Higher Intermediate Spanish

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
15 May 2020


Requisites for this module


LA333, LA440

Key module for

BA R114 Language Studies and Linguistics,
BA R115 Language Studies and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The aims of the module are to further develop and refine communication skills in Spanish, working towards comprehension and production of contemporary spoken and written Spanish. The course is divided into topics related to Hispanic culture, presenting genuine opportunities for students to expand their vocabulary and cultural knowledge in an engaging and meaningful manner.

Module aims

Through authentic print and audiovisual materials, students will be exposed to different accents and registers. Previous grammatical knowledge will be reinforced and new structures will be introduced. All four skills will be targeted: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Topics include:
• Gente
• Cine
• Comunicación
• Historias
• La Navidad
• Fiestas y celebraciones
• Costumbres hispanas
• Comida
• Sueños y esperanzas

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

• Be able to describe people, places and events
• Be able to talk about present, past and future events
• Be able to identify and use the register and lexis most appropriate for a given situation
• Be able to understand and write a variety of text types
• Be able to understand a variety of accents
• Be able to confidently maintain a conversation on cultural and general topics.

Module information

All students must normally have passed LA420 Lower Intermediate Spanish (formerly Elementary Spanish) or have:

- A/S level grade C
- A level grade D/E
- or equivalent level.

Learning and teaching methods

The module comprises three classes a week in the Autumn and Spring Terms. In addition, there will be revision classes in Week 30 in the Summer term.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Written Test 1      
Coursework   Written Test 2     
Practical   Portfolio      
Practical   Oral Test     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Lexa Olivera-Smith, email:
Lexa Olivera-Smith
Lexa Olivera-Smith, Tel 01206 872235, email



External examiner

Ms Marga Navarrete
Spanish Coordinator
Ms Marga Navarrete
Spanish Coordinator
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 57 (95%) hours available to students:
3 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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