Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
SP10740 / SP11220
A-level or equivalent in Spanish
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 3 hours per week and 1 hour per fortnight


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignments and active contribution  20%: Eight written assignments, four of them under exam conditions (those taken under exam conditions counting twice as much as the others), 10%: Oral, 20%: Listening comprehension  50%
Semester Exam Oral examination in Semester 2  The oral examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview. During this interview the candidate will be asked: (a) to offer a brief presentation (maximum 5-7 minutes), in Spanish, on a selected topic and (b) to engage in a general conversation, arising in the first instance from one of four topics covered during the first-year oral classes. Only one topic will be provided per candidate. Candidates thus need to be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics. The presentation topic will be provided to the candidate 20 minutes before the examination (exact arrangements will be on the notice-board well before the examination). Candidates are reminded that they are not allowed to read from a script; they may not bring extensive notes to the examination (notes will be collected at the end of the examination); they must not deliver a previously learnt speech. The presentation should lead into (and be constructed so as to lead into) a conversation and further discussion of the topic. A more general conversation will follow.  20%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Written exam in Semester 2  30%
Supplementary Exam If the module has been failed, the supplementary exam will consist of a 3-hour written examination which will count for 100%. If the student has failed the oral exam but has a passing average without the oral exam being taken into consideration, the supplementary exam will consist of an oral examination only (same format as in May/June). The mark of this supplementary oral exam will be integrated into the final mark. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- identify an increase in their own skills in independent language study since A level
- demonstrate the improvement in their linguistic knowledge and skills since A level
- display proficiency in Spanish grammar and syntax at the appropriate level
- translate selected passages from and into Spanish
- identify registers of written Spanish
- use a range of linguistic structures
- communicate in written and oral Spanish at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- use a relatively extensive Spanish vocabulary
- give their own insights into key aspects of Spanish society
- participate in debate at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- respond with clear understanding of spoken Spanish
- demonstrate familiarity and confidence in the spoken application of Spanish grammar
- perform role plays in Spanish
- make individual presentations in Spanish
- demonstrate an improvement in fluency and accuracy in pronunciation since entry
- make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the Language Resource Centre (video, audio, satellite television)

Brief description

This is a thin module with 3 hours per week and one hour per fortnight extending over Semesters 1 and 2. Students will do a range of listening/writing/oral exercises. All classes will be devoted to the integrated study of the Spanish language in its cultural context. Exercises will be set regularly. Marks for these - and for occasional tests in class - will constitute the CA mark for the course.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Collins or Oxford Spanish Dictionary Primo search Butt, John and Benjamin Carmen (2004) A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish 4th Hodder Arnold Primo search Kattan-Ibarra, Juan and Howkins, Angela (2008) Spanish Grammar in Context 2nd Edition Hodder & Arnold Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4