• Application Deadline
  • 10 months
    Duration
The Portales: Beginners' Spanish programme offered by The Open University UK is designed to develop the skills you need to speak and understand simple Spanish in everyday contexts.

About

The Portales: Beginners' Spanish programme offered by The Open University UK will take you through a wide range of practical situations such as travelling, shopping, working and eating out in Spanish-speaking countries. Study resources include printed materials and a dedicated website with a variety of online activities – which support independent learning. Together, they’ll give you not just language skills but a real feel for Hispanic cultures as well.

You’ll have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written and spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you’re new to the OU, you’ll find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. This module includes a programme of tutorial events, all of which are offered online, and some of which are also offered face-to-face. You therefore have the option of attending all events online or a mixture of online and face-to-face. Where face-to-face events are held will depend on the geographical distribution of students taking the module. All of these tutorial events, whether online or face-to-face, will provide plenty of opportunities to speak and listen to Spanish.

The study materials are carefully structured and graded, and provide ample opportunities to practise the language in realistic contexts, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. By the end of the module you will be able to speak and understand simple language and will have developed an understanding of aspects of Spanish and Latin American society and culture.

This module is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A2 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will have developed your knowledge and understanding of the language as well as an awareness of cultural diversity in Spanish speaking countries which form a key part of the learning outcomes for studying at this level. By the end of the module you will have developed key OU level 1 undergraduate study skills such as learning to work independently and using strategies which enable you to solve problems and analyse data.

Professional recognition

The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this module under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 10 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is based around three books and has at its core the following elements:

  • user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ information dealing with language and cultural aspects
  • gradual development of study and language skills
  • development of basic vocabulary and set phrases
  • audio material, featuring recordings by native Spanish speakers, songs, radio documentaries and a wide variety of speaking activities
  • regular practice activities and self-assessment tests to monitor your progress
  • online video clips to support your practice activities.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning.
  • No prior knowledge of Spanish is required to study this module. 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 10 months.
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Funding

You must apply for financial support by 08/08/13

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