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SPAN9010 Spanish Language Stage 4

Module Overview

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language (TL) at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the module aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
  • develop problem-solving skills.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Being proficient in and knowing how to learn a foreign language is a key skill in its own right
  • Learning, research and organisational skills
  • Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
  • Intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • Time management
  • Perseverance
  • Development of memory
  • Attention to detail


This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. Course books, reference material and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Much of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Independent learning material will be available in the Languages Resources Centre and on Blackboard.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The combination of direct teaching, opportunities for participation, and support for resource-based independent study are specifically designed to ensure that you can achieve communicative competence as outlined in the learning outcomes above. Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. While all this may seem daunting, the tutor will give you plenty of support to build your confidence and, particularly in the case of assessed work, will provide feedback which will help you to improve. Independent Learning You will also be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the language stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the Language Resource Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University where relevant, such as the Hartley Library. These facilities include on-line and computer-based resources, films on DVD, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories, satellite TV, and self- access materials. Some of the resources are available on short loan. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to build a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Completion of assessment task28
Wider reading or practice50
Follow-up work50
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Duque, E, Martín de León, C. y García Hermoso, C (2019). Palabras Clave para organizar textos en español. 

monolingual dictionary such as Diccionario de uso del español María Moliner. Editorial Gredos S.A.. ISBN 978-84-249-2886-5

John Butt & Carmen Benjamin (2000). A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish. 

Christopher J. Pountain & Teresa de Carlos (2000). Practising Spanish Grammar, a workbook. 

bilingual dictionary such as The Oxford Spanish Dictionary (latest edition). ISBN: 019 8604750


Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include: • what tasks you will be expected to carry out. • clear criteria against which your work will be assessed. • what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. Note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have read and understood this documentation, to plan your work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time. Formal assessment Coursework (40%) The above pieces of coursework will integrate examples of the following: • Individual and group oral presentations • Writing tasks in different registers • Investigative tasks • Grammar tests • Translation into English • Written and oral summaries • Listening/viewing You will have at least 2 assignments (weighted at 20% each, or equivalent) Examination (60%) Semester 1 Exam: Reading, writing and grammar Semester 2 exam: • Listening/viewing test (10%) • Speaking skills test (10%) • 2-hour examination which tests reading, grammar and written skills (40%) Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.




MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Examination  (2 hours) 40%
Test 10%
Test 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Palabras Clave para organizar textos en español. Authors: Duque, E, Martín de León, C. y García Hermoso, C ISBN: 9781138592049 Ebook ISBN 9780429490194 Published in 2019 First edition Oxon and New York Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group This book is available to buy or alternatively available as an eBook in the library.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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