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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1010 Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1

20 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Mr Antonio Martinez-Arboleda

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade A or B in A-level Spanish (B1)

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

SPPO1010 is an integrated Spanish language skills module, designed to continue Spanish language learning after A-level. The module places particular emphasis on the development and application of the four skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) in a variety of relevant communicative contexts.


The key objectives are that on completing the module students will:

1. Understand the core grammatical functions in Spanish and analyse syntactically complex sentences;

2. Understand the main points of accessible written journalistic, academic and literary texts in Spanish;

3. Understand the main points of clear spoken Spanish on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university, leisure, etc;

4. Produce different types of “clear and detailed” texts in Spanish in a variety of contexts, including adverts, letters, blog entries and short narrative pieces, in a clear and purposeful manner with a level of accuracy that allows successful communication with native speakers;

5. Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for plans and opinions in Spanish, including their views on current affairs, cultural production and their own learning experience;

6. Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes communication with sympathetic native speakers quite possible without significant strain for either party;

Learning outcomes
Students will gain knowledge of Spanish Grammar at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and will acquire a level of discursive, lexical and functional competence which will allow them to communicate in professional situations both in writing and orally.


This is an integrated language skills module, designed to enhance and consolidate inherited structures, and to provide a firm foundation for Spanish learning in a University context. The module makes use of a combination of textbook materials and bespoke language learning activities.

Students will have 3 contact hours a week: 1 x 1 hour grammar lecture in a large group, and 1 x 2 hour language class which will be taught in a small group and will cover all the language skills, including oral practice. I-n-class teaching is supported with online exercises and regular homework.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class202.0040.00
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Working on autonomous learning portfolio (50 hours)
- Reading and preparing texts for the lectures and language classes (30 hours)
- Undertaking exercises and other activities in preparation for class (30 hours)
- Revising/preparing for exams (30 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- In relation to portfolio work, during the office hours of your tutor throughout the academic year and particularly during Feedback Week at the start of Semester 2;
- Individual performance in oral activities within language classes;
- Individual performance in Online Time-Limited assessment (test) in Semester 1 test;
- Individual performance in online formative assessment tests;
- Team performance in writing exercises in lectures;
- During the course of all lectures and language classes.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

A Portfolio of Activities of Autonomous Learning to be completed in several instalments during the academic year (30% of the module mark).

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins15.00
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins35.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

The resit for any written component of this module, will take the form of a 2 hr closed exam. The resit for the oral component will comprise an oral examination conducted on campus or via skype

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/10/2020 12:06:51


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