Mrs Tanya May
Lecturer
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 602616
Room: French Office - 312
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

Tanya May is a Venezuelan journalist who specialised in Politics and Written Journalism. She graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, in Caracas, in 1996. She worked in several newspapers and magazines for 11 years before coming to the UK, getting expertise in newsroom dynamics in national publications such as El Diario de Caracas, Primicia, and El Mundo (Venezuela). In 2000, she gained a 'National Journalism Award' for her work done covering Economics and Finance issues in Caracas.
Tanya has been teaching Spanish for seven years at all levels in various institutions and FE colleges in Wales. She first joined Hispanic Studies in January 2006 as a Language Tutor. She completed a MA in Translation with Language Technology at Swansea University, and graduated in July 2009. Tanya specialises in Spanish and Portuguese, and currently also works as a Freelance Translator.

Teaching

  • EGIM10S Communications skills in a foreign language - Spanish

    In this module, students will be exposed to basic communication skills in Spanish. This module is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the chosen foreign language. The aim of the module is to enable students to acquire a basic vocabulary and an understanding of fundamental grammatical structures so as to allow them to communicate in a written and spoken manner. Students will also acquire awareness of contemporary foreign culture from the range of materials used.

  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • ML-S01 Translation projects A

    This module is for students who can only complete TB2 abroad. The module consists of two translation projects. Students with two language pairs are encouraged to use one in each project. Students with one language pair who can work in both directions are encouraged to do one project in each direction. Each translation project involves a translation of 5,000-6,000 words. In addition to the translation, students will be asked to write a commentary of 2,500-3,000 words which gives an overview of the translation problems encountered and the strategies applied in order to solve them. For each of the two translation projects, students will be assigned a supervisor, depending on the language combination. The source text is determined by the supervisor, but students may negotiate the domain and propose a text. Students will then need to decide who the translation is for (the ¿skopos¿). This will determine a number of translation decisions. In a series of meetings with the supervisor, students will discuss translation problems, get feedback on parts of the translation and obtain advice on how to set up a commentary.

  • ML-S02 Translation Projects B

    This module is for students who can only complete TB1 abroad. The module consists of two translation projects. Students with two language pairs are encouraged to use one in each project. Students with one language pair who can work in both directions are encouraged to do one project in each direction. Each translation project involves a translation of 5,000-6,000 words. In addition to the translation, students will be asked to write a commentary of 2,500-3,000 words which gives an overview of the translation problems encountered and the strategies applied in order to solve them. For each of the two translation projects, students will be assigned a supervisor, depending on their language combination. The source text is determined by the supervisor, but students may negotiate the domain and propose a text. Students will then need to decide who the translation is for (the ¿skopos¿). This will determine a number of translation decisions. In a series of meetings with the supervisor, students will discuss translation problems, get feedback on parts of the translation and obtain advice on how to set up a commentary.

  • MLS130 Spanish for Beginners I

    Students must have an A Level pass in a European Language. The focus will be on grammar and vocabulary, listening and speaking skills and students will acquire conversational and writing skills to carry on to Module MLS131 and a degree with Spanish.

  • MLS130W Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)

    Mae'r modiwl hwn ar gyfer myfyrwyr sydd wedi pasio arholiad Lefel A (neu gyfatebol) mewn iaith Ewropeaidd ond sydd heb astudio'r iaith Sbaeneg o'r blaen neu yn medru'r iaith ychydig. Canolbwynt y modiwl yw gramadeg a geirfa, yn ogystal sgiliau gwrando a siarad. Fe fydd myfyrwyr yn datblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu ar lafar ac yn ysgrifenedig yn y Sbaeneg i safon ddigonol er mwyn symud ymlaen i MLS131W.

  • MLS131 Spanish for Beginners II

    This module extends grammatical, vocabulary and phonetics content beyond MLS130; consolidated by detailed study and analysis of a modern Spanish language text.

  • MLS131W Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)

    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn ehangu¿r wybodaeth gramadeg, geirfa a seineg a ddatblygwyd yn MLS130W.

  • MLS208 Barcelona/Buenos Aires

    Barcelona is considered to be one of the most cultural and dynamic cities in Spain. We will examine how the city became such a motor of change at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century by considering how Barcelona became a new enterprising European city through the World Fairs, Art and architecture in Modernism, Gaudi and a novel urban environment. We will then look closely at a novel by one of Spain's leading authors, which traces the rise and fall of a character through this new developing city. Finally we will consider how culture and enterprise are used to brand the city again in the 21st century. Buenos Aires is regarded as the cultural capital of Spanish America and that continent's most European city. We will consider the rise of Buenos Aires in the 19th century (including architectural features) and look at key moments in the city's history: mass immigration from Europe, the birth of tango, the emergence of lunfardo (an Italian-based dialect peculiar to the city) and, in the political sphere, the rise of Personism and the role of Evita.

  • MLS260A Spanish Language 2A

    This module builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments. This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary Spanish society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in Spanish. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLS260AW Iaith Sbaeneg 2A

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn adeiladu ar y sgiliau a'r wybodaeth a enillwyd yn y flwyddyn gyntaf o astudio, a bydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Sbaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cymdeithasol a phroffesiynol, diriaethol a haniaethol cymhlethach, yn briodol i lefel B2 y Fframwaith Cyfeirio Ewropeaidd Cyffredin ar gyfer Ieithoedd. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Sbaeneg, i alluogi'r myfyriwr i ryngweithio mewn modd eithaf rhugl a naturiol â siaradwyr brodorol, heb straen ar y naill ochr na'r llall. Bydd hefyd yn ceisio sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ysgrifennu, dehongli a thrafod (esbonio safbwynt, gan gyflwyno manteision ac anfanteision annibynnol opsiynau amrywiol) materion cyfoes sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Sbaeneg cyfoes. Yn ogystal â hyn, bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy ddatblygu portffolio cynllunio gyrfa personol yn systematig, gan ddarparu dealltwriaeth gadarn o fyd gwaith. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS260A. This module builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments. This module aims at building on the skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of study, and will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in more complex concrete and abstract social and professional environments appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, so that the student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. It also aims at establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and debate (explaining a viewpoint, giving independent advantages and disadvantages of various options) about topical issues related to contemporary Spanish society and culture. Moreover, the module aims to enhance students¿ employability by systematically developing a personal professional career planning portfolio, providing a sound insight into the world of work. Classes will be conducted mainly in Spanish. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLS260B Spanish Language 2B

    This module builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLS260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish. This module aims to build on and consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired in MLS260A. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims at preparing the students for their Year Abroad and/or extend intercultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to Spain and Latin America. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability, by training them to do a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. Classes will be conducted mainly in Spanish. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLS260BW Iaith Sbaeneg 2B

    Mae¿r modiwl hwn yn adeiladu ar y sgiliau a'r wybodaeth a ddatblygwyd yn MLS260AW a'u atgyfnerthu drwy ganolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder wrth ysgrifennu a siarad Sbaeneg ymhellach yn unol â lefel B2 y Fframwaith Cyfeirio Ewropeaidd Cyffredin ar gyfer Ieithoedd. Ei nodau penodol yw paratoi'r myfyrwyr ar gyfer eu blwyddyn dramor a/neu gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth ryngddiwylliannol, ehangu geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu a gwneud cyflwyniadau am bynciau sy'n ymwneud â Sbaen ac America Ladin. Bydd y modiwl hefyd yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy eu hyfforddi i wneud cyflwyniad llwyddiannus gan ddefnyddio adnoddau TG priodol. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS260B. This module builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge acquired in MLS260A by concentrating on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish. This module aims to build on and consolidate the skills and knowledge acquired in MLS260A. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish appropriate to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It specifically aims at preparing the students for their Year Abroad and/or extend intercultural awareness, widening students¿ vocabulary to read, write and do presentations about topics related to Spain and Latin America. The module also aims to enhance students¿ employability, by training them to do a successful presentation using appropriate IT applications. Classes will be conducted mainly in Spanish. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module.

  • MLS270A Intermediate Spanish Language A

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. It concentrates on developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to Professional Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Business Spanish. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS270B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS270AW.

  • MLS270B Intermediate Spanish Language B

    This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students who have previously taken MLS130 and MLS131 Beginner Spanish (or equivalent) and MLS270A Intermediate Spanish, and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to the ideas underlying Sustainable Development (SD) in Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Spanish in SD-related contexts. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS270A. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS270BW.

  • MLS300A Spanish General Language 3A

    This module is the culmination of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to communicate orally and in writing at a near-native level. This module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students from the beginners and advanced language pathways. It concentrates on developing clarity, fluency, organisation, structure and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm understanding of the finer points of the language relating to grammar and discourse, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS300B. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS300AW.

  • MLS300AW Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3A

    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn darparu pob myfyriwr Astudiaethau Ysbaenig gyda'r cyfle i ymarfer a datblygu sgiliau cyfieithu o'r Sbaeneg i'r Gymraeg, ysgrifennu yn Sbaeneg (drwy ysgrifennu traethawd), a sgiliau cyfathrebu a llafar yn Sbaeneg. Fe fydd dosbarthiadau ysgrifennu a llafar yn ffocysi ar ymarferion a phynciau penodedig, ac fe gynorthwyir rhain gan weithdau gramadeg fydd yn cryfhau ac yn ymestyn gwybodaeth gyfredol. Fe fydd y gweithdai yn cynnwys ystyriaeth o ragenwau, cymalau perthynol, trefn geiriau a geiriau cysylltiol.

  • MLS300B Spanish General Language 3B

    This module will provide all students of Hispanic Studies with practice and development of skills in translation from English to Spanish. Writing and oral classes will focus on specific exercises and topics and will be supported by grammar workshops that will reinforce and extend current knowledge. The workshops will cover the subjunctive, compound tenses, infinitives, gerund, participles and uses of `se¿.

  • MLS300BW Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3B

    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn darparu pob myfyriwr Astudiaethau Ysbaenig gyda'r cyfle i ymarfer a datblygu sgiliau cyfieithu o'r Gymraeg i'r Sbaeneg, ysgrifennu yn Sbaeneg (drwy ysgrifennu traethawd), a sgiliau cyfathrebu a llafar yn Sbaeneg. Fe fydd dosbarthiadau ysgrifennu a llafar yn ffocysi ar ymarferion a phynciau penodedig, ac fe gynorthwyir rhain gan weithdau gramadeg fydd yn cryfhau ac yn ymestyn gwybodaeth gyfredol.

  • MLSM06 Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students

    This module is intended to allow advanced technical linguists/translators to learn another language ab initio (or, I the case of French, post-GCSE) to a useful level of practical competence in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The approach will be communicative, but with the strong grammatical and analytical underpinning appropriate to advanced learners. Students will be taught in the same groups as undergraduates following existing Level 1 modules, to allow for group work and communicative exchange, but with augmented assessments and learning outcomes. Languages offered (subject to availability) : French, German, Italian, Spanish and Welsh.

  • MLSM07 Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students

    Professional translators typically need to be able to offer 2 languages pairs. Translation MA students who may have given up another language on leaving school can take this opportunity to pick it up again at Intermediate level and develop more advanced translation skills. This module combines the post A-Level first year General Language programme with, in the second semester, the corresponding Level 2 Translation Workshop (working into English). MA students join first and second year groups as appropriate, attending all classes and taking all assessments for the relevant modules. The final mark for the MA module is composed of the overall averages for the L1 General Language and L2 Translation Workshop modules, weighted 2:1. NB: this module involves 3 hours/week of classes in semester 1 and 4.5 hours/week in semester 2, and is only offered subject to satisfactory timetabling arrangements being available.

  • MLSR26B Semester 2 Abroad - Universidad de Valladolid

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills and get a sense of university study in the area of one of your languages of study in the BA Modern Languages.

  • MLSR27 Universidad de Alcala de Henares - Year Abroad

    Study Abroad

  • MLSR27B Universidad de Alcala de Henares - Semester 2

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills and get a sense of university study in the area of one of your languages of study in the BA Modern Languages.

  • MLSX02 Universitat de Velència

    This module gives you the opportunity to increase your language skills and get a sense of university study in the area of one of your languages of study in the BA Modern Languages.