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BA Latin and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Spanish Language 3

Unit code SPLA51030
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit consists of language tuition in spoken and written Spanish at post-A level standard, with special emphasis on grammatical accuracy and vocabulary. Students of Spanish and Business and Management will be allocated to one weekly class for integrated skills where the thematic focus is on business and management issues, although the skills acquired will be the same for all students. They will share the 2 hour grammar and writing class with students of other degree programmes.


Students who take this course must have passed A-Level Spanish or have an equivalent level of competence. This course is not available as a free-choice option.


The course aims:

  • to provide students with materials leading to the acquisition of a solid understanding of Spanish grammar and syntax;
  • to enable students to communicate correctly in Spanish through a range of written, oral, and comprehension exercises, including prose and translation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1(+) of the Common European Framework

Teaching and learning methods

1 x 2 hour weekly grammar, translation into Spanish writing skills class.

1 x 1 hour weekly class for integrated skills.


All students will be expected to attend all classes, to participate actively in class discussion and group activities, and to engage in regular independent language learning devoting an average of seven to ten hours per week to work on the various language skills. The Independent language learning, undertaken by all students, will be monitored throughout the year and will form the basis for the oral examination at the end of the second semester.  Additionally there will be one individual meeting per semester with a language tutor to monitor the progress of the portfolio and get personalised feedback.

This course uses a web-based learning environment called Blackboard as a supplement to support and manage aspects of teaching and learning. Every student should try to log into Blackboard as early as possible in the year. Students will find class materials, feedback as well as a variety of extra resources to consolidate the grammar learned in class and to encourage independent learning.

The student will be required to complete weekly a series of online tests, participate on the discussion forums and contribute in a vocabulary wiki.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Passive and active knowledge of a whole range of grammatical structures of the Spanish language.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in written and oral Spanish in a variety of situations.
  • An awareness of cultural potential problems of translation.
  • Responsibility for their own learning.

Intellectual skills

  • The ability to understand selected texts in Spanish, through knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and cultural awareness.
  • the ability to develop powers of analysis and use them to solve problems;

Practical skills

  • An ability to communicate in written and oral Spanish.
  • The ability to manage time and work to deadlines.
  • The ability to participate in pair and team work.
  • Creativity

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communication and presentation skills, both oral and written through presentations and teamwork.
  • Self-management and study skills, including learning how to learn through self-reflection activities and self-evaluation.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Showing capacity to improvise.
  • Role adaptability.
  • Computer literacy.

Employability skills

Generally, communications skills are developed through frequent presentations and teamwork, self-management skills are promoted through independent work, creation of a language portfolio, problem-solving skills through translation and role-plays, and IT skills through web and computer assisted language learning. Finally, creative skills are fostered through creative writing and a task-orientated approach.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

- Overall performance and participation


- A grammar, vocabulary and writing examination


- A written examination


- An oral examination



 Students will be expected to submit a piece of work as requested by their tutor every two/three weeks.


Semester 1 and 2



1 hour (in January)


2 hours


10 minutes












This coursework is formative and it does not count towards the final course result. However, it is essential to do it consistently in order to gradually get the necessary preparation for the final exam.



Feedback methods

Students will regularly receive individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and oral presentations plus face-to-face discussion if desired. Besides, the tutor will provide in-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises.

Additionally, global feedback (delivered orally in class/posted to Blackboard/as a hand-out) on frequent errors or omissions will be provided to the whole class to indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion.

Finally, the collaborative group work and pair work used in these classes to practice presented language also facilitates peer feedback.

Summative feedback on Semester 1 examination will be given in the form of the mark given and/or a general description on how the group of students performed in the exam. Additionally, the answers to the exam questions will be made available through Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Set texts:        

- P. Muñoz and M. Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold). Students are strongly recommended to begin work on this book BEFORE the semester starts.

- Diccionario Oxford español-inglés, inglés-español (O.U.P.)


Recommended texts:

- E. Spinelli, English Grammar for Students of Spanish (Arnold)

- L. Aragonés y R. Palencia, Gramática de uso de español para extranjeros: Teoría y práctica (SM)

- R. E. Batchelor & M. A. San José, Using Spanish Vocabulary (Cambridge University Press)

- Diccionario didáctico del español. Básico (SM)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano Unit coordinator

Additional notes

You will be expected to engage in regular independent language learning, and we provide guidance to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner.  You are encouraged to use the facilities in the Language Centre, which include on-line material, grammar and reference books, language laboratories, self-access materials and satellite TV. As well you will be encouraged to attend cultural activities in institutions such as Instituto Cervantes.

The Independent language learning, undertaken by all students, will be monitored throughout the year and will form the basis for the oral examination at the end of the second semester. Additionally there will be one individual meeting per semester with a language tutor to monitor the progress of the portfolio and get personalized feedback. 

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