Spanish Language (MLS1001)

StaffMs Isabel Moros - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesA-level or equivalent in Spanish
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module's aims to teach:

  • Grammatical knowledge of Spanish
  • Increased lexicon
  • Improvement of comprehension
  • Expression in both written and oral forms

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a secure knowledge of the core grammatical features of the Spanish language and be able to tackle structured grammatical exercises
  • 2. Attempt straightforward translation exercises into and out of Spanish and present a basic argument in written Spanish in answer to clearly defined topics
  • 3. Demonstrate skills in understanding Spanish by carrying out aural and reading comprehensions
  • 4. Within the context of a small group, express basic ideas and opinions orally in Spanish and respond to the ideas of others in the group and to the questions of the tutor

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Recognise and understand core linguistic terminology
  • 6. Use a bilingual and learner’s monolingual dictionary to establish basic meanings and to find key grammatical information
  • 7. Engage, under guidance, with the Spanish language media printed and online

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Work in groups at solving a variety of basic linguistic tasks
  • 9. Communicate at an adequate level in Spanish
  • 10. Express and discuss views as a group

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Plenary session: Introduction to the grammatical point under study in context
  • Reading Comprehension/Composition/ grammar
  • Translation: Development of translation techniques and strategies from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish
  • Oral practice: Debates and presentations

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 and teaching22Plenary session - Explanation and practice of grammatical structures in context
Scheduled learning and teaching22Translation from Spanish into English - Developing comprehension of Spanish texts and accurate translation into English
Scheduled learning and teaching22Reading comprehension and composition in Spanish - Developing skills in producing accurate written Spanish as well as acquiring new lexicon
Scheduled learning and teaching22Oral practice - Work on improving confidence in spoken Spanish
Scheduled learning and teaching1DML language lecture
Guided independent study211Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Translation2 x 300 words1, 2, 5-7Marked work and review in class
Reading comprehension2 reading comprehensions1, 3, 5-7Marked work and review in class
Listening comprehension2 x 1 hour1, 3, 5Written and oral feedback
Oral practice1 debate 3, 4, 7, 9Oral feedback

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
Coursework20Translation (Spanish into English), Reading Comprehension, Composition in Spanish1-3, 5-7Written feedback
Oral examination20Individual presentation (10 minutes) 1 Group debate (20 minutes)3, 4, 7-9Written and oral feedback
Listening comprehension101 hour1, 3, 4Written feedback
Written examination502 hours (May/June)1-3, 5-7Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examination
Listening comprehension
Written examination2 hour written examination1, 2, 3, 5Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Jaime Corpas, Agustín Garmendia, Nuria Sánchez, Carmen Soriano, Aula 4 Internacional B2.1. ( Difusión. Barcelona, 2014) ISBN: 978-84-15620-85-3.
  • Ane Ortega, Tita Beaven, Cecilia Garrido and Sean Scrivener ¡Exacto! A practical guide to Spanish grammar. (Arnold Publishers 2002)
  • Christopher J Pountain, Teresa de Carlos and Angela Howkins, Practising Spanish Grammar (a workbook). (Hodder and Arnold 2006)
  • Pilar Seijas, Bibiana Tonnelier, Sergio Troitiño. Cuadernos de gramática española (Difusión. Barcelona 2011)
  • A bilingual dictionary, e.g. C Smith, Collins Spanish-English, English-Spanish Dictionary (6th edition 2000)
  • A monolingual dictionary, e.g. Larousse , Pequeño Larousse ilustrado

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Regular showings of Spanish and Latino American films during the year and a very comprehensive audiovisual section in the library. Very good set of resources also for developing language skills at the Foreign Language Centre.

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

Spanish, written, oral