SPA1071 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish

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/aural competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range)
- prepare students for the future study of the 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.

The module is taught and assessed in Spanish and English

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Bridging hour for Stage 2 students who have progressed from Level A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1112:00112:00N/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

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

Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of portfolio 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.

Stage 2 students who progressed from Level A attend a bridging hour 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 Examination1202A40N/A
Aural Examination502M20N/A
Written Examination502M20In-class assessment in each Semester. The best mark will count towards the final module mark.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SPA1271Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Designated speaking test
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Oral assessment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Written exercise2MFormative tasks prior to in-class assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%) on Reading/Writing/Grammar.
- One listening test (20%).
- In-class assessment of portfolio tasks. There will be an in-class assessment in each Semester but only the best mark will count towards the final module mark (20%).

Resit: As written examination.

Continuous assessment helps students assess their progress throughout the year in the four skills and grammar providing formative, regular feedback and stimulating independent learning. The formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in the module.

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