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Spanish studies 1 (intermediate), Short Course

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This Spanish studies 1 (intermediate) module at The Open University UK takes you to an intermediate level of linguistic competence in Spanish, which is equivalent to B1 level of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference. 


You will develop your confidence in listening, reading, writing, speaking and interacting in Spanish, as well as your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking societies and cultures. In addition, the module is designed to expand your academic, digital and employability skills in Spanish contexts. You will have the option to study most activities in a book or as interactive online activities on the module website. The website uses authentic online resources in support of independent and collaborative learning.

Alongside language-specific skills and knowledge (e.g. grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, speaking, interacting, cultural knowledge), you will develop intercultural communication skills, translation skills, as well as academic, digital and employability skills. You will also learn about working practices in Spanish-speaking countries and about using appropriate conventions for writing CVs and letters of application.

With the Spanish studies 1 (intermediate) module at The Open University UK you will develop good communication skills and learn how to analyse, evaluate and present ideas and arguments effectively; and will become adept at relating to other people and being open to different points of view, all of which are highly valued skills in many professional settings.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

This module is based around six themes: Leisure and culture; Geography; Work, employment and unemployment; History; Celebrations, customs and traditions; and Society. Through each theme, you will gradually develop your Spanish knowledge and skills by:

  • familiarising yourself with core vocabulary and grammar
  • learning about and reflecting on language, culture and intercultural communication skills
  • studying with audio recordings and videos featuring speakers of Spanish and their lives and environments 
  • engaging in a wide variety of speaking and interactive activities
  • practising direct translation to support your language learning 
  • working independently and in collaboration with others
  • reviewing and monitoring your progress using checklists, and reflective questions.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning.
  • You require a working knowledge of Spanish to study this module, equivalent to A2 level of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for languages.
  •  It is ideal if you have successfully completed Portales: beginners’ Spanish (L194) or who have reached a similar linguistic standard. 
  • You do not need a formal qualification in the language, but may have acquired your knowledge in adult education classes, time spent in Spanish-speaking countries, regular contact with Spanish-speaking people or other sources.

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