SP1L2-Intermediate Spanish Language

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: GCSE or AS-level Spanish or equivalent.
Modules excluded: SP1L3 Advanced Spanish Language 1 and SP1L1 Beginners Spanish Language
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mr Oscar Garcia Garcia

Email: o.garciagarcia@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to develop the language skills of students who have already achieved AS Level in Spanish or equivalent, as well as of students with an excellent GSCE Level qualification in Spanish or equivalent.

The course will provide the necessary basis for the study of Spanish to Honours degree level.  Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved a level of competence in Spanish comparable to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.


Building on the work done at AS/GSCE level, this module aims to improve the students' knowledge of Spanish language, at developing their comprehension skills and increasing their fluency in both written and spoken Spanish .

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

- demonstrate an understanding of both written and spoken Spanish , in a variety of different registers;

- express themselves confidently in both written and spoken Spanish in both everyday and more formal situations;

- demonstrate a sound grasp of the basics of Spanish grammar, and apply grammatical rules to the use of Spanish language.


Additional outcomes:

This module aims to enable students to

• actively reflect on their learning processes and preferences so as to independently develop appropriate strategies and relevant skills to ensure linguistic progression;

• make good use of appropriate reference materials (e.g. dictionaries; online resources, self-study tools, etc.);

• develop an awareness of current issues in Spanish speaking countries through the use of contemporary material;

• plan, manage and deliver work in a team.


Outline content:

The course will focus on a variety of language exercises that will introduce students in the exploration and production of written and oral texts representing a range of genres and registers. 

Classes will provide students with regular practice in free and guided writing in Spanish, and in presenting and discussing in the foreign language. Classes will also offer the opportunity for students to explicitly analyse grammatical and syntactical features in Spanish.

The course will include a Language Skills component, which will allow students to focus on activities that promote and advance their awareness of language structures in general, and on the active exploration of ways of applying such awareness to the learning of Spanish language. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will use a variety of strategies for teaching and learning, involving a mixture of group-work, class discussion and analysis, and independent work between sessions. Students will complete regular exercises as homework and will also do a variety of exercises in class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 40 40 4
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 27 25
    Exam revision/preparation 4
    Preparation for seminars 10 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 2 2
    Revision and preparation 2 2
    Group study tasks 10 12
Total hours by term 101 91 8
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 40
Class test administered by School 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Students will take a two-hour written examination, worth 30% of the final mark for the module, and an oral exam, worth 20% of the final mark for this module.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Progression of language practical skills and competence will be assessed over two terms through class tests and/or coursework projects. Students’ continuous assessment work is worth 40% of the module mark.

The Language Skills component will be assessed by a class test, worth 10% of the final mark for the module.

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback will be given on assignments and there will be the opportunity for class based discussion.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • 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[1] (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment, which will be via a 2-hour written exam, in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 1 as a whole, or (for compulsory modules only) of failure to qualify in Part 1. Continuous assessment and/or coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 8 April 2019


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