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SPA1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Samuel Anaya-Guzman
  • Lecturer: Professor Ian MacKenzie
  • Other Staff: Ms Gloria Alvarez, Miss Raquel Beltran Puig, Ms Maria Zubelzu de Brown, Ms Tatiana Gitman Ughetti, Ms Lucy Hill
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

- Focus on developing the students' written communicative and oral communicative competences in the target language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range, register and pronunciation);
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with
speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.
- Prepare students for the future study of the target language (including written and oral communicative skills, and intercultural awareness) and for their future learning experience (including independent learning and study skills; reflective skills and self-regulation).

This module is available to all students with an A-level or equivalent in the target language.

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.

The module is taught and assessed in Spanish and English

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Non-synchronous online grammar activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion310:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Synchronous language seminars, PiP on campus if possible or online if Covid-19 restrictions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery221:0022:00Synchronous grammar drop-in surgeries online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA1171Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 1
SPA1271Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Synchronous language seminars, either on campus if possible or online in case it becomes necessary for the teaching format to change in the light of the public health situation. In which case, the provision for the seminars would be to have one zoom hour with half of the group whilst the other half does some guided activities online and swap during the second hour.

2. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on communication skills while the recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language seminars, associated work and preparation.

3. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos
and related activities, online guided tasks, pair and group work, assessment preparation and completion, and selfstudy via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas and in the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities.

4. All students will be supported in their study of formal and informal aspects of the Spanish language and their study skills via a weekly synchronous drop-in surgery.

5. Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A attend a bridging hour (“accuracy and fluency”) to help bring them up to the standard of students studying Level B on entry. Stage 1 students directly studying Level B have an extra 22 hours of independent study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40On campus
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPA1171Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 11N/A
SPA1271Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M201 writing assignment based on written sources (combining reading and writing)
Oral Examination2M20Oral recording or oral test
Portfolio2M201 oral assignment based on audio / video sources (combining listening and speaking)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative tasks prior to Final Exam
Portfolio1MStudents are able to obtain feedback on language and content on the comprehension and production of spoken Spanish
Portfolio2MStudents can obtain feedback on language, structure and pronunciation on a presentation or recording about a course topic
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework (40%) will encourage regular work on the four language skills and enable students to receive regular formative feedback. It will help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement, thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.

The oral assessment (20%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally in a clear and structured manner, and enable them to receive feedback on their work and speaking skills.

The final written exam (40%) takes place during the exam period of Semester 2. This assessment will test students’ ability to write in the target language to produce a well-structured text and include grammar / reading.

In case it becomes necessary for assessment to change in light of the public health situation, the final exam will be a 24-hour take-home online exam.

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