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Spanish 3 (LL222)

Summary

Level:

Prior knowledge of Spanish required:

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

Successful completion of Spanish 3 qualifies students to progress to Spanish 4

Main Objectives:
  • To improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • To understand and produce texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • To achieve B1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).
Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching:

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

Option 1 Option 2

One weekly two-hour face-to-face session delivered on campus.

Some independent study will also be set.

One-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

+ one-hour 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
Tutors:

Ana Devenport and Peter O'Sullivan

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

Course Description

The primary aim of this module is to enable students to communicate effectively at a reasonable level in everyday, predictable situations likely to be met in work or study situations in a Spanish-speaking country. Furthermore, it aims to help students to improve their accuracy of grammar and syntax and to develop essential reading and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • understand the main points on matters regularly encountered
  • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
  • enter unprepared into conversation, describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
  • produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform many tasks at Level B1 Independent user (threshold) of the Common European Framework.

Syllabus

The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

Term 1 will cover items such as: describing actions in the past; talking about personal anecdotes; making promises; justifying actions.

Term 2 will cover items such as: giving advice; making suggestions; asking for permission; expressing commands; expressing wishes.

Grammar

Term 1 will cover items such as: the present perfect, the preterit, the imperfect, the future and consolidation and revision of adjectives and pronouns.

Term 2 will cover items such as: the conditional, affirmative and negative commands, direct and indirect object pronouns and an introduction to the present subjunctive.