Spanish Beginners (FLS1130)

StaffMs Ana Leon - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Spanish and offers an introduction to Spanish language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Provide students with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus enabling them to communicate effectively across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at an elementary level on a variety of general topics
  • Enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations
  • Provide an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, both orally and in writing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Communicate at a basic level in the target language
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics:

Basic uses of the definite and indefinite articles, Singular and plural nouns, Personal pronouns. Direct and indirect object pronouns, Adjectives: qualifying, comparative, possessive and demonstrative adjectives, Various prepositions and adverbs, Verbs: the infinitive, the imperative, the present, the past and the future, reflexive verbs.

Topics (non-exhaustive):

Self and family: introducing oneself, stating name, age, nationality etc., and talking about the family and describing members of the family. World of work: professions, holiday jobs. Home and the environment: describing house/flat, towns and villages, finding the way around town. Shopping: buying food, clothes, Talking about leisure activities. Holidays and travel: buying train tickets, using various means of transport, booking various types of accommodation. Food and drink.

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role-playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments etc. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Tests, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
882120

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities88Language classes
Guided independent study212Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
06040

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Test201.5 hours1-5, 7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Listening Test1530 minutes2, 7Written Feedback Sheet
Oral Test257/8 minutes1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written Exam401.5 hours1-5, 7Written Feedback (upon request)
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Referral/deferral period
Written Exam, Listening test, In-class testWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%, Written Examination = 75%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Libro del Alumno + CDs A1 – New Edition (SM, 2014) ISBN: 9788467551815

Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Cuaderno de Ejercicios A1 (SM, 2011) ISBN: 9788467547382

Suggested Readings:

A Spanish Learning Grammar by Mike Thacker and Pilar Muñoz published by Routledge May 2012.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/search.php?search=FLS1130

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

February 2017 by José C. Tenreiro Prego

Key words search

Spanish, beginner