Spanish Beginners Fast Track (FLS2130)

StaffMrs Ana-Maria Murdoch - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Spanish Beginners Fast-Track provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in Spanish.

Spanish Beginners Fast-Track aims to:

Provide students with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish and the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

Enable students 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 Spanish is spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of Spanish.

Spanish Beginners Fast-Track exit level is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework.

Students who successfully complete this module will progress directly to Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track, FLS2430.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish.
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc in Spanish.
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your 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 your learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in your field and hold a conversation in Spanish which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgments
  • 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:


Grammatical terms, Spanish spelling, adjectives (colour, nationality, etc.), regular verbs Ser / Estar / Hay, root changing verbs, present continuous tense, reflexive verbs, possessives, future: going to/hoping to/intending to/thinking of ... Ir/esperar/tener la intención de/pensar + infinitive, gustar and other impersonal verbs, commands: imperative with tú + other ways of giving instructions, comparatives más/menos + muy/mucho/demasiado, Tener/Hacer idioms, direct and indirect object pronouns, written accents, uses of past tenses: imperfect, preterite, perfect and pluperfect, the conditional tense, uses of ser/estar/haber, por and para and other prepositions, demonstratives and possessives,


Welcome to the Hispanic world / Talking about self and others / Family and Describing people, Introductions, personal information and studies, Eating and drinking out / Describing home, rooms and furniture / Daily routines / Talking about future plans / Weather / Shopping / Likes and dislikes / Instructions / At the airport, bus and train station / Holidays and travel / Making and accepting invitations / Biographies and past experiences. Talking about past holidays and giving biographical information, The world of work: job descriptions, applying for a job, writing a CV and letter of application, Holiday plans and renting an apartment. Talking about the recent past, problems and routine, Describing how life used to be, Now and then: talking about what has changed in your life, Shopping, leisure activities and food. Recounting an event in the past, Following instructions, Expressing hopes, wishes, wants. Advising and doubting, telling a story in the past with more detail.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities88Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities
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)Variable1-5Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In Class Test201.5 Hours in Term 11-6, 7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
In-Class Listening Task1545 Minutes2, 7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Oral Test25Approx. 10 minutes.1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written Exam401.5 Hours examination1-5, 7Written Feedback sheet (upon request)

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In Class Test, In class Listening Test, Written ExamWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%, Written Examination = 75%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Prisma Fusión (A1+A2) - Libro del alumno + CD, published by Edinumen (2007). ISBN: 9788498480559

 Suggested Readings:

 A Spanish Learning Grammar, by Mike Thacker and Pilar Muñoz (Routledge, 2012). ISBN: 9781444157338


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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

February 2017 by José C. Tenreiro Prego

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