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 are the consolidation of the grammatical knowledge of Spanish, the acquisition and increase of lexicon, and the improvement of comprehension and expression in both written and oral forms. Students are required to submit written work (grammar exercises; translation, comprehension and composition on a weekly basis). Some of these pieces are formative and others are assessed and the average mark of the latter provides with the final 25% mark for the course. There are two written tests under exam conditions (Translation class test and Reading Comprehension class test) at the end of each term that provides a further 50% of the final mark for the course. The remaining 25% of the final mark is made up of marks awarded to two formal oral presentations and one debate.

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 the target language (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 the target language (Spanish) and respond to the ideas of others in the group and to the questions of the tutor.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Recognize and understand core linguistic terminology
  • 6. Use a bilingual and learners 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 the target language (Spanish)
  • 10. Express and discuss views as a group

Syllabus plan

Each week the different contact hours will be distributed as follows:

  •     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
Plenary session22Explanation and practice of grammatical structures in context
Translation from Spanish into English22Developing comprehension of Spanish texts and accurate translation into English
Reading Comprehension and Composition in Spanish22Developing skills in producing accurate written Spanish as well as acquiring new lexicon
Oral practice22Work on improving confidence in spoken Spanish
Guided independent study211
DML Language Lecture1Term 1 Week 6 Lecture

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Translation2 translations from Spanish into English Terms 1 and 2 300 words approx.1,2,5,6,7Marked work and review in class
Reading comprehension2 Reading Comprehensions Terms 1 and 21,3,5,6,7Marked work and review in class
Listening Comprehension2 e-tests in Terms 1 and 2: 1 hour each1,3,5Written and oral feedback
Oral practice1 debate Term 23,4,7,9Oral 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
Coursework201 Translation (Spanish into English), 1 Reading Comprehension, 1 Composition in Spanish1,2,3,5,6,7Written feedback
Oral exam (Practical exam 1)201 individual presentation (10 minutes max.) 1 group debate (20 Mins max)3,4,7,8,9Written and oral feedback
Listening Comprehension (Practical exam 2)101 hour1,3,4Written feedback
Written Examination (Reading Comprehension in Spanish and Translation)502 hours (May/June)1,2,3,5,6,7Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
as above2 hour written exam1,2,3,5August exam period

Re-assessment notes

The written exam in August is a replacement of the assessment and it does consist of a Translation and a Reading Comprehension and it does become 100%


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

Also in addition, the coursework booklet (a collection of newspaper articles and literary extracts) containing the texts for assessment for the course are posted at the beginning of the academic year.

Web based and electronic resources:

Follow links to MLS 1001 and it is possible to access “enlaces de utilidad” (useful links) with access to online dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, television channels including the Cervantes television channel, and radio programmes, as well as access to the web page of the Cervantes institute:

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