Spanish Intermediate Two (FLS2315)

StaffDr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLS2215 / 2230 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module exit level is a high B1 level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations
  • Further develop active and passive language skills and productive skills in speaking, reading and writing 
  • Deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of an extensive range of grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend written texts of a more technical nature on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a range of situations, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed text on a range of subjects in the target language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with some guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a brief prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining their views
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics (the list is not exhaustive):

Main Grammar:

  • Expressing opinions and judgement with the subjunctive
  • Expressions of time + subjunctive
  • Revision of perfect tense
  • Revision of preterite tense
  • Imperfect subjunctive
  • Future perfect and conditional perfect
  • Uses of perfect, imperfect and preterite tenses
  • The Passive Voice
  • Reported Speech
  • Ser and estar
  • Certainty and uncertainty + subjunctive or indicative
  • Gerund and infinitive

Main Topics:

  • Greetings: introductions
  • Talking about learning a language
  • Accommodation: sharing a flat
  • Bureaucracy: form filling, complaints
  • Cinema in the Spanish speaking world: expressing opinions
  • At the police station
  • Tourism
  • Routine and working life
  • Applying for a job, Organisations - NGOs and political parties
  • Music, Advertising, Diet and nutrition
  • The media - television

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
44106

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidate class work; Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
07525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Test 251hr 30m 1-5, 7Written
Oral Test 257-8 mins1, 3-7Written
Written Examination 501hr 30 mins1-5, 7Written
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Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Referral/deferral period
Written Examination, In-class Test Written Examination 1-5, 7Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Virgilio Borobia Carrera, Ele Actual: Libro del Alumno + CDs B1 (SM, 2012), ISBN: 9788467548976.

Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Cuaderno de Ejercicios B1 (SM, 2012) ISBN:9788467548983.

Suggested Readings:

A Spanish Learning Grammar, by Mike Thacker and Pilar Muñoz (Routledge, 2012). ISBN: 9781444157338

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

February 2017

Key words search

spanish, intermediate