LA1PS4N-IWLP Spanish 4 non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: LA1PS3 or equivalent
Modules excluded: LA1PS5 IWLP Spanish 5 LA1PS6 IWLP Spanish 6 SP1L3 Advanced Spanish Language 1 SP2L4 Advanced Spanish Language II SP1L2 Intermediate Spanish Language SP3L6C Advanced Spanish Language III (3-year programme) SP2L2 Intermediate Spanish Language SP2L3 Advanced Spanish Language I SP3L6 Advanced Spanish Language III
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Pilar Gray-Carlos


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The course is aimed at students with an entry level of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B.1.  On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEFR B2.1. 

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop fluency and confident self-expression when interacting with native speakers of Spanish. It will enable them to improve the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.  Reading University allows students from any year to take this module. Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences. Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills. They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For queries, contact

This module aims to enable students to express themselves effectively in a wide range of situations in a Spanish-speaking country; to extend their cultural awareness; to extend and enhance communicative abilities with a focus on topics relevant to students, to equip them with the ability to work and study in a Spanish speaking environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students will have built up competence in the four language skills and consolidated their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in order to be able to research, construct and present an argument in the target language, Spanish.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience in oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture. Students will be equipped to study and work in a Spanish environment.

Outline content:
Students will develop their language skills in a range of situations relating to student’s academic subjects and in cultural, economic and social contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 35
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Class test administered by School 15

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Final written exam (Reading and writing) – 35% (2 hours)

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Spring term week 4: project: Oral group discussion 10% (15 minutes)

Spring term week 5: Project: written report 15% (500-600 words)

Spring term week 11: In class test: Listening test 15% (1 hour)

Summer term week 2: Oral exam 25% (15 minutes)

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Min. 40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%.)

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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