SPAN10050 Spanish Language I b

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for students who are progressing towards a high intermediate level of Spanish (Level B1 of the CEFR). It is conceived primarily for students pursuing Spanish to degree level, but will also be suitable for students of other subjects and disciplines to take as an Elective. Students from the Languages Connect/ Languages For All strand are also welcome to enrol.

It builds explicitly on SPAN10010 and aims above all to develop competent independent learners; it therefore seeks to amplify the aspects of language learning established in SPAN10010: a) reading and writing texts in Spanish; b) the development of a strong grammar foundation so students can progress to the high level of accuracy they need for in-depth study of Spanish; c) developing listening and speaking skills through small group tutorials.

The module takes an integrated approach to language learning. Therefore students are required to participate actively in class and to work autonomously outside the classroom completing set activities as well carrying out independent study if they are to progress well.

Students who have achieved at least a B grade in this module are deemed to have reached the CEFR level B1.

PLEASE NOTE that this module focuses on practising and improving linguistic competence so participation in language classes is mandatory.

In-module repeats of select component elements may be made available during this module for students.
Any in-module repeat is only available to students who have already sat and failed an in-term component; it carries a one-grade penalty; and it does not extend to orals or RDS exams.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

- Write and read texts on topics related to the cultures of Spain and Latin America;
- Use a good range of vocabulary to express themselves with accuracy in written texts and in oral interaction on topics related to Hispanic culture;
- Demonstrate a reasonable degree of grammatical control, accuracy and sentence structures in written and spoken language, in particular using the present subjunctive;
- Employ sufficient communication skills to speak about a topic related to Hispanic culture in a natural dialogue;
- Express personal opinions about information arising from authentic materials (aural or written).

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative summary of topics. The contents may vary.

Weekly small group tutorials based on written texts and other materials.

This module is divided into five units which introduce learners to the cultural diversity of Spanish speaking countries integrating grammar, written, audio & oral activities in Spanish.

The specifically grammar-based contents include regular and irregular verb conjugations in the Imperative and the uses of the Subjunctive.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students attend 2 weekly small-group tutorials based on a textbook including written texts from varied sources, audio materials which show native speakers speaking naturally, and grammatical exercises. The language spoken predominantly in the tutorials is Spanish and students are required to participate actively and to form opinions and offer responses orally and in writing.
Before and after the tutorial students are expected to engage with all aspects of the module and continue their autonomous learning in order to reach the expected language level. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students wishing to take this module without having studied the Semester 1 module SPAN 10010 MUST have reached A2 of the Common European Framework and be progressing towards B1 of the Common European Framework.

Learning Recommendations:

SPAN 10010

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LANG10230 - Spanish Gen Purp 1, LANG10240 - Spanish Gen Purp 4, LANG10260 - Spanish Gen Purp 2, LANG20100 - Spanish Gen Purp 5, LANG20390 - Spanish General Purposes 3a, LANG20400 - Spanish General Purposes 3b, LANG20470 - Spanish General Purposes 4, LANG20490 - Spanish General Purposes 6, SPAN10060 - Span Language I b (Beginners), SPAN10150 - Intensive ab initio Spanish Ib

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Class test involving competence in reading, writing and listening. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Examination: 2 hour written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Oral Examination: 10 minute Oral exam Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

No matter what the nature of the assessment may be (i.e. combinations of reading, writing, speaking or listening), constructive collective and/or individual feedback will be given on-line through Brightspace or in person during consultation hours.

Name Role
Dr Pascale Baker Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Philip Johnston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Paul McAleer Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tara Plunkett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Maria Rodríguez Villaumbrales Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mariama Alves Tutor
Monica Galindo Gonzalez Tutor
Mr Julio Sanz Tutor