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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1010 Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1

20 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Alba del Pozo GarcĂ­a

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

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

This module is not approved as a 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.


Students will gain knowledge of Spanish language up to a 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 different situations both in writing and orally

Learning outcomes
The key objectives are that on completing the module students will:
1. Understand 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


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. In-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
Oral PresentationOral contributions and orals tasks in class20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

A Portfolio of Activities of Autonomous Learning to be completed in several instalments during the academic year (30% of the module mark). Oral tasks and contributions will be assessed in class during the academic year (20% of the module mark)

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins15.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)2 hr 00 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/10/2022


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