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Spanish Advanced (LL196)

This course will not be offered in 2020/21.

Summary

Level:

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of LLL Spanish Higher Intermediate or equivalent level B1

Description of entry level: This course is for those who have good vocabulary and a fair understanding of fundamental grammatical rules and how to apply them. You may have done an advanced level course at school, at least A level or 5 years attendance at evening classes. You feel reasonably confident speaking in most common social or work settings and you are developing fluency in your reading and writing. You now want to use the language more flexibly and use appropriate register to suit the context. You also want to sort out in your mind (and on paper) some of the more complex grammar forms.

Main Objectives:
  • To strengthen reading, writing, oral and listening skills
  • To develop a deeper understanding of various aspects of culture
  • To develop further your understanding and use of more advanced grammatical structures
  • To develop a more sophisticated range of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
Teaching:

1 x two-hour class per week plus some independent learning.

 

Course Texts (must be bought by student):

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

Recommended:

  • Nuevo Prisma Nivel B2 - Libro de ejercicios + Extensión digital. Edinumen. ISBN: 978-84-9848-643-8

Course Description

This course gives you an opportunity to demonstrate greater accuracy when speaking and writing.

You will be encouraged to take part in discussions and debates and will be given the opportunity to exploit a range of complex texts and authentic audio-visual materials.

You will be part of a small group (up to 12 people) and will have plenty of opportunity to talk. You will be encouraged to take part in discussions and debates.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • follow extended speech of moderate length and complexity and summarise key points; recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms and appreciate different styles and degrees of formality.
  • understand a range of texts of some degree of complexity and abstraction, and note the key points; understand any articles given the occasional use of a dictionary.
  • give clear detailed descriptions of complex subjects in the areas of work, study or special interests; participate effectively in extended discussions and debates on complex topics of personal, professional, social or cultural interests; argue a formal position convincingly, responding to questions and comments and answering counter arguments.
  • write fluently and accurately on a wide range of topics related to my personal interests; write detailed letters choosing phrases that subtly reflect my mood; produce extended texts or reports on a range of topics in a variety of registers.

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 such as:

  • voluntary work: ONGs
  • learning foreign languages
  • travel
  • music
  • health and sports
  • new technologies
  • art
  • cinema
  • memories
  • old and new professions
  • current affairs

Grammar

  • revision of past tenses
  • revision of the present subjunctive
  • the imperfect subjunctive
  • the passive voice and impersonal sentences with ‘se’
  • Impersonal sentences with 'ser' and 'estar'
  • reported speech
  • relative clauses
  • comparative and superlative
  • verbal periphrasis (phrasal verbs)
  • verbs expressing change
  • conditional sentences
  • connectors to show concession

Skills

  • listening, speaking, reading and writing