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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module SPAN2111: Spanish Language 2B

Department: Modern Languages and Cultures (Spanish)

SPAN2111: Spanish Language 2B

Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Spanish Language 1B (SPAN1072) or equivalent.


  • At least one additional level 2 module in Hispanic Studies

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Spanish Language 2A (SPAN2011) OR any MLAN-coded Spanish modules


  • In year 2 students improve and expand their written and oral skills, expanding on the foundation of grammatical and syntactical accuracy consolidated at Level 1, so as to explore more sophisticated modes of verbal expression and variety of linguistic registers.


  • This is the core language module for students who have taken module SPAN1072 Spanish Language 1B, and it is designed to reinforce and develop the Spanish language skills acquired in year 1.
  • Students will attend grammar, comprehension and oral classes, but will also be expected to work outside these to develop strategies for independent study, with particular emphasis on preparation for living and working abroad.
  • The teaching and resources in this module reflect a commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity. It positions the richness of the (language area)-speaking world at the core of its syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • This module is designed to consolidate and systematise grammatical understanding, expand vocabulary, increase fluency and enhance comprehension of spoken and written Spanish, and to develop students' knowledge of aspects of Hispanic cultures.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will develop improved skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and linguistic abilities in Spanish.
  • By the end of the module, they should be able to demonstrate an adequate grasp of Spanish grammar, produce suitable written material and be able to communicate effectively and accurately in most everyday situations.
Key Skills:
  • Students will gain the ability to present information and/or construct an argument effectively in the target language.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Students must attend three classes per week, each of which will focus on the following skills:
  • (a) grammar and writing
  • (b) audiovisual (comprehension and listening)
  • (c) speaking
  • Oral and comprehension classes will be conducted exclusively in Spanish.
  • Grammar/writing classes will use English for explanation of grammatical structures and Spanish for practical exercises.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Oral 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Grammar 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Workshop 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Preparation and Reading 137
Total SLAT hours 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Two summative essays 300 words 75%
Oral Presentation 10 minutes 25%
Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral Exam (in person) 10 minutes 100% Yes
Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written exam (in person) 2 hours 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular written assignments; listening comprehensions; oral practice.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University