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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Spanish 1B (ELCH08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummarySpanish 1B is a language, literature and culture course for students with university entry qualifications in Spanish. One half of the course is dedicated to language studies and the other to the literature and culture of Spain and Spanish America. Language work is set at the equivalent of level B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). Classes develop written, oral and listening comprehension skills while the cultural elements of the course introduce students to a selection of works from the Spanish-speaking world and develop research, analytical and writing skills.
Course description Weekly written language contact hours are designed around the materials on Learn (the Virtual Learning Environment at the University of Edinburgh) and will develop your understanding and command of grammatical constructions and your ability to write and comprehend a variety of texts in Spanish. Oral classes, also weekly, develop spoken and listening comprehension skills. They are structured around 4 Spanish and 4 Latin American films and their sociopolitical contexts.

The cultural half of Spanish 1B invites you to explore how diverse cultural forms have engaged with foundational moments in Spain and Spanish America. As well as a weekly lecture, students also attend weekly seminars.

Independent class preparation and study are vital for all aspects of learning on the Spanish 1B course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Spanish at Grade B in Higher, A-level or equivalent.

70% in Foundation Spanish 3 at the first attempt;

OR equivalent.

If your entry qualification for Spanish is a Scottish Higher, you will automatically be admitted to 1B. Students with a 'crash' Higher OR a Higher awarded more than 1 year ago will be registered on Spanish 1B, but may take a Proficiency Test to gauge their ability. The Proficiency Test will be available on the course Learn page and should be completed by 15th September and emailed to the Course Organiser for assessment. Depending on the results, course registration would be changed to Spanish 1A.

Other students whose qualifications in Spanish are more than 3 years old may also take the Proficiency Test to determine whether Spanish 1A or 1B would be more appropriate.

The test will be available online on Learn and students are required to complete it by 15th September.

Please note that changing from 1B to 1A is not allowed in any other circumstances.

Additional Costs Textbooks.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 302 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) COURSEWORK 100%
LANGUAGE (written and spoken), 50%:
2 online tests (5%, 2.5% each),
2 written assignments (20%, 10% each),
1 in-class written assignment (20%),
1 group oral presentation (5%), Students will give two oral presentation during the course, only the best mark will count
Weekly e-learning exercises (formative, 0%),

1 research poster (15%)
1 online bibliography test (5%),
1 take-home comparative commentary (30%)
E-learning exercises (formative, 0%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate accurate use of a wide range of forms in Spanish vocabulary, grammar and syntax.
  2. Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  3. Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.
  4. Demonstrate a cultural knowledge of some of the countries of the Spanish-speaking world in written and spoken formats.
  5. Undertake cultural analysis with reference to historical periods.
Reading List
Resources List available at:

Spanish 1B
Essential supporting grammar book:
Universo gramatical (Edinumen, 2014)

Recommended for language learning:
Juan Kattán-Ibarra and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context (Routledge)
Pilar Muñoz and Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (Arnold)
Richmond Compact Spanish-English Dictionary

Essential for history, literature and culture:
Sanchis Sinisterra, José. ¡Ay, Carmela!/El lector por horas (Editorial Austral, Madrid).
Other essential readings are available via the course Resources List at:

When students arrive we will also supply them with a dossier of works and make the following films available: Cabeza de Vaca (Dir. Nicolás Echevarría, 1991) and También la lluvia (Dir. Icíar Bollaín, 2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
KeywordsDELC Spanish 1B
Course organiserDr Barbara Castillo Buttinghausen
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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