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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3010 Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3

20 creditsClass Size: 132

Module manager: Bettina Hermoso Gomez

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

SPPO 2010 or SPPO 2011 or equivalent level of Spanish Language (B2+/C1)


SPPO2010Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2
SPPO2011Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This is an integrated Spanish language skills module, designed to enable the students to acquire the level of subtlety in appreciating nuances and communicative contexts of a native speaker, to enhance their knowledge of a wide range of linguistic usages and structures and their ability to make use of them in accordance with the intention of the speakers, the linguistic and extra-linguistic contexts or the relationship or status of the speakers at a higher level. There will be a weekly two hour lecture and a 1-hour weekly tutorial during which language tutors will provide supervision, linguistic guidance and feedback in relation to individual assessed projects (Semester 1). Seminars will concentrate on improving oral skills in a professional context. Students will engage both in individual presentations and debates around key contemporary issues. Feedback will be provided during seminars. The oral exam will take place after the Easter break.


At the end of this module students will be able to:

understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.

express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

use and adjust register according to context.

produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain knowledge on Spanish Grammar at the C1 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 professional situations both in writing and orally as a proficient speaker.

Skills outcomes
Alongside the enhancement of the four basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) students will gain competence in the following transferable skills:

Ability to:
- appreciate and use nuanced language at a higher level;
- appreciate and use at a higher level tone, register, structure and style in oral and written communication;
- interact and negotiate orally in complex situations.


Students will have two contact hours a week of language teaching in a large group, supported with online exercises, during which the following grammar and stylistic points will be covered in depth:

-textual modes and genres;
-adequacy, coherence and cohesion;
-relative, conditional, temporal, concessive, final, reason, result, modal, comparative subordinate clauses;
-reported speech;
-the expression of impersonality;
-infinitive, gerund and participle;
-verbal periphrasis;

There will be one 1-hour weekly tutorial during which language tutors will provide supervision, linguistic guidance and feedback and well-structured opportunities for oral practice on the topics being covered by the students’ projects. Oral interaction and mediating skills will be developed during these sessions.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours146.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Read to write projects preparation and writing up = 90 hours
Online Grammar exercises = 25 hours
Presentation and debate revision = 31 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Monitoring of attendance to lectures and seminars;
- Supervision of team and individual work during tutorials;
- Monitoring of oral performance in class during Sem 1;
- Assessment of oral performance in class during Sem 2;
- Feedback of project draft work in Sem 1;
- Assessment on project work in Sem 2;

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectRead to Write Project - 1,000-words (individual work)65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)65.00


Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)35.00

Oral Exam

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/09/2023


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