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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Spanish Language 1 (Beginners)
Module Code SP107
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Cris Guntin
Semester 2: Cris Guntin
Autumn: Cris Guntin
Module TeachersCris Guntin
Ana Maria Diaz Perez
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This intensive module is designed for total beginners of Spanish and it will introduce learners to some of the essential aspects of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. In general terms, the module will enable students to carry out simple interactions in Spanish in order to satisfy concrete needs that relate to themselves. They will be able to introduce themselves and others, express intentions and ask and answer questions about personal details, interests, the people close to them, daily routine, geographical location and surroundings. Language skills are approached in an integrated way and the module is progressively conducted through Spanish. Throughout the semester, students will perform individual and pair/group work to complete comprehension, production and interaction tasks. In doing so, the module will also nurture the development of a range of transferable and life-long learning skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases containing high frequency vocabulary concerning themselves, their family and concrete surroundings.
2. Produce simple texts (e.g. personal emails, basic descriptions of people, countries and activities) that are constructed through short sentences and linked with very basic linear connectors.
3. Demonstrate control on a basic lexical repertoire and limited grammatical features of the target language to communicate orally or in writing.
4. Draw on the basic phonetic features of the target language to allow effective communication related to everyday and particular concrete situations.
5. Show awareness of basic economic, social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland and Spanish-speaking countries.
6. Make effective use of digital tools and resources, including searching and retrieving relevant and reliable information, and engage in language learning activities to develop the capacity for lifelong learning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars20Students are expected to actively participate in discussions with individual contributions to the whole group and small teams.
Directed learning40Autonomous completion of prescribed work on Loop.
Independent Study150Students are expected to take responsibility and work independently in a variety of activities required to successfully complete the course: CA preparation and completion, self-planned interaction with fellow students to complete collaborative tasks, study of the subject matter using textbooks and online learning resources/tools, revision of content and feedback, consultation with teachers when needed, keeping up to date with course information and communications, etc.
Assignment Completion40CA preparation and completion.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The module content in line with the CEFR for Languages at level A1
Students will engage in a variety of comprehension, production and interaction activities, both individually and collaboratively to develop their proficiency in the target language. Students will work on the use of grammar and vocabulary in context and explore essential notions about the target cultures as they arise in the context of the selected themes. During timetabled synchronous meetings students both as the whole group and in small teams will engage in communicative practice. Specific individual and/or group activities are required to be completed in a timely fashion before the synchronous meetings to maximize learning during the session. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own language learning by looking for language learning opportunities and engaging in language practice beyond prescribed work. In addition, teamwork and oral presentation skills are also practised throughout the semester.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationCA1: Activity report. (Throughout the semester)10%n/a
AssignmentCA2: Written production. (Mid semester)45%n/a
AssignmentCA3: Spoken production. (End of semester)45%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jaime Corpas,Eva García,Augustín Garmendia: 0, Aula internacional Plus 1 – Libro del alumno, Difusión, 9788418032189
  • Teresa Alonso Cortés: 0, Aula Internacional 1 Nueva Edicion Complemento de Gramatica Y Vocabulario Para Hablantes de Ingles, 9788415846888
  • Rosario Alonso Raya ... [et al.].: 0, Gramática básica del estudiante de español, Difusion, Barcelona, 9788484437260
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