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Spanish 5 (LL228)

Summary

Level: Advanced.

Prior knowledge of Spanish required:

  • B2 of CEFR
  • or a high grade at A-level (A*, A and B), or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
  • or successful completion of Language Centre Spanish 4 or Intermediate Accelerated
  • or equivalent

All students will have to discuss their level with a tutor before enrolling.

Module Aims
  • To communicate effectively in situations ranging from informal conversation to a formal interview or presentation.
  • To read and understand articles and a varied range of fictional and non-fictional passages.
  • To facilitate students’ self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their learning skills.
  • To achieve B2+ standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).
Credits

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Learning

One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • One weekly two-hour face-to-face class delivered on campus
  • Some independent study will also be set

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online.

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 2 - portfolio (20%)

Term 3 - one reading/writing test (40%) + one speaking test (40%)

Tutors

Dr Mónica Martín-Castaño (monica.martin-castano@warwick.ac.uk)
Isabel Cobo Palacios (isabel.cobo-palacios@warwick.ac.uk)

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

Nuevo Prisma Nivel B2, Libro del alumno + CD, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-641-4

Nuevo Prisma Nivel B2, Libro de ejercicios + CD, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-643-8

Successful completion of Spanish 5 qualifies students to progress to a level 6 module (Spanish language through FilmsLink opens in a new window, Spanish through TranslationLink opens in a new window.)

Course Description

The module aims to enable students to communicate fluently and effectively at an advanced level in speech and writing, in predictable and unpredictable situations. Furthermore, it is designed to help students improve their accuracy of grammar and syntax and to provide an interesting and challenging range of topics for discussion and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • develop competence in a broad range of complex and non-routine language tasks across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts
  • consolidate and expand grammatical and syntactical competence
  • become more proficient in using a wider range of register and style both in speaking and writing
  • further awareness and appreciation of Hispanic culture

Syllabus

Grammar

This module covers items such as: revision and consolidation of past tenses; present subjunctive; imperfect subjunctive; relative pronouns; reported speech; conditional sentences; ser and estar; comparative and superlatives.

Topics

This module covers topics such as: History; work; literature; music and the arts; health; new technologies; gastronomy.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Strategies to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in Spanish
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving, Critical thinking
  • Can count towards the Warwick AwardLink opens in a new window

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