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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1093 Spanish for Beginners (A1 of the CEFR)

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Alba del Pozo Garcia

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

FLTU1801Spanish for Scientists
FLTU1802Beginners Spanish 20 credits, Semester 2
FLTU1803Beginners Spanish 20cr Sem1&2
FLTU1805Beginners Spanish
FLTU1808Beginners Spanish
SPPO1090Spanish Language for Beginners 1A

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module enables absolute beginner students to develop their language skills up to A1 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.


To develop their language skills and competence up to CEFRL A1 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 an awareness of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases with a specific communicative purpose
2. introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have
3. interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


The syllabus for this module typically includes the following elements:

• giving and asking for personal information, greetings and farewells, seeking for linguistic items clarification
• expressing intentions, speaking about interests and expressing the reasons why you do things
• describing places and countries, expressing existence, location and speaking about the weather
• identifying objects, expressing necessity, shopping, speaking about preferences
• speaking about appearance and character, expressing likes and dislikes, speaking about personal relationships
• speaking about daily life and expressing frequency
• asking for and giving information about food, restaurants and eating habits
• describing places where you live, what you like about a place, asking for and giving information about a places
• talking about past experiences, skills and abilities

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class202.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Review of the lesson/lecture and preparation for the weekly lectures/classes – 60 hours
Guided and independent study each week – 40 hours
Assessed work write-up – 30 hours
Exam preparation – 30 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly homework and tutor feedback both written and orally.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioIntegration of several linguistic skills (ie. narrated PowerPoint presentation)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

1 x activity set semester 1 week 6 and due semester 1 week 8.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins30.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Practical Exam / OSCE - Speaking exam. Speaking exam re-sit on campus or via video conference in August resit period.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/08/2023


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