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Spanish beginners accelerated (LL264)

Summary

Level:

Absolute Beginners only. This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. Due to the 'accelerated' aspect of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a GCSE A* grade in another European language) is essential.

Main Objectives:

To develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks acquiring essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and insight into the Spanish speaking world.

Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is one weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

one and a half-hour online synchronous seminar (small group)

+ one and a half-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

Some independent study will also be set.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Assessment:

Term 1 - one interim test

Term 3 - one reading/writing test + one speaking test

Tutors:

Susi Howe and Carmen Barreras Moreno

Course Text-books (must be bought by student):

  • Nuevo Prisma A1 - EDICIÓN AMPLIADA - Libro del alumno, Equipo nuevo Prisma, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-604-9
  • Nuevo Prisma A1 - EDICIÓN AMPLIADA - Libro de ejercicios, Equipo nuevo Prisma, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-601-8
  • Nuevo Prisma A2 - Libro del alumno + CD, Equipo Prisma, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-370-3
  • Nuevo Prisma A2 - Libro de ejercicios + CD, Evelyn Aixalà, et.al., Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-372-7

Course Description

A general foundation in language, extending across the four main skills areas (speaking, writing, listening and reading), with an emphasis upon the acquisition of an essential grammatical basis and development of both receptive and productive skills.

Successful completion of Spanish Beginners Accelerated qualifies students to progress to Spanish 3 or Spanish Intermediate Accelerated.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Apply a basic knowledge of grammar.
  • Gain insight into everyday life in the relevant countries.
  • Apply strategies for understanding gist and short descriptions.
  • Interact about familiar topics and activities.
  • Write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need.

Syllabus

The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

This module will cover items such as: greetings, introductions, asking for and giving personal information, describing people and places, daily routine, likes and dislikes, making plans and talking about past events.

Grammar

This module will provide an introduction to fundamental features of Spanish and essential basic structures, making it possible to function in a range of everyday situations using the present and past tenses.