Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Spanish Language
Academic Year
Semester 1
Also available in
Mutually Exclusive
SP20130 or SP22020 SP2xx15
Only available to incoming exchange students in semester 2.
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 50%: 5 written assignments, 2/3 of them under  exam conditions (those taken under exam conditions counting twice as much as the others); 30%: oral (2 marks based on attendance, active contribution and performance in small oral groups); 20%: listening comprehension (1 test).  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify your own improvement in Spanish vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in written - and spoken language

2. Differentiate between major stylistic levels of Spanish

3. Recognise and understand different linguistic registers in Spanish

4. Translate selected Spanish passages showing idiomatic, authentic style and grammatical usage

5. Present independently prepared material in spoken or written Spanish

6. Discuss and debate topical issues in Spanish

7. Summarise in your own words selected pieces of written or spoken Spanish

8. Give your own insights into contemporary Spanish life and culture

9. Take part in role-plays in Spanish

10. Enter into conversation in Spanish with confidence in your ability to express yourself

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 importance for the Year Abroad) 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.

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

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.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Oral and written communication
Improving own Learning and Performance Online automatized exercises
Information Technology Language Software
Personal Development and Career planning Employability awareness. Translation, communication skills in the target language
Problem solving Grammar, listening, oral and translation
Research skills Academic articles on Language
Subject Specific Skills Grammar, listening, oral and translation skills
Team work Conversation classes, presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 5