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2023/24 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 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

A2 CEFRL or equivalent (i.e. Spanish Advanced Supplementary)


SPPO1091Pre-Intermediate Spanish Language (A2 of the CEFR)

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO1092Intermediate Spanish (B1 of the CEFR)
SPPO2010Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2
SPPO2011Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2
SPPO2220Spanish Language Skills B1/B2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This 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.


To 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class322.0064.00
Private study hours86.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Review 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 Feedback

Weekly homework and tutor feedback both written and orally.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioIntegration 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)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)2 hr 00 mins40.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Speaking re-sit via video conference in Summer assessment period

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:46:53


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