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SN1001 – Spanish I

SN1001 – Spanish I

Course convenor: Alba Chaparro


3 hour written exam: 50%

Oral exam: 50%

In order to pass the core language unit, students must obtain an overall pass mark (average of the written and oral exam marks) and pass the final written examination.

There are formative assessments throughout the year.

Students will be given regular coursework enabling them to put into practice the theoretical content of seminars and lectures.


There are 3 hours of seminars per week plus a fortnightly grammar lecture. Classes are arranged flexibly; moving between formal oral presentations and written work, to communicative work in pairs and small groups.

The aims of the course are:

 To consolidate and build upon the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish.

 To revise basic points of Spanish grammar in context and develop command of grammatical terminology.

 To increase the student’s cultural awareness.

 To form and consolidate a sound structural and grammatical base for further development of Spanish communicative skills.

 To develop listening and presentation skills in the spoken language as well as to increase fluency and accuracy.

 To teach language-learning study skills that will maximize students’ learning potential.

Key Bibliography:

Set texts:

Spanish Grammar Drills, Rogelio Alonso Vallecillos, (McGraw-Hill Contemporary, 2007).

ISBN: 978-0071472692 (also available in KINDLE)

A good bilingual dictionary such as Oxford or Collins.

Other useful bibliography:

John Butt and Carmen Benjamín, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, (Hodder Education, 2011) ISBN 978-1-444-13769-9

Lee Six, Abigail, Upgrade your Spanish, (London: Hodder Arnold, 2001) ISBN978-0-340-76186-1

Juan Kattán-Ibarra and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, (Hodder Arnold, 2003) SBN 978-0-340-80790-3

Juan Kattán-Ibarra and Irene Wilkie, Modern Spanish Grammar, (Routledge, second edition) ISBN HB 041527303X ; PB0415273048

Juan Kattán-Ibarra and Irene Wilkie, Modern Spanish Grammar Workbook,  (Routledge, second edition 2003) ISBN 0-415-27306-4(Routledge, second edition 2003) ISBN 0-415-27306-4



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