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Spanish language – University of Reading

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Spanish language

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)?

(Please note applications for non-credits opens on 1st September 2021).

If you are unsure or have any further queries please contact the IWLP Team on or telephone 0118 378 7318.

LA1PS1-IWLP Spanish 1

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.

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.

LA1PS4-IWLP Spanish 4 (NOT AVAILABLE In 2021-22)

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.

 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.


No additional fees are required for IWLP modules if you are:
  • A current Undergraduate/Postgraduate Taught student taking IWLP modules as part of your 120/180 credits for the year (with permission by your School in your module specifications).

For other students:

  • Non-credit fees are currently £340 for the year. This will be billed to your student account during November.


  • PGR students: If your School is going to fund your IWLP module please get an agreement form signed by your School Director of Teaching & Learning. Those not being funded will be charged £340 to their student account in November.
  • Staff: All staff are required to pay for their IWLP module. The fee is £340. If your School/Dept are willing to fund your module, please complete and return the agreement form

All forms can be emailed to


We hope you will enjoy your IWLP module. If however there is a reason you need to withdraw, you will need to complete a iwlp withdrawal form. We cannot remove you from our records until we have received this form, even if you have told your home department/tutor. You can withdraw before Friday of Week 4 in Autumn term (22nd October) without being charged.  Any withdrawal after this date, you will need to pay the full £340.

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