Spanish Language Written and Oral (MLS2001)

StaffDr Juan Garcia Precedo - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLS1001 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To increase the students understanding of the target language in both its written and spoken forms, to improve capacity for self-expression in Spanish, and to instil habits of accuracy and correctness of expression. To develop an in-depth knowledge of the uses of the Subjunctive versus the Indicative in all the subordinate clauses. Written work consists of translation from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish, together with a variety of reading comprehension and compositional exercises; oral work includes a number of short presentations in Spanish, together with group debates, vocabulary expansion and clarification of grammar points where necessary. Ex-beginners attend for an additional hour in the first term.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. apply knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of the target language to a variety of linguistic tasks.
  • 2. translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources (literary as well as journalistic) into the target language.
  • 3. present a detailed argument in written Spanish in answer to essay questions on a range of topics.
  • 4. engage in discussion of a range of (mainly contemporary) topics in oral Spanish, articulating your own opinions and responding to the opinions of others.
  • 5. give short oral presentations in the target language on a defined topic to a small group of listeners and engage in group discussion and debate on the topic presented.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. recognise and understand core linguistic terminology individually and as part of a group.
  • 7. use a bilingual and a learners’ monolingual dictionary to get information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.
  • 8. engage, under guidance, with the Spanish language printed and online media.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. communicate competently in Spanish.
  • 10. express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners.

Syllabus plan

Term 1: 3 hours of class per week: Language Seminar (x1); Language Seminar 2 (x1); Oral Class (x1)

  • Skills: You will be introduced to reading and listening comprehension in the target language. In addition, you will expand your grammar knowledge and will have the opportunity to develop your oral skills.
  • Topics: Areas covered will include current affairs, information about the year abroad and employment skills, such as CVs or job interviews.
  • Grammar: You will study advanced grammar topics such as a comprehensive study of the uses of the Subjunctive mode versus the Indicative in complex sentences and subordinate clauses in Spanish.

 Term 2: 3 hours of class per week: Language Seminar (x1); Translation into English (x1); Oral Class (x1)

  • Skills: You will continue expanding grammar knowledge and your listening comprehension and oral skills in the target language. In addition, you will build on your experience of translation into English acquired at Level 1.

  • Topics: Areas covered will include a range of topics relevant to the year abroad, such as the Spanish education system, as well as new Spanish and Latin-American current affairs.

Grammar: You will continue to study advanced grammar topics, including the use of the Subjunctive mode versus the Indicative in complex sentences and subordinate clauses in Spanish.

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
Language Seminar 1 22 (11 in term 1; 11 in term 2)Developing and enhancing listening comprehension skills and written composition practice. Special attention is placed to the study of the subordinate clauses.
Oral Class22 (11 in term 1; 11 in term 2)Developing and enhancing oral and listening comprehension skills. Students and tutors engage in structured small group discussions in Spanish. The methodology followed is task-oriented and student-centred with special emphasis on a communicative approach encouraging independent learning in a supportive environment.
Language Seminar 2 11 (term 1)Developing and enhancing reading comprehension skills. Systematic grammatical points are covered.
Translation into English11 (term 2)Guidance in translation using a variety of text. Discussion of the possibilities of translation and correction of the work done. Systematic grammatical points are covered.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
10 formative tasks (grammar tests, writing, oral work, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and translation)variable1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 9, 10Written 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
Reading Comprehension exam201 test: 1 hour 1,3,8,9Witten and oral
Listening Comprehension exam201 test: 1 hour 1,3,7,8,9Witten and oral
Oral exam201 debate: 20 minutes 1,4,5,6,8,9,10Witten and oral
Writing exam201 essay: 300 words approx.1,2,3,7,8,9Witten and oral
Translation exam201 translation from Spanish into English: 300 words approx.1,2,7,8Witten and oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Reading Comprehension examReading Comprehension exam1,3,8,9Ref/Def period
Listening Comprehension examListening Comprehension exam1,3,7,8,9Ref/Def period
Oral practice examOral Exam1,4,5,6,8,9,10Ref/Def period
Writing examWriting exam1,2,3,7,8,9Ref/Def period
Translation examTranslation exam1,2,7,8Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

Reading Comprehension: 20% (1 test: 1 hour)

Listening Comprehension: 20% (1 test: 1 hour)

Oral: 20% (1 debate: 20 minutes)

Writing: 20% (1 essay: 300 words approx.)

Translation: 20% (1 translation from Spanish into English: 300 words approx.)


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Jaime Corpas, Agustín Garmendia Nuria Sánchez, Carmen Soriano, Aula 4 Internacional (Difusión. Barcelona, 2007) ISBN: 978-8443-234-0. Reprinted December 2011
  • Practising Spanish Grammar (a workbook), Christopher J Pountain, Teresa de Carlos and Angela Howkins. Hodder Arnold 2006
  • Ejercicios de Léxico (nivel avanzado). Pablo Martínez Menéndez. Editorial Anaya 2001
  • ¡Exacto! A practical guide to Spanish grammar. Arnold Publishers 2002
  • 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
  • Speed up your Spanish (Strategies to avoid common errors). Javier Muñoz Bassols, Marianne David and Olga Nuñez Piñeiro. Routledge 2010

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Follow links to MLS 2001 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:

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 in ELE

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. A good set of resources also for developing language skills at the Foreign Language Centre.

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

October 2015

Key words search

Spanish, language, written, oral, Latin-America, Spain