SP2L3-Advanced Spanish Language I

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: SP1L2 Intermediate Spanish Language or SP1L1 Beginners Spanish Language
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: SP2L2 Intermediate Spanish Language and SP2L4 Advanced Spanish Language II
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mr Raúl Marchena Magadan

Email: raul.marchenamagadan@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is aimed at students who in Part 1 have successfully completed SP1L2 Intermediate Spanish Language and build on the work done in either of those modules. Students that achieve exceptional results in SP1L1 Beginners Spanish Language might be considered for this module.  

Students who successfully complete this module will have achieved a level of competence in Spanish comparable to level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.


Following on from Part 1 courses, this module aims to consolidate and further develop students’ competence in spoken and written Spanish language; and to equip them with the linguistic skills needed for the period they are to spend in a Spanish-speaking country in the Year Abroad.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

• demonstrate a good understanding and appropriate use of Spanish grammar and syntax;

• demonstrate an understanding of both written and spoken Spanish , in different registers and styles;

• express themselves clearly and fluently in both written and spoken Spanish in both formal and informal situations;

• show familiarity with an appropriate range of Spanish vocabulary and an ability to use it.

Additional outcomes:

This modules 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 to 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.

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 30 30 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 27 25
    Exam revision/preparation 4
    Advance preparation for classes 15 15
    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 96 96 8
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 50

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 50% of the module mark. 

Formative assessment methods:

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

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Required text books: Information provided in the module reading list.

    Last updated: 11 June 2019


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