Spanish Language (Advanced) 1 and 2

Module code: SP1010
Module co-ordinator: Dr Emma Staniland

Module Aims

This module will develop your communication skills in Spanish and their application to complex contexts and registers from an AS/A2 level in Spanish to a first year undergraduate level (equivalent to B1 of European Languages Framework).

Module Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Extract information from a range of written and spoken sources including journalistic sources and the broadcast media.
  • Respond accurately in writing to stimulus material on topics of general and current interest using complex structures and idiom and both formal and informal registers.
  • Communicate fluently and accurately in the spoken language, taking part in debates and simulations, as well as give short presentations on a range of topics of general interest using both formal and informal registers.
  • Work independently to consolidate language skills.


  • 60 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 140 hours of guided independent study

Your study of the language will be placed in a context that relates to aspects of contemporary life, society and culture in Spain and Latin America. There are three contact hours per week dedicated to the four language learning skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). We develop these skills through the use of an integrated communicative approach. You are expected to attend and participate in all sessions, having done the necessary preparation set by the tutor, as they form an essential part of the learning process.


  • Continuous assessment: reading and writing (30%)
  • Continuous assessment: listening (10%)
  • Continuous assessment: speaking (10%)
  • Oral Exam (15%)
  • Written Exam, 2½ hours (35%)

Key Texts

You will need to purchase a copy of: Jaime Corpas, Agustín Garmendia, Carmen Soriano - Aula Internacional 3 (Difusión, 2006)

You are also advised to purchase a copy of the following text books which will be of use to you throughout your undergraduate programme:

  • John Butt and Carmen Benjamin, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (Fifth edition, Arnold, 2011)
  • Christopher J Pountain and Teresa de Carlos, Practising Spanish Grammar (Arnold, 2002)

You should also purchase a suitable dictionary such as The Collins Spanish Dictionary or The Oxford Spanish Dictionary (latest editions)