Intensive Initial Spanish 2

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 15 January 2023
Friday 24 March 2023
23 March 2022


Requisites for this module


LA333, LA430, LA440

Key module for


Module description

This module is designed for students wishing to major in Spanish and exit at the highest specialist level (Mastery) by the end of their course. It follows on from LA421 which runs for the Autumn term. The content deals with the structures of the Spanish language from A1 to A2. You will learn the necessary structures to communicate at a reasonably advanced level, both oral and written.

Module aims

This module is designed to take students from level A1 to A2 by the end of the summer term. After the summer course the students will reach level B1.

Module learning outcomes

- 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 a variety of tenses and both the indicative and subjunctive moods 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 and 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 the summer course and progress into LA430 Higher Intermediate Spanish in year 2.

Learning and teaching methods

5 x 1 hour classes for 12 weeks (Spring and Summer terms)


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   Listening test     
Coursework   Written assessment (reading and writing)     
Coursework   Oral presentation     
Coursework   Portfolio 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
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Jessie Mallinson, email:
Ms Teresa Torres, email:
Teresa Torres & Jessie Mallinson
Jessie Mallinson / Room 4.205/ 872229 / Teresa Torres / Room 4.213 / 872201 /



External examiner

Ms Marga Navarrete
Spanish Coordinator
Available via Moodle
Of 122 hours, 99 (81.1%) hours available to students:
23 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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