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The second most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 400 million native speakers, Spanish has official status in 21 countries:  Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.  Spanish is also an official language of Puerto Rico.

British Council, (2014) Languages for the Future 




Taking Spanish with IWLP as part of your degree (for 20 credits)?

  • If you are in the first year of your course (Part 1 or PGT) - select through online module selection as you do for your other modules. If the selection window has closed go to module surgeries or support centres.
  • Returning students (Parts 2/3 and 4) - please discuss with a support centre how to change/add your module choices.
  • During the enrolment process you may be asked to complete a Placement Test

Taking the language with IWLP but not as part of your degree (as non-credit)?

If you are unsure or have any further queries please contact the ISLI Admin Office on ; 0118 378 7318; or in person, Room 224 Edith Morley Building.



LA1PS1-IWLP Spanish 1

This beginner module is for students with no knowledge (or virtually no knowledge) of the language. The module will give you basic survival skills, enabling you to make yourself understood and to find out information in common, everyday situations. Please note that students with GCSE or equivalent in the language cannot enrol on a Beginners' class. Find out more

LA1PS2-IWLP Spanish 2

This post-beginner module is for students who have some previous knowledge such as that acquired by taking IWLP Spanish 1 (or equivalent) and can cope in common everyday situations using mainly the present tense. It includes revision of the basic grammar necessary for a sound foundation in the language. Find out more

LA1PS3-IWLP Spanish 3

This lower intermediate module is for students with a basic knowledge of Spanish, such as that acquired by taking IWLP Spanish 2 (or equivalent) and can use basic past, present and future tenses reasonably correctly and who can understand the main points of spoken or written material. Find out more

LA1PS4-IWLP Spanish 4

This upper-Intermediate module is for students who have taken IWLP Spanish (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of Spanish enable them to understand the main points of everyday spoken and written material (radio, TV, newspapers), and who can express their opinions with reasonable accuracy and fluency. Find out more

LA1PS5-IWLP Spanish 5

This advanced module is for students who have taken IWLP Spanish 4 (or equivalent) and whose previous knowledge of Spanish enable them to understand the main ideas of complex language on both concrete and abstract topics. They can take an active part in discussions and/or produce clear texts on familiar topics, support ideas, discuss advantages and disadvantages, speculate about causes and hypothetical situations. Find out more

Language Ladder

If your placement test suggests that your ability is already higher than the module offered by IWLP, or if in a previous IWLP module you reached the top of the stages available, you might be able to enrol on one of the language modules offered by the Department of Modern Languages. Information and advice is available from the IWLP Coordinator responsible for your language. If you have any queries please contact




Classes are 3 hours a week, split into a 2hour and a 1hour session on different days.  Popular modules are offered in several parallel groups (A,B,C...) following the same syllabus.   You have to attend all 3 hours every week in one group.


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