MLS1056 - Spanish Language for Beginners

2022/3 Module description

StaffMs Isabel Moros - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

This module covers the essentials of the Spanish language in a dynamic and up to date fashion. You will follow a structured programme involving both individual learning and working with others in small groups, drawing on previous experiences of language learning to develop a better awareness of the range of learning strategies available, and of which work best for you. The sessions will be conducted in Spanish from the start in order to encourage you to become familiarised with the language and immerse yourself as much as possible in the learning process. You will be given the learning tools to follow the class and your materials will reinforce this approach.

This module can be taken by students who have no prior knowledge of Spanish, but it is also available for those who have learned Spanish up to GCSE level.

Module aims

The module is an intensive language course which aims to bring beginners and GCSE entrants to A-level standard or beyond by the start of the second year of study.  

The module includes grammar exercises; translation; composition; listening and reading comprehension and oral classes with a native speaker. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish
  • 2. Elicit, understand and communicate basic factual information in Spanish, orally and in writing displaying reasonable levels of accuracy
  • 3. Attempt straightforward translation exercises out of Spanish
  • 4. Demonstrate skills in understanding Spanish by carrying out aural and reading comprehensions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Learn how to consolidate your own learning by using available learning aids, in a variety of media, and organise this process with guidance from course tutors
  • 6. Understand the principles of learning a new language intensively, and organise learning time with guidance from course tutors
  • 7. Use a reference grammar book and a bilingual dictionary to check the structural and lexical accuracy of your writing and expression in Spanish

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Communicate at a basic level in Spanish
  • 9. Gain experience in working in groups at solving basic linguistic tasks

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover in a systematic fashion the course book, and intensive course in Spanish where new grammatical structures and vocabulary will be introduced each week and where the you will have the opportunity to put this material into practice and gradually enhance your aural and oral skills in the process. You will be able to attempt formative class tests electronically on a regular basis and in preparation for their summative class tests. You will receive feedback in class and individually.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching44Language seminars: Introduction to new grammatical points and vocabulary
Scheduled Learning and Teaching44Language seminars: Reading comprehension, written and oral practice
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Language seminars: Listening and speaking practice
Guided Independent Study190Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks (grammar test, vocabulary exercises, reading and listening comprehension, oral practice) Variable1-7Oral and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio with a variety of tasks (including Listening Comprehension) 50As described on the ELE page1-6Written and individual oral feedback
Oral assessment1010 minutes1, 2, 5, 8, 9Written and individual oral feedback
Written examination402 hours1-6Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-6Referral/Deferral period
Oral assessmentOral assessment1,2,5,8,9Referral/Deferral period
Written examinationWritten examination1-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Garrido, Pablo Campus Sur. Curso Intesivo de Español. Libro del Alumno A1-B1 Editorial Difusión. 2017 ISBN:9788416347797.
  • Ane Ortega, Tita Beaven, Cecilia Garrido and Sean Scrivener ¡Exacto! A practical guide to Spanish grammar. (Routledge 2018 3rd edition) ISBN: 9780415785068
  • A bilingual dictionary, e.g. C Smith, Collins Spanish-English, English-Spanish Dictionary (6th edition 2000)
  • A monolingual dictionary, e.g. Larousse, Pequeño Larousse ilustrado

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE – - Follow links to MLS 1056 and it is possible to access “enlaces de utilidad” (useful links) with access to online dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, television channels including the Cervantes television channel, and radio programmes, as well as access to the web page of the Cervantes institute:

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Regular showings of Spanish and Latino American films during the year and a very comprehensive audiovisual section in the library. Very good set of resources also for developing language skills at the Foreign Language Centre.

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

Spanish, language, beginners

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