2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SPPO2221 Practical Skills in Spanish B1/B2
15 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Juan Muñoz-López
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsA2 CEFRL or equivalent (i.e. Spanish Advanced Supplementary)
|Pre-Intermediate Spanish Language (A2 of the CEFR)
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Intermediate Spanish (B1 of the CEFR)
|Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2
|Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2
|Spanish Language Skills B1/B2
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module enables students with a CEFRL A2+ in Spanish or similar level of linguistic competence in Spanish (i.e., Advanced Supplementary) to further develop their language skills, to complete level B1 and to start and progress towards level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).Language Learning in this module is student-centred and task-based. The classroom is conceived as a social space for communication. Listening, reading, writing, speaking, interaction and mediation tasks will be set.
ObjectivesTo consolidate knowledge of Spanish studied during the level 1 modules SPPO1091 and SPPO1093 (or equivalent) and expand students’ linguistic knowledge of Spanish at independent users’ level and develop skills and competence towards CEFRL B2 level/equivalent.
Teaching is divided into a series of units, developing various important skills, such as the ability to work in a team, to a deadline, and the ability to assimilate and organize language material and present it in a given register, style and context.
Students should also develop a deeper awareness of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
The student will be able to
- understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. and will be working towards the understanding of the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics.
- deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken and will be working towards interaction with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- produce simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and will be working towards the production of clear, detailed text on a range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
The syllabus for this module typically includes the following elements:
- Speaking/writing/listening/reading about habits in the present and about past experiences.
- Speaking/writing/listening/reading about future actions and situations and formulating hypothesis about the future.
- Expressing prohibition, obligation and impersonality.
- Summarising the plot of a book or a film.
- Giving advice and recommendations.
- Giving instructions.
- Expressing wishes, claims and necessity.
- Making proposals and proposing solutions.
- Reported speech.
- Expressing cause, consequence and purpose.
- Expressing interest and feelings.
- Showing agreement and disagreement.
- Describing objects and their main characteristics, and people and personality.
- Assessing situations and facts.
- Expressing opinions about objects, actions and behaviours.
- Making hypothesis and expressing different degrees of certainty.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyReview of the lesson/lecture and preparation for the weekly lectures/classes – 40 hours
Guided and independent study each week – 30 hours
Exam revision – 16 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWeekly homework and tutor feedback both written and orally.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Integration of several linguistic skills (i.e. Narrated Power Point presentation pitching a marketing campaign for a new product. The presentation is accompanied by a 500- word report to be submitted to the client)
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Portfolio Assignment 1: Set Semester 1 week 8, due semester 1 before Christmas break; Portfolio Assignment 2: Set semester 2 week 4, due semester 2 week 6. Submission in August re-sit period of those termly pieces failed/missed
|% of formal assessment
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)
|2 hr 00 mins
|Practical Exam / OSCE
|0 hr 10 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Speaking re-sit via video conference in Summer assessment period
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 23/06/2022
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