module specification

OSL072 - Spanish Stage 1B (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Spanish Stage 1B
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
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon
Spring semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

Students will continue to learn Spanish and will become confident basic users, achieving CEFR A1 level.  Students will learn to use the language in familiar contexts through practical class activities, focusing on authentic language use. The module develops students’ control of 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. 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.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OSL071 OR A1 competence

Module aims

The aims of this module are:
• To develop students’ linguistic competences in Spanish for all skills to achieve a 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 the language 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) in Spanish
• Development of productive skills (speaking and writing)
• Development of vocabulary and lexis
• Further 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 to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
On completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand simple language in familiar contexts and situations
Interact in a simple way, ask and answer questions on familiar topics
Produce short utterances on familiar topics and situations
Respond to and initiate questions and statements on familiar topics

Write short notes and messages, fill in forms with personal details
Write simple emails/online posts
Understand short simple written texts and find specific information in everyday material (board messages, notices and personal communications)
Understand the gist of simple written texts on familiar topics
Extend their range of vocabulary and phrases related to familiar topics and situations
Extend their control of a range of grammatical structures

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.