LA1PS9N-IWLP Spanish 1 plus 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:
Modules excluded: LA1PS1 IWLP Spanish 1 LA1PS2 IWLP Spanish 2 LA1PS3 IWLP Spanish 3 LA1PS4 IWLP Spanish 4 LA1PS5 IWLP Spanish 5 SP1L3 Advanced Spanish Language 1
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mrs Pilar Gray-Carlos


Summary module description:
This module is intended for students with some knowledge of Spanish below A1 of the CEFR derived from some previous study or informal encounter; or some passive knowledge of vocabulary grammar and structures derived from either study of other romance languages or by close similitude to one of their spoken languages.

This module aims at enabling students to achieve a CEFR A2/A2+ level within a defined range of topics.

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 languages where handwriting is assessed, computers are not allowed. For queries, contact

The module aims at providing students with:

-the ability to communicate in Spanish in everyday situations about matters of most immediate personal relevance.
-a competence in basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate at a basic level in everyday situations
-insights into aspects of society and everyday life in Spanish-speaking countries

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:
-Participate in an everyday conversation with one sympathetic native speaker.
-Ask for clarification, talk about routine activities in the past and express future plans.
-Express likes and dislikes.
-Catch main points in short, clear messages, conversations and announcements.
-Find specific, predictable information in everyday material.
-Understand text that consists mainly of high frequency everyday language.
-Write short to medium length connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest using basic structures accurately.

Additional outcomes:
-developed their ability to work in a team and to a deadline
-strengthened their communication skills
-identified further aspects of society and every-day life in Italian-speaking countries
-deepened their intercultural awareness and sensitivity for a different culture
-developed their independent learning skills

Outline content:
The module will introduce and develop the language and communicative situations of selected areas relevant to visiting and living in Italy. Topics will include travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing, past and future experiences, etc. A solid linguistic foundation will continue to be ensured by the study of grammar and vocabulary, always presented in context and in an accessible and engaging way.

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, including audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 36 41 3
Guided independent study 44 49 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:

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:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:”
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Length of examination:
A two-hour paper.

Requirements for a pass:
Min. 40% overall for UG students, 50% 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%). If the student has passed the oral exam, that mark is retained when the written exam is re-sat.

Last updated: 6 April 2016

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