Intensive Initial Spanish 1

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
13 July 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

This module is designed for students wishing to major in the language and exit at the highest specialist (Mastery) level (approximate level C1 or C2) by the end of their course. The content deals with the structures of the Spanish language from basic to advanced level. You will learn the necessary structures to communicate at a reasonably advanced level, both oral and written.

Module aims

The module is designed to take students with no (or little) previous knowledge of Spanish to level A1/2 by the end of the Autumn term

Module learning outcomes

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 in texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
- The ability to use the present and past tenses in both written and oral communication.
- An understanding of the varieties of Spanish.

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

Module information

A summer vacation course (4 weeks in Valencia, Spain) is a compulsory component of this double module for specialist ML students intending to spend their Year Abroad in a Spanish speaking country and/or for whom Spanish is the major language. It is necessary for progression into LA440 Advanced Spanish in year 2.

Students taking this module as an outside option or minor pathway may decide to not continue with LA422 in the Spring term or alternatively to progress into LA430 Higher Intermediate Spanish in year 2 without attendance on the summer vacation course.

Learning and teaching methods

5 x 1 hour classes for 10 weeks (Autumn term)


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   Written assessment (reading and writing)    35% 
Coursework   Listening/Speaking assessment     35% 
Coursework   Portfolio assessment     30% 

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:
Ms Teresa Torres, email:
Jessie Mallinson & Teresa Torres
Jessie Mallinson / Room 4.205/ 872229 / Teresa Torres / Room 4.213 / 872201 /



External examiner

Ms Marga Navarrete
Spanish Coordinator
Available via Moodle
Of 103 hours, 91 (88.3%) hours available to students:
10 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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