ULSP10050 - Beginners' Spanish 'Fast Track'

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This course is only for Romance language students (e.g. French, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese) or students with GCSE A*/B or equivalent in another Romance language
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Spanish. This course is not open to native or near native Spanish speakers
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September until May)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course covers the equivalent of Spanish Beginners and Pre-intermediate Spanish in one year. It is designed for Romance language students, for example incoming Erasmus students who have not studied Spanish before but are able to progress at a faster pace due to their linguistic background. It is also recommended for students who have a successful track record of learning another modern Romance language (e.g. GCSE A*/B grade or equivalent). It aims to give students a good foundation knowledge of reading, listening, spoken and written skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work and studio-based and authentic texts. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand short, simple messages and announcements as well as texts using high frequency everyday language;
  2. read short simple texts and find specific information;
  3. communicate in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about a familiar topic;
  4. write simple notes, messages and short personal letters or texts about familiar subjects.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Students who complete this course with satisfactory attendance and with a minimum mark of 65% will be given a UNILANG certificate of recognition.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Ana Niño

Taught by

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Maximum entry

25 per group

Set texts

Textbooks will be complemented by tutor with extra contents and resources in line with the CEF standards for each level.

Recommended texts

Reading: Easy Spanish Reader with CD-Rom ISBN 9780071603386; Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, ISBN: 9780008142018


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