SPN-90007 - Spanish 7
Coordinator: Ines Gutierrez-Gonzalez Tel: +44 1782 7 33113
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Students must have completed Spanish 6 or equivalent (e.g. AS-level grade B, A level grade D or lower, CEF level B1)

Barred Combinations

Description for 2022/23

This module is designed for students with a good knowledge of Spanish who have completed Spanish 6 (or equivalent). It will develop advanced communication skills in everyday situations as well as in more complex contexts, in particular in discussing a range of topical issues in Spanish or understanding contemporary Spain and the Hispanic world. Students will study some aspects of Latin American countries through their oral presentations and others like Chile, Sahara, etc more in detail in class.
Students will consolidate the skills they have acquired at previous levels and build on them by moving beyond the situations of everyday life to more challenging and stimulating tasks such as how to write a letter of presentation for a job, imagine the future and robotica, to set rules in given contexts etc. Students will extend their vocabulary base and be introduced to the more complex grammatical Spanish structures, including the contrast of past tenses, the use of periphrasis, to express conditions and future hypothesis, obligation, prohibition, impersonality, etc.
All language skills - reading, listening, speaking and writing as well as the pragmatic-socio cultural dimension of the language - are integrated in every tutorial. Students will also investigate the ways to learn and acquire a language, based on their own motivations and difficulties when learning Spanish.
The course book will be supplemented by a range of video material and there will be a variety of tasks and exercises during each class, such as discussion and role play; listening comprehension and reading and writing tasks and students will be required to complete a range of self- study tasks. Furthermore, extensive use will be made of Spanish/Hispanic resources available on the Internet to consolidate vocabulary, grammatical structures and themes dealt with in class. There will be further self-study opportunities via Keele Learning Environment (KLE). Feedback on formative and summative assessments will be provided at regular intervals.
There is also a Spanish club once a month led by students where to meet Spanish native speakers and learn further aspects of Spanish and Hispanic culture. Languages exchanges are also organised by the school.

Provided that students apply themselves fully to the course, by attending all classes, full use of practice materials on KLE will and engaging whenever possible with Spanish native speakers, the language level of this module corresponds to work leading to initial steps of Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR -B2).

This is a course taught predominantly in Spanish and aims for the students:
- to develop an advanced mastery of Spanish and to enable communication, in both written and oral mode, in more formal areas of Spanish.
- to acquire a better understanding of contemporary Spanish society (such as education and social and political issues) as well as to introduce them more thoroughly to the various cultures and varieties of Spanish in the Hispanic world.
- to reflect on the language learning process and deploy language learning strategies appropriate to their level of competence.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

understand extended speech and lectures: 1,2
interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible: 1
present clear descriptions on a wide range of subjects: 1
write clear text, expressing points of view: 2
use Spanish online resources including Spanish and Hispanic media: 2
demonstrate awareness of correct grammar, register and style and of different varieties of Spanish
: 1,2
demonstrate awareness of cultural issues in Spanish speaking countries: 1,2
read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints, in different varieties of Spanish: 2

Study hours

20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time
100 hours class preparation and revision and private study
22 hours revision for and completion of written exam
8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam

School Rules

Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment form.
Students are only allowed to take one Spanish language module per semester.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessment
A 8-10 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student.

2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing exam
Examination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.