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Spanish for Beginners 1

Spanish for Beginners 1

Code: SPA8LF001
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Timing: Semester 3
Language: Spanish and English
Level: Language studies, A1
Type: Optional studies

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • is able to interact with Spanish speaking people in basic situations
  • grasps the elementary grammar skills to write a simple text
  • has practiced the newly acquired oral skills in small presentations
  • is prepared for a future working life in any of the 19 Spanish speaking countries
  • has broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by getting ready for exchange in a Spanish-speaking country
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course content

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to basic vocabulary and grammar. From the very beginning the student will start to be familiar with formal and informal ways of introducing himself/herself. The student will practice the basics in order to interact with nativr speakers using their own language.

  • Essentials of grammar
  • Vocabulary to speak about himself/herself
  • Basic writing skills
  • Listening and comprehension
  • Describing objects and people
  • Differences between Spanish speaking countries

Cooperation with the business community

Real business based examples and cases, guest speakers, company visits as appropriate.

International dimension

International and global business approach to course themes and topics, contributions by multinational student groups and company cooperation.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours
Videos /DVD/CD
Listening  and Comprehension exercises
Basic grammar exercises
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher with the main responsibility of the course

Alicia Jáuregui Renaud

Course materials

Mäkinen, M., Riiho, U. & Torvanen, M. Qué Tal? 1. .Editorial Tammi.
Other material provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1 (Min. 40%
competence level)
3 (Min. 70%
competence level)
5 (Min. 90% c
ompetence level)
Knowledge The student has limited knowledge about the elementary structures of Spanish. The student is familiar with the most basic vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student is familiar with the most basic Spanish attitudes and the cultural aspects in everyday and working life. The student has basic knowledge of the elementary structures of Spanish. The student knows well  the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student is generally familiar with the Spanish attitudes and the cultural aspects in everyday and working life. The student  knows the elementary structures of Spanish very well. The student is fully familiar with the vocabulary of everyday life and his/her close environment. The student is fully familiar with the Spanish attitudes and the cultural aspects in everyday and working life.
Skills The student can fairly manage orally in everyday basic situations in Spanish. The student can fairly write a short and simple text. The student has fairly broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of thinking. The student can well manage orally in everyday basic situations in Spanish. Can well produce short and mostly simple texts. The student has generally broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of thinking. The student can fully manage orally in everyday basic situations in Spanish. The student can produce short and simple and partly more demanding texts. The student has fully broadened the international aspect of his/her studies by introducing new ways of thinking.
Competence The student has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can fairly understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in Spanish. The student can understandably introduce him/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks very slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows poor service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy
   

The student has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can well understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in Spanish. The student can introduce him/herself and others well and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student an generally interact in a simple way provided the other person talks quite slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows good service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

The student has reached the language level A1 of the Common European framework of reference for languages CEFR. The student can very well understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in Spanish. The student can introduce him/herself and others very well and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. The student can very well interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. The student shows excellent service and sales orientation as required by the HH3S policy.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Active participation & assignments 20%
Exams 40% + 40% = 80%
80% attendance is required

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.