Lower Intermediate Spanish

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 30 June 2023
23 March 2022


Requisites for this module
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



Key module for


Module description

There is a consolidation of basic grammar structures and new elements are looked at. There is also a greater focus on more difficult areas of Spanish for English speakers.
Classes are taught in Spanish and English. There is also a greater emphasis on communication in Spanish, with constant practice of oral skills.
The course encourages students to make use of self-study and students are encouraged to look at films, television programmes, and magazines and make contact with native speakers of Spanish. The portfolio assessment requires students to compile a collection of their class work, formative assessment, and "extra" work. This also requires students to both reflect on their learning journey and to incorporate material of personal interest.
Students are asked to produce written work of greater length in Spanish at this level and are expected to begin to recognise different forms of written Spanish

Module aims

The aim of this course is for students to expand their language skills to incorporate more sophisticated structures. Spoken skills will also progress, with students being able to communicate on a wider range of more abstract topics. Students will reach an approximate A2 level at the end of the module

Module learning outcomes

Students will have covered all the basic tenses and will understand the use of the three moods in Spanish, with a particular focus on the introduction of the subjunctive. Students will be able to create more sophisticated written structures and will understand more technical / complex language on a wider range of topics.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

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


  • Greco, M.E. and Sanchez-Sanchez, G. (2005) Palgrave foundations Spanish 2. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   In-class written assignment (reading comprehension/writing)     
Coursework   In-class written assignment (writing)     
Coursework   Portfolio assessment (2 x verb + vocabulary tests)     
Practical   Oral assessment     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Jessie Mallinson, email:
Jessie Mallinson
Jessie Mallinson, office: 4.205, telephone: 01206 872229, email:



External examiner

Ms Marga Navarrete
Spanish Coordinator
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 60 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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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