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"Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide and learning this language would allow one to communicate with people in many parts of the world. Although mastering the grammar in Spanish can be challenging, basic grammatical elements are easy to learn. Many words are similar to English and the pronunciation is very straightforward, as it's completely phonetic. After only a few lessons, you will be able to communicate basic information, ask questions and read texts written in Spanish. You will enjoy a rich variety of cultures and accents from many countries in Latin America and many areas in Spain and will also discover many cultural aspects of the Hispanic World".

Carlos de Pablos-Ortega, Lecturer in Spanish

Levels offered

These descriptions are only a guide and some adjustments to the content of the course might be needed, depending on the students' level of participation, ability and needs.

Beginners I

This module is for students at beginners' level who have little or no prior experience of Spanish. The module will develop students' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The aim is to equip students with the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Spanish is spoken. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar.

Beginners II

A continuation of the beginners' course in Spanish (Autumn or Spring). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module.

Intermediate I and II

Two intermediate courses in Spanish for those students who have taken Beginners' Spanish I and II or have a GCSE in the language (or equivalent experience). These modules aim to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. Students will attend a seminar and a one hour oral. This module is NOT open to students who have AS-level or A level Spanish (or As-level or A level equivalent).

Post A Level I

A course in Spanish for students with Spanish A-level, Intermediate Spanish, or any other equivalent qualification. This module aims to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. It is designed to build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and understanding, in addition to study and research skills. Key components include exploring issues for the development of intercultural competence and learning to articulate the employability skills developed as part of the module. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. This module can be taken in any year.

Post A Level II

A language module compulsory for all second-year Single Honours Spanish students as well as being an option for any student who has done Post A-Level Spanish Language I. Its aim is to build up language proficiency and cultural awareness of Spain and Latin America. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs.