Study Abroad and Exchanges



SPA1171 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overal aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:
* focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral/aural competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexial accurancy and range)
* prepare students for the future study of language
* facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media.

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in Spanish. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise Spanish in groups (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for two consecutive weekly hours. Additionally, there will be a one-hour grammar lecture every week. The module is taught in Spanish (except for the grammar lecture) and assessed by coursework and exam. Students cover a variety of topics including: youth issues, the environment, tourism, culture, and social and economic issues in contemporary society.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Communication; development of spoken and written communicative competence by study of a thematic programme which includes topics and aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture and contemporary society such as 'supersticiones, los jovenes, moda and racismo';
- A wide-ranging coverage of the grammar system of modern Spanish including study of the noun, adjectives, adverbs, articles, the major tenses, the indicative and subjunctive moods and the active and passive voices; 'ser' and 'estar'; pronouns, comparative constructions, prepositions, participles, negations, infinitives and gerunds; and
- systematic development of lexis in a wide range of contemporary themes and settings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Language Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA1071Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching in the language classes will focus on communication while the grammar lectures will focus on the foraml structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language classes.

Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of portolio tasks, pair and group work and self-study at home and in the Language Resource Centre. Initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination501M100In-class assessment of portfolio tasks and speaking
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Continuous assessment helps students assess their progress throughout the year in the four skills and grammar providing formative, regular feedback and stimulating independent learning.

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