ULSP51010 - LEAP Spanish 1

  • 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 is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Spanish language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It aims to introduce students to the basics of language structure and the basics of Spanish grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct a basic conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish;
  • understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of Spanish-speaking countries and their culture.

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 teamwork, 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 online 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.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)

Assessment

Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

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

Dr Sandra Torres

Taught by

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Maximum entry

22 per group

Set texts

  • Aula Internacional Plus: Student's book + Exercise book + Mp3 audio download 1 (A1) (English ed.), by Jaime Corpas et al. ISBN: 9788418224157 (replaces 9788415846772)

Textbooks will be complemented by tutors with extra content 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

LEAP Spanish 2. Students may be able to proceed to LEAP Spanish 3 subject to:

  • achieving a mark over  80%
  • Agreeing to study independently the material recommended by the language tutor to reach the Common European Framework level required at the end of LEAP Spanish 2 –A2
  • an entry-level assessment carried out by the tutor.

* By taking this option students agree to cover the material recommended by the language tutor independently. They will be taking this at their own risk. They are not allowed to move back to LEAP Spanish 2 or ask for a refund.

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.