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2010/11 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1827 Lower Intermediate Spanish for Business

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Caroline Campbell

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

Year running 2010/11

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU level 1 or equivalent in this language

This module is approved as an Elective

This module is approved as a Skills Elective

Module summary

Foreign language skills can give a significant boost to your opportunities for employment and in your life as a whole. As a student at the University of Leeds, you are entitled to take a Language Centre foreign language elective in any year of study and gain formal academic credit for it. Modules are available in a wide range of languages and to suit a range of abilities and timetables.The emphasis in our teaching is on achieving practical communication in all of the four main language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our teaching takes place in practical and interactive weekly classes of no more than 16 learners and uses the modern facilities and technology of the Language Centre, including our excellent Self Access Area. Most of the modules run over both semesters, but not all do: check our full listing carefully. Modules entitled Beginners are reserved strictly for those who have never engaged in any formal learning of the language. For all other modules, from Elementary to Advanced levels, we will direct you according to your qualifications and experience.For full details on all of our modules and services, visit our website or email us at


The aim of this module is to progress students from GCSE level to AS-level in the four skills, with an emphasis on oral communication.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- handle lengthy conversations in familiar and unfamiliar settings, as long as the language used is relatively simple;
- be understood by native and non-native speakers without difficulties;
- express facts and opinions concerning their field of study;
- understand authentic short audio and video extracts concerning their field of study;
- produce longer pieces of writing concerning their field of study;
- understand and produce a limited range of business correspondence.

Students will also develop an understanding of the structure of the language and culture of the country(ies) where the target language is spoken.


A post-GCSE course which encourages communication in the target language. The study of grammatical structure and the acquisition of cultural awareness are incorporated into the language learning programme.

Self-study in the Language Centre Self-Access Area is integrated into monitoring and assessment. Self-study normally includes more than one of the following elements: work with designated CALL packages, videos, audio cassettes, live TV programmes and individual language programmes suited to self-study. This guided independent work will be outlined in the Scheme of Work for the course.

Topics/skills covered at this level include:
- dealing with more everyday formal and informal work situations
- giving and asking for instructions and opinions
- using the target language in spoken and written modes to seek and gain employment
- presenting and explaining ideas and information.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class222.0044.00
Private study hours156.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Guided independent study
- Preparation of coursework
- Preparation for final assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 in-course assessments, testing all 4 main language skills;
Homework tasks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment3 assessments, testing all 4 main language skills50.00
In-course AssessmentHomework tasks10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins20.00
Practical Exam / OSCE1 hr 00 mins20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/05/2011


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