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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1813 Elementary Spanish 20 credits, Semesters 1&2

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Ana Sevilla-Merino

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU Level 0 or equivalent in this language

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a basic knowledge of the language and wish to take their Spanish to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving a practical level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing greater confidence and accuracy when using the language in a limited range of situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in the Spanish-speaking world and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking societies and some of the major cultural and linguistic differences.


With their beginners' competence in Spanish, students taking this module should be able to build on their existing knowledge of the language and develop and extend their ability to communicate and function in Spanish.

They should also further develop their understanding of Spanish and Latin-American cultures and know how to avoid major social, cultural and linguistic faux pas when speaking Spanish and/or when in Spanish-speaking countries.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used instructions, commands and expressions in the topics covered;
- read short texts in Spanish;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- handle short conversations in a familiar context;
- understand, and make themselves understood by, a proficient language speaker in specific contexts;
- demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Spanish in Spain and Latin America and English;
- produce short pieces of independent writing in Spanish;
- demonstrate their knowledge of key areas of grammar.


Topics such as:
1. Talking about yourself and others
2. Talking about routines, habits and interests
3. Talk about future plans – talk about your future and holidays
4. Health and illnesses identify parts of the body, express feeling and states of mind, describing symptoms, frequency of them, giving advice and prescribe medication
5. Talk about your past- describe studies, holidays and experiences in the past
6. Shopping clothes – buying clothes, describe and compare items, express preferences
7. Lost property and theft – Describe in detail what has happened, how, when and where something was missing, report a lost property
8. Written communication – Write or reply to informal email or letters - write/reply a formal letter
9. Customs and Traditions – Introduction about customs/ celebrations and festivities in Spain and South Americas
10. Arranging to meet with friends and colleagues. Accepting and declining invitations
11. Describe and look for an accommodation Describe parts of the house, Make a phone call and find out about property. Ask and understand directions.

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

Guided independent study each week including review of the lesson, self-study and homework tasks, preparation and practice for the final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Guided independent study, participation in class, feedback on homework and in-class task and preparation for the final speaking exam.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins50.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 13/05/2024


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