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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LSMANS01
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: CHAMBERS K Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
All year round
Assessment Pattern
End-of-module test 50%, Coursework 50%     

In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes described above:
At a beginners level -
Listening – understand and respond successfully to short extracts in the target language on predictable topics
Speaking – take part in a basic conversation, offering and eliciting information on predictable topics
Reading – understand and respond successfully to short texts in the target language on predictable topics
Writing – Write messages and simple letters in the target language on predictable topics

The assessment strategy is designed to demonstrate the students’ achievement of the learning outcomes by setting oral and written tasks and tests. The assessment will be formative and summative.
The assessment methods include ongoing assessment by the tutor, taking into account the students’ contributions to class and oral work as well as their fulfilment of weekly homework tasks, which will comprise 50% of the mark, and an end-of-module test, also 50%, comprising a writing, reading, listening, oral and grammar element.
Module Overview
This module meets the career needs of today’s students of Management Studies for the Service Sector. It offers the opportunity to learn a basic language skill, obtain a basic vocabulary which will be of use in a future career abroad and acquire insights into the foreign culture.
No previous knowledge required     
Module Aims
  • To develop basic communicative competence approximately equivalent to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
  • To instil a basic proficiency in handling grammatical structures and vocabulary.
  • To give some insight into socio-cultural issues relevant to the country in question
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:
  • understand the gist and detail of predictable language spoken in set contexts with a sympathetic native speaker.
  • interact orally and respond in familiar contexts with a sympathetic native speaker.
  • understand the gist and detail of written language at a basic level in the contexts studied.
  • write simple messages and letters
The study of the language will enable students to:
develop skills in managing their own learning by means of tasks requiring autonomous study
solve problems, by means of classroom and homework tasks requiring analytical and evaluative thinking
present and communicate information, by means of individual, pair and group work in class
Module Content
Topic areas
  • Social introductions; personal details
  • Counting, spelling, dates and addresses
  • Expressing likes/dislikes/hobbies/daily routine
  • Basic transactions (shopping, café, buying tickets)
  • Writing messages
  • Pronunciation/spelling/numbers
  • Present tense (regular + key irregular)
  • Introduction to immediate future; preterite tense (basic key)
  • Reflexive verbs; ser/estar; hay
  • Nouns (plurals/gender); definite/indefinite article; interrogatives
  • Basic negation
  • Personal pronouns (subject & basic object)
  • Adjectives (agreement, possessives, demonstratives)
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to promote the development of the four language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening), grammar and vocabulary, the acquisition of knowledge of the foreign culture and knowledge of the particular language associated with the students’ specialism.
The teaching and learning methods include three hours of language classes per week which will be taught communicatively incorporating individual presentations and pair and group work. Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible, and material drawn from a variety of sources, including audio and video tapes, will be exploited. Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning. Students are encouraged to self-assess their level using the CEFR descriptors.
Selected Texts/Journals
Expected purchase               Nuevo ele, inicial 1
Recommended                     Collins Spanish Dictionary
Supporting                           Multi-media materials in the Language Resource Centre
Other Indicative Reading
Spanish newspapers, journals and magazines
Spanish Internet sites

Last Updated

June 2007