Mastery Level Spanish

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
11 October 2023


Requisites for this module
LA440 or LA450
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



Key module for

BA R9R4 European Studies with Spanish,
BA R9R9 European Studies with Spanish (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR49 Spanish Studies and Modern Languages,
BA RT97 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This final year module strives to help students further develop and consolidate their advanced language skills in Spanish and its varieties through the study of different aspects of Hispanic culture and society. This module will make use of authentic and online materials where students will be encouraged to analyse and criticise written and spoken pieces of Spanish about topics currently on the news.
The module consolidates the grammar learnt up until now and emphasizes the differences between registers and written styles.

Module aims

The aims of the module are to enhance knowledge and awareness of some of the subtleties of the Spanish language while developing further knowledge of some aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries.

Module learning outcomes

Students should be able: to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; to summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; to express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations; and would also have acquired a set of transferable skills (communication; presentation; conversation; précis writing; team work).

Module information

All module materials will be available on Moodle.

Learning and teaching methods

Language modules typically involve 3 contact hours per week. Confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non - essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Oral presentation     
Coursework   Digital cinema magazine     
Practical   Reading comprehension      
Practical   Grammar and vocab test     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main 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
Ms Teresa Torres, email:
Teresa Torres & Dr. Natalia Rodriguez Vicente
Teresa Torres, 4.213, ext.: 2110, Natalia -, OfficeL 4.320, Number: 2186



External examiner

Ms Maria Isabel Moros
University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 54 (94.7%) hours available to students:
1 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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