SPN-90001 - Spanish 1
Coordinator: Angela Millington Tel: +44 1782 7 33279
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

Students are only permitted to take one Spanish language module per semester.
Students can only take one absolute beginners' language module (90001) in any one academic year.
This module cannot be taken as a Level 3 elective.

Description for 2019/20

Spanish is one of the world's major languages and is growing. You do not have to aim for total fluency. Basic language skills can be very useful to employers and will help you get a lot more out of travel to Spanish-speaking countries. It's a multilingual world and companies are increasingly aware of the advantages of recruiting people with language skills. Whatever career you choose to follow, your Spanish skills will help you get more from life.
This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. It will develop basic communication skills in Spanish - mainly in a familiar register- in everyday situations. Alongside the Spanish language, you will also be introduced to some aspects of Spanish culture: some Spanish traditions and customs, and culture-specific behaviour.
The emphasis will be on oral communication skills but you will also develop your reading and writing skills in Spanish. We will use a course book which will give a basic outline and structure to the course, but the book will be supplemented by regular video work and other materials. There will also be the opportunity to practise and reinforce vocabulary and language structures by using computer exercises in WebCT/KLE, linked to the weekly classes.
The language level of this module corresponds to work leading to Level A1 in the European Common Framework for Languages (CEFR -A1).

The module aims to provide students with a feel for the language, with a special emphasis on oral communication skills, and to introduce them to aspects of Spanish culture.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Fill in forms with personal details, for example entering their name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Understand familiar words and phrases, for example on notices and posters. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
Use simple phrases and sentences to describe themselves and people they know. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
Understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences concerning themselves and their family and friends when people speak slowly and clearly. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 3,4
Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat things at a slower rate of speech and help them formulate what they are trying to say.
will be achieved by assessments: 3
Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need. will be achieved by assessments: 3,4
recognize and act upon basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations, incorporating the socio-linguistic functions of greeting, thanking, and differentiating familiar versus formal forms of treatment. will be achieved by assessments: 3
develop and reflect upon strategies for successful future language learning will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

22 hours contact time
44 hours completion of course work tasks (KLE and other exercises)
54 hours class revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam and listening exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at oral exam

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 20%
Coursework documenting student's progress.
The course work will comprise of tasks such as vocabulary exercises, written-up role-play dialogues, KLE tasks, listening and reading comprehension exercises, grammar exercises, very simple translations, written-up self directed learning tasks and class participation. Students will also be required to complete a reflective study diary.

2: Exam weighted 40%
1-hour unseen examination
examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.

3: Oral Exam weighted 20%
oral exam
A short oral exam including tasks such as question and answer, role-play or presentation

4: Listening Comprehension weighted 20%
30-minute listening test
30-minute listening comprehension test based on authentic material