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Spanish 4 (LL224)

Summary

Level:

Prior knowledge of Spanish required:

  • B1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Level to be assessed at diagnostic interview.
  • or a high grade at AS-level
  • or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
  • or successfully completed Language Centre Spanish 3
  • or equivalent

Successful completion of Spanish 4 qualifies students to progress to Spanish 5

Main Objectives:
  • To further improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • 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-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
Tutor:

Ana Devenport

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

Course books:

Nuevo Prisma B1 - Libro del alumno + CD, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-637-7

Nuevo Prisma B1 - Libro de ejercicios, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-639-1

The module is taught entirely in Spanish. Texts from Spanish resources, video and audio relating to Spain and Latin America form the basis of an intensive and active learning experience.

Course Description

This 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 Spanish-speaking society.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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 text 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.

Syllabus

The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

The course will cover items such as: talking about past events; expressing opinions; giving advice and making recommendations; talking about likes and dislikes; expressing positive and negative feelings; expressing agreement and disagreement; giving commands; expressing wishes; expressing regrets; asking for specific information; expressing gratitude; accepting and rejecting invitations, talking about probabilities.

Grammar

The course will cover items such as: consolidation and revision of structures such as past tenses, conditional, future tense, imperative, present subjunctive; ser and estar; contrast between indicative and subjunctive.

Topics

The course will cover topics such as: education; travelling; feelings; the future and unexplained phenomena.