Initial Spanish

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
23 March 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

The course concentrates on written and aural comprehension. Students are introduced to basic grammar structures and are encouraged to develop their writing skills through a variety of different tasks.
The course also encourages students to use self-study materials (videos, films, newspapers and magazines and television programmes from Spain/Latin America). The portfolios assessment requires students to expand their vocabulary and helps them to learn structures and verb conjugations.

Module aims

The aim of this course is for students to be able to understand and communicate in everyday situations, using a variety of basic structures and tenses.

Module learning outcomes

To reach an approximate A1 level on the CEFR

The following learning outcomes are attained:

- The ability to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university and leisure.
- The development of written skills on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

A greater understanding of Hispanic culture and awareness of some of the key cultural practices, icons and their work.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

3 x 1 hour classes per week from weeks 2-31


  • Moreno, C., Zurita, P. and Moreno, V. (2010) Nuevo avance b├ísico. Madrid: SGEL.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   In-class written assignment (reading comprehension / writing     
Coursework   In-class written assignment (writing)     
Coursework   Portfolio assessment (2 x in-class verb and vocabulary tests)      
Practical   Oral Assessment     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Jessie Mallinson, email:
Jessie Mallinson
Jessie Mallinson, room: 4.205, telephone: 01206 872229, email:



External examiner

Ms Marga Navarrete
Spanish Coordinator
Available via Moodle
Of 120 hours, 119 (99.2%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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