BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response and Spanish / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Spanish Language 3

Course unit fact file
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 

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
A grammar and vocabularly test 25%
A written examination 50%
An oral examination based on the presentation of an Independence Language Learning Portfolio (ILLP)  25% (15% + 10% ILLP) 
Weekly take-home coursework and online tests Formative


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.)  

- Diccionario Clave (SM),   


Recommended texts:  

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

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



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 66
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This module offers the opportunity for students to contribute to a newspaper (El Periódico de Español) and to participate in a series of cultural events organised by the Instituto Cervantes. Students may also want to join the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Student Society (SPLASSS) to take part in a variety of social activities. 

You will be expected to engage in regular independent language learning for which, guidance will be provided. 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. Attending the cultural activities and events organised by the Instituto Cervantes will also be encouraged. 

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