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Modern Spanish Language I

Module Code: HP101
Module Name: Modern Spanish Language I
Module Convenor: Raquel Navas
Timetable by Group
Module Credits: 30

Module Description

Do you already have A-level or an equivalent standard in Spanish and want to consolidate, extend and refine your existing skills to an advanced level?

Our Modern Spanish Language module is designed to equip students with a sound grammatical foundation, mastery of a range of advanced linguistic structures, vocabulary and register, and most of all, confidence in reading, listening, speaking, writing and translating in Spanish. You will make use ofauthentic resourcesfrom around the Hispanic world, including books, newspapers, films, television and radio. Besides, our students take part in ourvirtual language exchangewith students in the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia, a fantastic way to expand the language and intercultural skills outside the classroom.

During the module, students develop their skills through a combination of classroom sessions, guided learning activities and appropriate self-study resources. Weekly classes will cover reading, language in use, grammar and functional aspects of Spanish such as translation, extended writing and oral expression, which are reinforced through complementary activities on Moodle, our multimedia VLE.

By the end of the year, you will be able to express your ideas and opinions with ease and fluency, using a varied range of grammatical structures and vocabulary. You will produce a language e-portfolio to reflect about and demonstrate your language journey throughout the year.

Our students' voice and feedback:

If you want to know more, you can read what our students say about the module in our blogs, inSpanishor inEnglish:'So much more thanrellenar los huecos...'.

'HP101 was an amazing module which offered so many different opportunities for us to immerse ourselves in Spanish language and culture and it was very well organised. I appreciate the effort put into making sure everything went smoothly and giving us some opportunities to do things we would never have done before, such as the Colombian exchange or reading an unconventional book for the course such as the comic.' (First-year student, 2018-2019)

Course books:

- Luis Aragonés y Ramón Palencia,Gramática de uso del español B1-B2. Teoría y práctica(con solucionario) (Madrid: Ediciones SM, 2014)

- EitherIsaac Rosa,Aquí vivió. Historia de un desahucio(Barcelona: Nube de tinta, 2016)OrQuan Zhou Wu,Gazpacho agridulce. Una autobiografía chino-andaluza(Bilbao: Astiberri, 2015)

- Handout: texts, articles and different authentic materials provided in class.


  • Language in use tests (20%)
  • E-portfolio (15%)
  • Oral exam (20%)
  • Final Combined Skills Exam - Language in Use, Reading and Writing (2 hours; 45%)

You will have four hours per week. All groups will be allocated during Week 1.

Grammar lecture: Either Thursdays 5-6 or Thursdays 6-7pm. Tutor: Raquel Navas
Translation (1 hour/week). Tutors: Isabel Cobo Palacios & Leticia Villamediana González.

Writing (1 hour/week): Tutors: Isabel Cobo Palacios & Raquel Navas

Oral and Listening (1 hour/week): Tutors: Pamela Saavedra Jeldes & Julián Harruch Morales

Libros de lectura. Either:



Gazpacho agridulce