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Spanish (beginners II)

  • Fit a language around your Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies
  • For students on certain courses, a UWLP module will be included in your programme at no extra cost
  • Language provides you with many transferable skills, which are highly valued in the contemporary world
  • Most of our programmes are delivered by native speakers of the language
  • All of our modules are taught in small class sizes
  • All students will have full access to the University's excellent resources.

Module code: LS1401

Number of Aston credits: 10 

Entry requirements: Spanish for Beginners I or equivalent
Language of Delivery: Mainly Spanish

Apply: Online  

Fees (2014/15):  £400 for a double module (20 credits) and £275 for a single (module 10 credits). Pay online.

Date of Introduction: TBC
Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module

Teaching Period when offered: 2 

Module Convenor: Mr Aurelio Ramos Caballero 

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This module is designed as an introduction to the Spanish language for students with no previous knowledge. The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework, provides student with the basic structures needed at this level, and ensures progression in language ability and proficiency.

Language purposes and functions

  • Taking part in simple situations (e.g. greeting/responding to greetings, expressing thanks, apologising)
  • Giving simple information
  • Asking simple questions
  • Describing (e.g. colour, size, location, possession, appearance)
  • Giving simple opinions
  • Following/giving simple instructions
  • Expressing ability
  • Using numbers and expressing quantity
  • Expressing time (e.g. clock, days, months)

Educational Aims

The course will help students to develop strategies for coping with Spanish in real-life situations. At the end of this course students will be entitled to take Intermediate Spanish.

This module is an intensive language course, which aims to bring beginners up to a standard in which they are able to communicate and understand basic ideas in Spanish.  The module aims to develop language skills in all four areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Furthermore, basic grammatical structures and vocabulary will be integrated into the learning process in meaningful contexts. The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way. On completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding: students will gain a deep understanding of

  • Knowledge of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish
  • Basic factual information in Spanish, orally and in writing
  • Listening to selected short samples of Spanish
  • Short adapted Spanish texts aimed at learners of Spanish

Cognitive skills: students will be able to

  • Write short passages in Spanish on a range of practical and descriptive themes
  • Extract key information from written and spoken sources
  • Express opinions about basic topics of daily life

Subject-specific skills: students will be able to

  • Use basic grammatical structures
  • Communicate factual information in Spanish orally and in writing
  • Listen and read short texts in Spanish

Transferable skills: students will have practised

  • The use of relevant reference materials
  • The organisation of their own learning with guidance from the tutor, planning and managing time efficiently to get the most out of independent study
  • The use of a variety of learning aids, in a variety of media, to consolidate learning
  • Team work (in pairs or larger groups)
  • Independent work 

Communication in Spanish will be encouraged from the outset. Classes will be conducted mainly in the target language, enabling students to learn and practise the new grammatical structures and vocabulary covered in each session. In order to develop and consolidate skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, students will be expected to participate actively.

The course will consist of two hours per week. In addition, several hours a week should be devoted to Spanish outside the classroom to do work set by the tutor, and practise reading, writing and listening skills.

Seminar - A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project - (20%) 


Independent Study - might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc - (80%) 

Feedback:

  • Formative feedback will be given throughout the module through informal, verbal comments on weekly activities and following the oral assessment.
  • Summative written feedback will be provided as part of the marking process for the three pieces of assessment below.

Assessment:

  1. A 30-min listening test in week 23 [20%]
  2. A 3-min (approx.) individual discussion with the tutor on topics covered in class (no notes allowed) in week 24 [20%]
  3. A 2-hour exam (grammar exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) during the main examination period (no dictionary allowed) [60%]

Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and approval by the external examiner.

Course materials

AVE [online]. Aula Virtual Cervantes (AVE). Available from http://ave.cervantes.es 

Grammar books

Spinelli, E. English Grammar for Students of Spanish. Arnold, 1999.

Ortega, A. ¡Exacto! A Practical Guide to Spanish Grammar. Hodder & Stoughton, 2002. DictionariesThe Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 2000.Diccionario intermedio de lengua española. Ediciones SM, 2000.

A list of useful electronic resources is available on Blackboard

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