Spanish Intermediate B1-B2 (Intensive) - HISP5040

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Nuria Triana Toribio checkmark-circle


This module is the natural follow-on for those who have, in the previous academic year, successfully taken an intensive beginners Spanish course such as HISP3020 (LS302), and who have covered the basics of grammar, acquired a stock of high frequency vocabulary and reached a degree of proficiency beyond GCSE and approaching A-level (A2 way stage in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference).

The module is designed to allow students, upon completion, to demonstrate a level of ability up to the B2 threshold, turning students into independent users of Spanish, in both oral and written contexts. The course is thus also designed to prepare students for their year abroad and independent life in Spain as a foreign country. It is an intensive course, which develops the student's active and passive aural and written skills.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 80
Private Study Hours: 220
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Essay (600 words) – 15%
• English to Spanish Translation Assignment (400 words) – 15%
• Guided Comprehension Assignment (500 words) – 15%
• Audio-visual Comprehension In-Course Test (40 minutes) – 15%
• Written Examination (3 hours) – 30%
• Oral Examination (10-15 minutes) – 10%

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative reading list:

Alonso Raya, R. et al. (2011). Gramática básica del estudiante de español. Barcelona: Difusión.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate increased vocabulary, improved knowledge and critical understanding of the Spanish language;
2 Demonstrate enhanced skills in Spanish speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation;
3 Demonstrate familiarity with sources of information which will be useful during the year abroad, i.e. students will know how to apply their knowledge and understanding of
the language in new and varied contexts;
4 Show a good knowledge of Spanish through translation and essay writing, and by summarising material and expressing opinions on a variety of topics;
5 Converse with a native speaker of Spanish on course topics;
6 Demonstrate the ability to write in good and grammatically correct Spanish, in formal and informal contexts.

The subject specific learning outcomes comply with the requirements/specifications for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, level B2.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate key skills such as oral and written communication;
2 Demonstrate improved confidence in the interpretation of texts in another language;
3 Manage their time and prioritise workloads;
4 Use learning resources independently;
5 Demonstrate mental agility and analytical capacity.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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