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ULSP20010 - Intermediate Spanish

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: A good pass GCSE Spanish or equivalent, ULSP10010 or ULSP10110
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Spanish. This course is not open to native or near native Spanish speakers
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.

Description

This course aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Spain.

Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest
  2. understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
  3. intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
  4. express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event
  5. write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

  • information handling
  • IT skills
  • cultural appreciation
  • language awareness
  • discussion
  • formal presentations

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars - three hours per week. 

Assessment

  • Semester one: One written test (20%), one presentation (10%), one dossier mark (10%). Oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one aural (15%), one oral test (15%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment

Convenor

Dr Ana Niño

Taught by

Esther Heredero

Maximum entry

25 per group.

Set text

Students need to choose one of these reading books per semester: 

Recommended texts

None

Pathway

ULSP20020, Post-intermediate Spanish