Proficiency Level Spanish

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
28 March 2019


Requisites for this module
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 RR50 Spanish Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R4T7 Spanish Studies with Latin American Studies,
BA RT97 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This is a module for students who have passed LA440 Post Advanced Spanish or who have an equivalent level of Spanish. The module emphasises writing and speaking in preparation for the study abroad. The materials deal with important events of Spanish and Latin American culture and the society within which they took place. Constant links with modern issues are introduced in every unit of the module.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to widen the learners’ awareness and knowledge about the Spanish-speaking societies and cultures worldwide and to provide them with the appropriate training to develop intellectual skills such as critical reasoning, application of concepts and identification and solution of problems. The module facilitates the analysis and interpretation of authentic data in Spanish through the study of Spanish structures and lexis. It also encourages students to adopt autonomous learning skills and an investigative approach to tackle grammatical and lexical problems in a wider system.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to use different advanced varieties of written and spoken Spanish; write commentaries, reports and essays in Spanish. Students will be able to use spoken Spanish to show a range of styles and emotions in conversations, exchanges, presentations, debates and seminars; and would also have acquired a set of transferable and cognitive skills through the use of IT and controlled exercises.

Module information

All module materials will be available on Moodle.

Learning and teaching methods

54 Contact hours: 27 hours per term: 3 hours per week in weeks 2-11 (Autumn term) and weeks 16-25 (Spring term). The notional study hours will be 250, which students need to invest to prepare the classes and to carry out specific research to prepare work for assessment. Time will be made available for supervision and discussion of assignments.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Oral Presentation 1
Coursework Written assignment 1 13/12/2019
Coursework Written assignment 2 06/03/2020
Practical Oral Presentation 2
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Gemma Martinez-Garrido
Dr G. Martinez-Garrido, Room: 4.320, Tel: 01206 872186, Email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 114 hours, 108 (94.7%) hours available to students:
6 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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