanness of any texts (exercises, commentaries, critiques, examinations) which will be handed over to the lecturer. The orthographical correction, writing and expressive competence will be valued (linguistic pact). The marks in exercises and examinations will be reduced from 0,5 points (in the case of serious spelling mistakes) to 0,25 points (in the case of minor spelling mistakes).
In the face-to-face mode, attendance and participation in class will count 10%, there will be two written practices (a motivation letter and a short work on transmedia narrative), which will count 10% each. In the same way, an individual oral examination will be carried out on one of the readings of the recommended bibliography (to choose between La seducción de las palabras, Intemperie, El secreto del orfebre or La ciudad y los perros), that will suppose a 20% of the note. The remaining 50% will consist of a final exam in which students must respond to theoretical and practical questions. The teacher will ask, on the one hand, questions about basic concepts collected and presented in the agenda. The second part of the test will consist of a series of spelling and grammar correction exercises.
In the non-face-to-face modality, 100% of the grade will depend on the final exam, which will consist of the same characteristics as that of the face-to-face modality, but to which a section will be added in which students must answer a series of related questions with the reading of El estilo del periodista, by Álex Grijelmo.
Spelling correction, writing and expressive competence (linguistic agreement) will be assessed. The score in papers and exams will be reduced from 0.5 points (serious offense) to 0.25 points (slight lack). Special consideration will be given to the orthographic correction of all texts
Type A = Severe offense a) Spelling errors are considered serious, excluding accents; the invention of words not recognized by the Royal Spanish Academy or not considered as technicalities of the area of ¿¿knowledge or scientific field in question; the use of words with a different meaning than they have, due to confusion with others; the errors that attempt against the elementary norms of the grammar. b) They will be taken into account from the second offense in the first cycle and from the first in the second. From the second in the second cycle when it comes to foreign students. c) Only one foul per word will be counted, even if it contains more than one error. If the same word appeared erroneously more than once, even with different errors, a single fault would be computed. If the same word appears both wrong and correctly written, it will not be considered missing. Type B = Slight failure a) Accentuation, punctuation, use of upper and lower case letters, italics, quotation marks, concordance and sentence structure are considered minor. b) One fault will be counted for every ten errors of these types.
It is essential to obtain a grade of 5 on the exam to be able to take the average grade with the rest of the class notes. In the case of suspending the final exam and having to go to a new call, the average