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Spanish Lower Intermediate (LL193)

This course will not be offered in 2020/21.
For information on the alternative module running in 2020/21 - LL194 Spanish Intermediate, please see the link below:
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/lifelonglearning/spanish/ll194

Summary

Level:

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of LLL Spanish Post Beginners or equivalent Level A1.

Description of entry level: You will have completed over 100 hours of tuition fairly recently or you have a reasonable foundation in the language at school level, possibly to GCSE level up to grade B or equivalent. You can deal with most common 'survival' situations confidently. You now want to start moving beyond merely practising simple exchanges during your holiday or work trip abroad, learning to cope in non-routine situations and contributing to conversations on topics of general interest.

Main Objectives:

The course aims to enable students to:

  • develop further competence in a range of predictable everyday language tasks.
  • develop vocabulary and extend understanding of language structures.

The course will demand more of you by way of vocabulary learning and extend your understanding of the grammar of the language, e.g. by learning more tenses.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.

Teaching:

1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

  • Nuevo Prisma Nivel A2 - Libro del Alumno + CD + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-370-3 -- New edition.
  • Recommended: Nuevo Prisma Nivel A2 - Libro de Ejercicios + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-372-7 -- New edition.

Course Description

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks that focus on practical, useful and manageable language.

The course aims to develop speaking skills through a variety of pair and group work activities, and give you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of foundational grammar whilst extending your understanding by learning more past and future tenses.

You will put new language into practice via games, role-plays, and problem-solving tasks.

You will access authentic texts and develop some understanding of society and culture.

Homework tasks will be set at the end of each session.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • understand the main points of a conversation or short presentation on topics of personal interest; understand conversations about everyday life, study and work-related topics; catch the main elements of audio material on topics of general interest
  • understand personal emails; read straightforward factual longer texts with a reasonable level of understanding; skim and scan short texts to find information.
  • describe familiar subjects; describe plans and ambitions; talk (with preparation) about colleagues, work place and organisation
  • write personal emails giving news, recounting an event, describing experiences; write short texts making enquiries, explaining problems; write about job and education.

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.

Syllabus

Topics

  • going out; having a good time
  • traffic and pollution
  • social media
  • social relationships
  • holidays, travelling
  • families in present day Spain
  • Erasmus exchange programme
  • Spanish architecture
  • applying for a job
  • writing a CV
  • new technologies
  • social events, weddings
  • talking about traditions
  • remembering the past

Grammar

  • present tense of regular and irregular verbs (revision)
  • preterit
  • present perfect tense
  • direct object pronouns
  • indirect object pronouns
  • uses of ‘ser’ and ‘estar’
  • comparative and superlative

  • imperfect tense

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing