module specification

OSL071 - Spanish Stage 1A (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Spanish Stage 1A
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   Progress test (receptive skills and use of language)
In-Course Test 20%   Listening test
Oral Examination 40%   Oral test
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

In this module, students will start to learn Spanish and will become confident basic users, up towards CEFR A1 level.  Students will learn to use the language in familiar contexts through practical class activities, focusing on authentic language use. The module introduces students to grammatical structures and vocabulary, as well as focusing on reading, writing, listening, speaking, communicative and pronunciation skills. Students will also study the cultures of Spanish speaking countries.

This is a 15 credit module taught on a semester basis, with no prior learning required. The module is assessed by two in class tests and an oral test. The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

• To develop students’ linguistic competences in Spanish for all skills towards a basic level (level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference);
• To develop appropriate language learning strategies to encourage effective independent learning of the target language;
• To develop an understanding of the cultural contexts in which Spanish is used
• To enhance student employability and transferable skills


The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials. Indicative contents will include:
• Development of receptive skills (listening and reading)
• Development of productive skills (speaking and writing)
• Development of vocabulary and lexis
• Acquisition of simple grammatical structures
• Second language acquisition and language learning strategies

Learning and teaching

This course will follow a blended learning approach. Students will study Spanish during class and extend and consolidate this with the use of WebLearn and other online and paper based resources. They will develop independent learning skills and language learning strategies. Students will work together and alone, in and out of class and they will receive teacher and peer feedback to enable them to reflect on their learning.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are calibrated on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

On completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand simple Spanish when spoken slowly
Interact in a simple way, ask and answer simple personal questions

Write short notes, fill in forms with personal details
Understand short simple written texts and find specific information in everyday material (board messages, notices and personal communications)

Use a basic range of vocabulary and simple phrases related to familiar topics
Develop control of a range of simple grammatical structures
Produce short utterances on familiar topics and situations
Respond to simple questions and statements
Use simple connectors to link groups of words

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed through an in class test, a listening test and an oral test. The in class test will assess learning outcomes 2 and 3, the listening will assess learning outcomes 1, and the oral test will assess learning outcomes 1 and 3.


Lewis Marilyn (1999) How to study foreign Languages, London, Macmillan Study guides, ISBN 0333736672
Weblearn and other appropriate online resources.