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.
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- 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
- understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
- intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
- 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
- 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.
- information handling
- IT skills
- cultural appreciation
- language awareness
- formal presentations
Teaching and learning methods
Seminars - three hours per week.
- 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
Dr Ana Niño
25 per group.
- Aula Internacional 3 (new edition) ISBN: 9788415640110.
Students need to choose one of these reading books per semester:
- Semester one: either Lola Lago: Lejos de casa ISBN: 9788484431336 or Poderoso caballero, ISBN: 9788484431305.
- Semester two: either La vida es un tango ISBN: 9788484434535 or Mirta y el viejo señor ISBN: 9788484434825.
ULSP20020, Post-intermediate Spanish