Spanish beginner's level 1st part (0-A1)

lespa1101  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Spanish beginner's level 1st part (0-A1)
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
45.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Calvo Cantero Maria Del Carmen (compensates Vallejo Villamor Carmen); Diaz Charlotte (compensates Calvo Cantero Maria Del Carmen); Garcia Migura Begona; Landa Diestro Juan; Tirado Fernandez Alicia Maria; Vallejo Villamor Carmen (coordinator);
As far as the Spanish language is concerned, no basic requirements have to be met.
On the other hand, administratively, students need to add the credits to their faculty programme. Non-programme students are not accepted, except outgoing Erasmus students who have been allowed to follow the course by their faculty.
Maximum 20 students per group.
Main themes
This course is aimed at beginners, this learning module aims at covering the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary corresponding to starting to learn the language from scratch and a Council of Europe Framework of Reference level A1.
The various themes addressed are: myself and the others (introducing oneself, preferences, family, basic descriptions); daily needs (personal belongings, the classroom, feelings); everyday life (habits, food, clothes, hobbies and sports); life in general (the environment, the weather, the city, shopping, asking for directions); telling the time (the calendar, times, expressions of frequency, timetables); expressions relating to concrete situations (greetings, forms of politeness, useful business-like expressions, such as purchasing things and going to the restaurant).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this learning module, the student should be able to:
  • ask and provide information about oneself and others, daily needs, everyday life, one's living environment and the weather, using basic expressions.
  • describe themselves and their living environment, using basic words and expressions in isolation.
  • express themselves about concrete situations using basic control of simple syntactic structures and grammatical forms belonging to a standard memorized repertoire as well as basic forms of politeness.
  • answer and ask simple questions, react to simple statements and make statements about basic needs or familiar topics.
  • understand instructions that are given to them in a clear way as well as follow short and simple instructions.
  • understand short and simple texts, sentence by sentence, indicating nouns, familiar words and basic expressions, re-reading when necessary, as well as get the hang of the contents of a simple informative text, especially if it is accompanied by some visual aid.
  • spell out personal information and recognize the most frequent nouns, familiar concepts and elementary expressions used in ordinary situations of everyday life; pronounce a very limited repertoire of expressions and memorized words, such that a native speaker used to listening to non-native speakers can easily understand them.
  • fill out simple forms (a hotel booking or a brochure) by oneself; provide basic information about onself, numbers, dates, hours, placenames, quantities, prices, etc.
  • write short and simple texts about oneself and imaginary characters, using familiar words and regularly used expressions, as well as postcards using elementary compounds and connectors, such as "and" or "then".
This learning module consists in developing the basic communicative and linguistic skills. The methodology used is varied (productive as well as receptive skills, emphasizing speaking skills) and linked to the topics addressed.
The assignments (if any) have to be submitted during class or on the UCL Moodle platform.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course follows the communicative notional-functional method.

This learning module is taught in the form of contact hours using the communicative, lexical and grammatical approach. An A1-level book is used.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Depending on the sanitary situation, the examinations could be carried out remotely. 
June session: 
Final exam 40%.
Oral exam 30%.
Continuous assessment 30%.     
Attention: To pass the course you must have obtained at least 10/20 on the final exam and the oral exam.                                                                                                
September session:
Final exam 70%.
Oral exam 30%. 
Attention: To pass the course you must have obtained at least 10/20 on the final exam and the oral exam.                                  
Other information
This course may be chosen as an elective by students from all faculties of UCL, as well as by members of the academic, scientific and administrative staff.
Online resources
  • Aula 1. Curso de español. Nueva edición. Editorial: difusión.
Touts les supports sont actualisés et presentés sur la page moodle du cours
Teaching materials
  • Aula 1 Curso de español. Nueva edición. Editorial: difusión.
Faculty or entity

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