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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1090 Spanish Language for Beginners 1A

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Jose-Juan Munoz-Lopez

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

A level in a foreign language at grade A or B.

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1800Beginners Spanish
FLTU1801Spanish for Scientists
FLTU1802Beginners Spanish 20 credits, Semester 2
FLTU1803Beginners Spanish 20cr Sem1&2

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module enables absolute beginner students to further develop their language skills and to complete the level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).Language Learning in this module is student-centred and task-based. The classroom is conceived as a social space for communication. Both written and oral tasks will be set.The teaching is by means of the Spanish language with students gaining a thorough grounding in Spanish grammar, the ability to write and speak the language with basic competence in a variety of contexts and sufficient confidence and skills to undertake private readings in Spanish and use them as a learning tool.Students who have some previous knowledge of Spanish should seek advice on what other modules are available to them according to their level and should not sign up for this module.There are other Spanish Language modules available in the Spanish Subject Group (modules starting with a SPPO code) and modules in Spanish Language taught in the Language Centre (modules starting with a FLTU code).


At the end of this module students will be able to:
- show a basic knowledge of Spanish grammar, including a fair level of competence in some Spanish verbal tenses of the indicative, as well as in the basics of the present of the subjunctive mood;
- use a vocabulary of approximately 500 words and be able to recognise about 1,000 words;
- write basic texts in Spanish;
- communicate in some basic everyday situations, showing awareness of cultural conventions in language usage, produce very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type, introduce him/herself and others, ask and answer questions about personal details and interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Learning outcomes
-Some of the principal grammatical constructions and basic communicative functions, both oral and written are introduced;
-An active vocabulary of approximately 500 words around the topics and areas covered.


The module will follow the textbook Aula 1 Internacional (Barcelona: Difusión).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Homework: 60 hours
- Assessed work write-up: 30 hours
- Private reading: 40 hours
- Exam preparation: 30 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Class attendance
- Regular homework assignments, including short pieces of writing.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 50 mins20.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:41


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