Non-credit Programme

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a non-credit programme open to students in all faculties. This programme is closely aligned with the first three language levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and with the curricula developed by the Cervantes Institute. For more information on CEFRL levels please visit the Council of Europe’s website.

The aim of the Non-Credit Programme is to take students from an absolute beginner’s stage up to a B1 level. All levels are designed to be covered in courses of 100 hours. By the end of the programme, students will have a sound command of both spoken and written Spanish as well as an understanding of the culture and traditions of Spain and Latin America.

The courses are organized as follows:

YEAR I Spanish A1 (100 hours) A1.1 (Semester 1)
A1.2 (Semester 2)
YEAR II Spanish A2 (100 hours) A2.1 (Semester 1)
A2.2 (Semester 2)
YEAR III Spanish B1 (100 hours) B1.1 (Semester 1)
B1.2 (Semester 2)

Students will have the choice of taking just one course or continue until they achieve a level B1.There will be internal assessments throughout the course as well as an examination at the end of the year which will determine whether the students can progress to the next level. The objective is that by the end of each year students should be ready to apply, if they so wish, for the DELE examination at the level they have studied at the university. The DELE examinations are held worldwide and they take place twice a year in May and November. In Hong Kong, City University Community College administers the DELE examinations. For more information please visit their website.

The DELE examinations are the Spanish government’s official exams administered through the Cervantes Institute and their diplomas have the advantage of being recognized all over the world so that students can use them when applying for jobs or applying to go and study in a Spanish-speaking university. For more information on the DELE examinations and examples of past papers please consult the Cervantes Institute website.

SPANISH A1

This course is taught over two semesters (A1.1 and A1.2) and is known as Beginner or Breakthrough level according to the CEFRL.

The aim of the course is to teach complete beginners the basics of the Spanish language. By the end of the year students will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They will be able to introduce themselves and others as well as ask and answer questions about personal details. They will be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly. They will also get an insight into Spanish culture and customs.

Assessment for this course will be based on assignments, progress tests and an oral test at the end of the course. Students who achieve the recommended level to go on to Spanish A2 will be able to apply to take the DELE A1 exam in May of the same year. Applying for this examination will be the responsibility of the student and will incur additional costs.

SPANISH A2

This course is taught over two semesters (A2.1 and A2.2) and is known as Elementary or Waystage level according to the CEFRL.

The course is open to students who have passed the A1 level course. Applicants who have a comparable level of Spanish through studies in other institutions or countries may also be admitted upon interview and assessment.

The aim of the course is to build up on the skills already acquired in the previous year and to add further skills which will enable students to deal with texts and situations which are linguistically more challenging than those experienced in lower levels. By the end of the course, students will understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance such as personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment, etc. They will be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They will also be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Assessment for this course will be based on assignments, progress tests and an oral test at the end of the course. Students who achieve the recommended level to go on to Spanish B1 will be able to apply to take the DELE A2 exam in May of the same year. Applying for this examination will be the responsibility of the student and will incur additional costs.

SPANISH B1

This course is taught over two semesters (B1.1 and B1.2) and is known as Pre-Intermediate or Threshold level according to the CEFRL.

The course is open to students who have passed the A2 level course. Applicants who have a comparable level of Spanish through studies in other institutions or countries may also be admitted upon interview and assessment.

The goal of this course is to further develop the students’ skills in Spanish with the aid of other materials (texts, audio and video) as well as the textbook. There will be a focus on the study of Hispanic culture and history and students will be encouraged to improve their oral and written skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. They will be able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. They will be able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest; also describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Assessment for this course will be based on assignments, progress tests and an oral test at the end of the course. Students who achieve the recommended level will be able to apply to take the DELE B1 exam. Applying for this examination will be the responsibility of the student and will incur additional costs.
Although it is not part of the course, students will be encouraged to travel to Spain at the end of their 2nd year of studies in order to further improve their language skills by doing an intensive language course for a month.

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