Spanish Intermediate 1 (MLT203)

Based on 33 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT104 (> 55%), MLT154, GCSE grade A, CEF A2
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23 students per class-group and 10-15 per lab-group.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Dr Minerva Sirera-Trull
  • Module Leader: José Fuentetaja
  • Pathway: MLT204

Assuming a good GCSE level in the language or equivalent, this unit aims to provide the linguistic and cultural skills required to operate effectively and accurately in all essential communicative situations encountered when interacting orally or in writing with native speakers during, for instance, a short stay abroad.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • perform at Level A2/B1- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters (work, school, leisure, etc.) or the main point in short, clear messages and announcements
  • find specific, usually predictable information in everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables, and understand the simple description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters
  • deal with simple, routines situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken, and enter with minimum preparation into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events)
  • write simple connected text on topics with which they are familiar or of personal interest, possibly describing simple personal experiences and impressions
  • demonstrate a knowledge of main cultural and social trends and related behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to respond appropriately when interacting with native speakers in straightforward situations
  • demonstrate a practical understanding of main grammar terminology and an ability to study the language by themselves, assessing their immediate language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and identifying appropriate resources and techniques to achieve these goals
  • demonstrate competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, presenting information and opinions, taking intercultural differences and language barriers into account, learning independently, etc.

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Information last updated: 18 October 2021