Spanish Language and Society 2 (intermediate)

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Maria Lourdes Hernandez Martin PEL.6.01l and Mr Rafael Penas Cruz PEL.6.01l


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


  • A good pass at GCSE+ / AS Level or its equivalent is required.

  • For undergraduates who have either successfully completed the beginner course (LN121) or can show other evidence of the necessary degree of proficiency.

  • Please contact the teacher responsible before registering for this course.

  • If you are thinking of taking this course in your 2nd or 3rd year, it is advisable to contact the teacher responsible before the summer vacation.


Course content

  • Intermediate to advanced study of the Spanish language through themes related to Spanish-speaking societies within the framework of social sciences and culture.
  • In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and studio-based multi-media materials.
  • The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural critical awareness.


50 hours of classes in the MT. 50 hours of classes in the LT. 5 hours of classes in the ST.

Weeks 11 of MT and LT will provide structured learning activities related to the course.

Five hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials.


Formative coursework


  • Students will be required to complete weekly tasks.


Indicative reading

  • Students will be advised on relevant materials at the beginning of the course.


Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.

Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning.  This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels.  To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
First 36.4
2:1 59.1
2:2 4.5
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2017/18: 6

Average class size 2017/18: 6

Capped 2017/18: Yes (12)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication