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SN1010 Intensive Spanish I

SN1010 Intensive Spanish I

Terms: 1-2

Convenor: Teresa Velázquez

Assessments:  Oral exam: 50% and written 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.


This is a very intensive course with 5 hours per week of contact in each term.

The first three hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and listening comprehension skills combining both in situ exercises with homework revision that students will have prepared for the day. The fourth hour is reserved for the oral practice of students, this happens in the form of debates, role plays or text commentaries. The last hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced.

Classes are arranged flexibly; moving between formal exposition and written work, to communicative work in pairs and small groups. Spanish is used as much as possible in the classroom. Multimedia backup is recommended for students’ use in their own time. Regular written work is set for homework.

By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate basic lexical and grammatical competence in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish and feel relatively confident about using Spanish in a range of everyday situations.

Key Primary Bibliography:

1. Pinilla R, San Mateo A, 2016, ELExprés, Nueva edición, Curso intensivo de español, SGEL, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-9778-905-9

2. Pinilla R, San Mateo A, 2016, ELExprés Libro de ejercicios (A1-B1), SGEL, Madrid. ISBN: 9788497789196

3. Gilda Nissenberg, 2004, Complete Spanish Grammar, Mc Graw Hill. ISBN 0-07-142270-6

4. Dorothy Devney Richmond, 1996, Spanish Verb Tenses, Mc Graw Hill. ISBN 0-8442-7334-1



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