LA1PS5N-IWLP Spanish 5 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: LA1PS4 or equivalent
Modules excluded: LA1PS6 IWLP Spanish 6 SP1L3 Advanced Spanish Language 1
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Pilar Gray-Carlos


Summary module description:

The course is aimed at students with an entry level of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1 or B2.1.  On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEFR B2.2.

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain confidence, precision and accuracy in expressing themselves in written and oral Spanish. It will increase awareness and understanding of current present affairs in the Spanish speaking world.

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 with the ability to cope with an academic course, read media or to understand non-standard correspondence; the ability to cope with work, academic, social and cultural situations; to develop awareness of the importance of style and register in social, academic or work situations; the ability to discuss abstract/cultural topics with a degree of fluency and a range of expression.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students will have built up competence to contribute effectively to meetings and/or seminars. Understand texts expressed in non-standard language and understand complex ideas/opinions as expressed in serious written or spoken topics. They will be able to write letters on most subjects in the appropriate register.

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 own student’s academic subjects and areas such as cultural, economic and social affairs.

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 varied texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio, internet, power point presentations, realia, books, etc. 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

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% 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%.)

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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