Course 2 (Spanish) Study Abroad Term 2

Module summary

Module code: SPAN1010
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Maria Arche


Pre and co requisites

This course is suitable for students who are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks. They are able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions, but with lapses in accuracy, fluency, appropriateness or organisation.


The study of the target language at all levels will involve the development of three key areas:

a) the ability to use the target language for purpose of understanding, expression and communication;
b) the ability to acquire the explicit knowledge of the language;
c) the ability to develop cultural and intercultural awareness and understanding of the target language community and society.

The specific aims of the course are:

1) to enable the student to use basic and more complex forms of the language in both formal and informal contexts;
2) to enable the student to develop lexical and grammatical range appropriate to both formal and informal contexts;
3) to develop an awareness of style and register in the language;
4) to enhance understanding of the structure of the language, and help the student to apply grammatical understanding to develop competence in the language;
5) to foster the confidence and enthusiasm to engage in further language learning;
6) to help students to develop strategies for self assessment and encourage autonomy in language learning;
7) to explore a variety of aspects of the culture of the target language.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

1) use a range of language functions to communicate orally and in writing in both social and professional environments;
2) demonstrate comprehension and ability to communicate accurately and in the target language;
3) demonstrate the ability to communicate and comprehend appropriately in the target language;
4) demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the main structures and registers of the target language
5) work autonomously and use various tools for enhancing language learning;
6) develop the ability to work creatively and flexibly with oneself and others;
7) demonstrate an awareness of some cultural aspects of the target language.

Indicative content

Each language produces its own teaching programme.

Teaching and learning activity

Language Learning will require 2 hours teaching contact-hours and 1 hour conversation class with a native speaker (learners will be asked to complete an oral portfolio). Learners will be required to gain access and complete a wide range of activities in the Language Centre as part of their study (portfolio).
Language learning will involve the following:

a) the exposure to authentic material (target-language material in a variety of forms: written texts; listening comprehension activities; oral presentations; reading activities);
b) the learning of the grammatical structure of the target language;
c) the use of a variety of language-learning resources (e.g. CALL programmes and self-access exercises);

The course will draw on all the usual methods used in communicative language teaching. The teaching will be conducted in the target language and will involve class participation in discussion and group work. Students' autonomy will be encouraged and students should be prepared to work on their own in the Language Centre as part of the course. The course will make use of written, IT materials, audio and video materials in addition to text-based information.

Language Teaching will include:

a) pair and group work;
b) discussion on prepared topics;
c) supervision of independent study learning;
d) collection, selection, presentation and evaluation of material on a given topic (both oral and written).


Portfolio - 50%
Formative and summative assessment including an independent language learning component. It requires regular work throughout the year. It involves listening, speaking, reading and written activities using the resources in the Language Centre.

Oral Assessment - 50%
The oral assessment may include oral presentations, participation in structured oral discussions, role-plays.

Pass Mark - 40%