SPAN30010 Spanish Language III a

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a core module, primarily for students of Spanish who are completing a degree programme but it may be of interest to students of other disciplines and Erasmus students who want to develop their skills towards a proficient user level in Spanish. The module explicitly builds on the module SPAN20060, consolidating skills equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and progressing towards C1.
The aim of this module is to produce a variety of clear, well-structured and detailed written texts in Spanish using different source materials (written and audio-visual). Furthermore, spoken interaction will be a feature of the language classes and students will be prepared for undertaking a job interview in Spanish, an activity that it will be formally assessed at the end of the module. Classes are conducted in Spanish and students will demonstrate their oral skills applying contents studied during the trimester. To complement the 2 weekly classes, it is expected that students will spend 5 hours per week working on this module, both reviewing language grammar and acquiring new vocabulary as well as completing technology-enhanced learning activities via Brightspace. Students who achieve at least a B grade in this module are deemed to be successfully progressing towards the CEFR level C1.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Display familiarity with the writing process and the appropriate text structure;
- Use appropriately and correctly a writing style that incorporates a range of vocabulary and complex linguistic structures;
- Demonstrate language skills and strategies relevant to job applications and interviews;
- Engage in self- and peer- assessment of written texts;
- Comprehend medium-length clips from Spanish TV, YouTube or other web sources;
- Research and write an extended essay in Spanish.

Indicative Module Content:

A variety of learning materials underpinning this module can grouped under two main themes:
1) Yo y los otros
2) El mundo laboral

The themes will be explored by written materials and by audio and audio-visual sources (reception) that will be complemented with activities that will required production- written, oral and on-line interaction. Further details about the content will be provided on the module handbook at the start of the trimester via Brightspace.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module adopts an integrated-skills approached to the learning of languages and requires students to take an active participation in all the learning activities associated with the module, both in class and outside the class. Students will be taught in small groups and activities will be centred around language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Those tasks will be completed individually or in groups, using the VLE. Each class will be 50 minutes long. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students are expected to have reached, or are closed to reach, an independent user level of Spanish, equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
SPAN20060 - Spanish Language II b, SPAN20080 - Spanish Language II a, SPAN20100 - Commercial Spanish for B.Comm, SPAN20230 - Spanish ex ab-initio IIa

LANG10230 - Spanish Gen Purp 1, LANG10240 - Spanish Gen Purp 4, LANG10260 - Spanish Gen Purp 2, LANG20030 - Spanish Gen Purp 3, 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

Additional Information:
Pre-requisites: One of SPAN20080 OR SPAN20230 AND one of SPAN20060 OR SPAN20100.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: 1 x writing test (15%); 1 x audiovisual test (15%) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: 2-hour written examination to be taken in class. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Oral Examination: End-of-trimester oral examination. Week 12 n/a Graded No



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

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For summative assessment submitted at the end of the trimester, i.e. written examination (45%), students can request individual feedback in the Spring trimester. For the written tasks, feedback on drafts will be given to students individually so that they can apply what they have learnt to the summative task. This will be done by the teacher and by student peer-review activities. For the audio-visual tasks, feedback will be provided via samplers as a group activity during class time or individually through Brightspace. Feedback on oral production will be given during class by group reflection exercises and peer-review activities. Further Individual feedback will always be available on request by the students who can avail of the Office Hours provided by the teachers for consultation.

There is no text book for this module. Learning materials will be available on Brightspace or distributed in class.

It is highly advisable that students purchase a grammar book for revision and private study. We recommend A Modern Spanish Reference Grammar by J. Butt and C. Benjamin, published by Hodder Education.

A monolingual dictionary is highly recommended . We recommend Diccionario Salamanca de la lengua española. Students will be allowed to use a monolingual dictionary during the end of semester written examination.

Students should also have a copy of either the Oxford Spanish-English /English-Spanish Dictionary or the Collins Spanish-English /English-Spanish Dictionary.
Name Role
Dr Lourdes Barquin Sanmartin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Hannie Lawlor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Maria Marin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Maria Rodríguez Villaumbrales Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Julio Sanz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Farrelly Tutor
Monica Galindo Gonzalez Tutor