Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 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 Exam The oral examination takes the form of a 20-minute interview with the oral class tutor. 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 the 6-8 topics covered during the second-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.  Oral examinations.  20%
Semester Assessment 50%: Ten written assignments, five of them under exam conditions(those taken under exam conditions count twice as much as the others), 10%: attendance, active contribution and performance in small groups, 20%: listening comprehension (2 tests)  80%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3 written examination (unless ONLY the oral component is failed, in which case the supplementary exam will be an oral examination)  100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, if you have made satisfactory progress, you will be able to:

- identify your own improvement in Spanish vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in written - and spoken language
- differentiate between major stylistic levels of Spanish
- recognise and understand different linguistic registers in Spanish
- translate selected Spanish passages showing idiomatic, authentic style and grammatical usage
- present independently prepared material in spoken or written Spanish
- discuss and debate topical issues in Spanish
- summarise in your own words selected pieces of written or spoken Spanish
- give your own insights into contemporary Spanish life and culture
- take part in role-plays in Spanish
- enter into conversation in Spanish with confidence in your ability to express youself

Language modules have, as an integral part of their structure, regular homework assignments and class tests as well as end of year examinations. All assessment is designed to measure your progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Brief description

Certain classes focus on written skills: here the aim is to further the student's understanding and active awareness of contemporary Spanish vocabulary, idiom and syntax in ways that are varied and interesting. Other classes focus on conversational skills, notably the oral class where the priority is to develop confident self-expression in a relaxed but active atmosphere.

A weekly class, which utilises the course book and other selected material, seeks to develop expression by discussion and by the completion of exercises that include gap-filling description and oral commentary, while the written assignments for this class comprise comprehension, precis, essay writing and translation from Spanish. This is complemented by a fortnightly class which is primarily devoted to translation into Spanish and in which accuracy is stressed. Students will have several written assignments and are required to do assessed work regularly on CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) in the Language Laboratory.

Listening comprehension (a skill of considerable for the Intercalary Year) will be practised weekly during the year in class. it will be assessed by tests which will contribute 20% of the total module marks. You are expected and strongly advised to practise listening comprehension in your time (e.g. in the language laboratories) : this is a skill where practise does indeed make perfect.

In the weekly oral class and the debate/discussion meetings students are required to offer presentations in Spanish on given topics and are expected to participate actively in role play games and discussions relating to contemporary issues.

Note: Students are expected to obatin a card-key for access after 5pm to the Language Laboratory and computer terminals.


This module is at CQFW Level 5