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Spanish 5 (LL228)

Summary

Level:

Advanced. Prior knowledge of Spanish required:
-B2.1 of CEFR (to be finalised at diagnostic interview)
-or a high grade at A-level
-or equivalent in International Baccalaureate
-or Language Centre Spanish 4 or Intermediate Accelerated
-or equivalent

Successful completion of Spanish 5 qualifies students to progress to a level 6 module (Spanish language through Films, Spanish through Translation.)

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 B2.2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).
Credits:

This 30 credit module is 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 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 reading/writing test + one speaking test

Tutors:

Mónica Martín-Castaño and Carmen Barreras Moreno

Course books (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

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.

Recommended: English-Spanish Dictionary, Collins/OUP Spanish-English.

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

Communicative skills

This module covers items such as: expressing emotions; making hypothesis about the past; giving an opinion; expressing agreement and disagreement; expressing surprise; asking for things in a formal context.

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.