Spanish Intermediate Two (FLS2330)

StaffDr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLS2130 or FLS2215/2230 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module exit level at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference and aims to:

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations
  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop your 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 and aural texts of a more technical nature on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a wide range of situations including more specialised topics, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects in the target language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your 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 your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining your 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. 

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

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
662340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching66Language classes
Guided Independent Study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehensionVariable1-5, 7Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
05050

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral test308-9 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral
Written examination502 hours1-5, 7Written and oral
In-class listening test2045 minutes2, 7Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examination and in-class listening testWritten examination1-5, 7Ref/Def period
Oral examinationOral examination1, 3-7Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

For the re-assessment, there will be no in-class listening test, instead there will be an oral test (30%) and a written examination (70%).

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

 

Basic Readings: 

 

  • Virgilio Borobio 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

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

26/07/2018

Key words search

Spanish, intermediate, two