Module code: LS1400
Number of Aston credits: 10
Entry requirements: N/A
Language of Delivery: Mainly Spanish
Fees (2013/14): £300 for a double module (20 credits) and £175 for a single (module 10 credits). Pay online.
Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 1
Module Convenor: Mr Aurelio Ramos Caballero
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This module is designed as an introduction to the Spanish language for students with no previous knowledge. The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework, provides student with the basic structures needed at this level, and ensures progression in language ability and proficiency.
Language purposes and functions
- Taking part in simple situations (e.g. greeting/responding to greetings, expressing thanks, apologising)
- Giving simple information
- Asking simple questions
- Describing (e.g. colour, size, location, possession, appearance)
- Giving simple opinions
- Following/giving simple instructions
- Expressing ability
- Using numbers and expressing quantity
- Expressing time (e.g. clock, days, months)
The Module will help students to develop strategies for coping with Spanish in real-life situations. At the end of this module students will be entitled to take French for Beginners II.
How is the total Learning Hours per module achieved?
Private Study & Assessment
10 credits = 100 hours, 20 credits = 200 hours
Feedback will be given through:
- A 3-min (approx.) oral presentation and discussion in week 11. Students will prepare a topic in advance, by agreement with tutor, for this presentation. They will be able to use one page of A4, containing key words only, to assist with their presentation. The page of notes should be approved beforehand by the tutor.
- A 30-min listening test in week 10.
- A 2-hour exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (examination period), No dictionary allowed.
Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and that in case of cohort’s averages above the University norms, the group’s results will be scaled according to the list published in the Assessment Handbook for Undergraduate Programmes and on the UWLP website.
AVE [online]. Aula Virtual Cervantes (AVE). Available from http://ave.cervantes.es
Benjamin, C., and Butt, J. A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish. Hodder Education, 2011
Gil, C., and Holden, C. Foundations Spanish 1, Palgrave, 2005.
Ortega, A. ¡Exacto! A Practical Guide to Spanish Grammar. Hodder & Stoughton, 2002.
Spinelli, E. English Grammar for Students of Spanish. Arnold, 1999.
The Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary. Oxford University Press, 2000.Diccionario intermedio de lengua española. Ediciones SM, 2000.
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