Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Spanish lower intermediate B1 ADED11703E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

In this course you will develop independent communication skills, allowing you to interact in daily situations with a degree of confidence, initiating, maintaining and closing simple conversations. You will be able to use vocabulary and grammar to give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans, and describe experiences on familiar personal, professional matters and current events. You will develop further cultural awareness, increasing your understanding of the areas where the language is spoken.


During this course, you will be working at level B1 of the Common European Framework.


"hours per week for 20 weeks

Blocks 1 and 2

Wednesdays, 13.00-15.00

Thursdays, 19.30-21.30

Requirements of Entry

This course is recommended for learners who are already basic users of the language and want to develop independent skills, having completed an Improver course or reached A2 level.

Excluded Courses

Stage 4




Practical skills tasks evaluating students' competence on how well productive oral (25%) and writing (25%) skills are performed.


Set exercises designed as questions or tasks intended to assess the application of knowledge in receptive listening (25%) and reading (25%) skills in the foreign language.

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Enable learners to identify the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc; 

■ Familiarise them with language necessary to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken; 

■ Provide practice opportunities for learners to produce simple connected text on topics and current events that are familiar or of personal interest; 

■ Develop language skills to describe experiences and events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Interact in conversations, express opinions and exchange information on topics of a familiar nature, personal interest or everyday life; 

■ Listen to and recognise the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters; 

■ Recognise significant points in most texts in personal and professional areas of interest; 

■ Write brief, straightforward, connected texts on a small range of familiar subjects.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.