ULSP10010 - Beginners' Spanish

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Spanish before.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course is for absolute beginners. It aims to give students a basic 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 messages and announcements;
  2. read short texts and find specific information;
  3. communicate in routine situations;
  4. write notes, messages and short personal letters.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1/A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

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

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written test submitted online (Reading, Writing) 30%
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%.

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.

Convenor

Sandra Torres

Taught by

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Maximum entry

22 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 Premium, Third Edition: A Three-Part Reader for Beginning Students + 160 Minutes of Streaming Audio (Easy Reader Series) ASIN: B00ZQ9J17S (Also available in Kindle Edition)

- Language practice: Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, ISBN: 9780008142018

Pathway

ULSP20110 Pre-intermediate Spanish or ULSP20010 Intermediate Spanish depending on results.