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Spanish Intermediate Accelerated (LL257)

Summary

Level:

Prior knowledge of Spanish required:

  • A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Level to be confirmed at diagnostic interview.
  • or a high grade in GCSE or equivalent
  • or Language Centre Spanish 2 or Beginners Accelerated
  • or equivalent

Successful completion of Spanish Intermediate Accelerated qualifies students to progress to Spanish 5.

Main Objectives:

  • To improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. To develop greater fluency when speaking.
  • To understand ideas in complex text, and produce text on a wide range of topics.
  • To work towards B2.1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • One and a half-hours of asynchronous tutor-guided study
  • One and a half-hours online synchronous session (small group)
  • + one-hour extra of online synchronous practice with peers (with activities set by tutor - the tutor will not be present in this session)

Some independent study will also be set.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.

Assessment:

Term 1: One interim test

Term 3:

  • One speaking test
  • One Reading/Writing test
Tutor:

Ana Devenport

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

Course books:

  • NUEVO PRISMA A2 - Libro del alumno + CD. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-370-3
  • NUEVO PRISMA A2 - Libro de ejercicios + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-372-7
  • NUEVO PRISMA B1 - Libro del alumno + CD. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-637-7
  • NUEVO PRISMA B1 - Libro de ejercicios + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-639-1

Course Description

The module is designed to enable students who have demonstrated higher linguistic skills to fast-track two levels (levels 3 and 4) in one year instead of two.

The module will strengthen reading and writing skills and will also reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the Spanish language. Students will gain further insights into the culture and civilisation of Spanish-speaking countries. The module will offer a more advanced study of language structure and syntax, and will concentrate on using the target language for discussing and analysing aspects of the Spanish-speaking society.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level.
  • understand the main ideas and some detail of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics.
  • interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints.
  • write clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform many tasks at Level B2.1 Independent user (vantage) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Syllabus

Communicative skills

This module will cover items such as: giving advice; describing anecdotes in the past; expressing commands; making promises; expresing wishes; talking about hypothesis; making predictions; giving opinions; justifying actions; expressing agreement and disagreement.

Grammar

This module will cover items such as: the past tenses (preterit, present perfect, imperfect, pluperfect), the future tense, the conditional, direct and idirect object pronouns, the subjunctive.

Topics

Some of the topics to be discussed in this module include: history, new technologies, fairy tales, leisure activities, the environment, health, sports, social media, education.