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The awareness of the nature of language and its basic role in human life is an essential asset for any language learner. This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the workings of language with special emphasis on Spanish. Students will become familiarised with basic notions of Spanish grammar from a practical point of view. To this end, a contrastive approach between Spanish and English will be followed. Students will examine and discuss the different ways in which the two languages are structured and how they convey meaning. A whole array of practical activities, with special focus on translation, will be proposed to practise the elements of the Spanish language that are different from English and tend to be problematic for English speakers such as the Spanish equivalents of the verb to be, word order, verbal tenses, idiomatic language use, prepositions, etc. Although the contents of this module will follow an applied approach, the emphasis is not so much on language practice but on structural language analysis.