Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track (FLS2430)
|Staff||Dr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Convenor|
Mr Diego Soto Hernando - Convenor
|Pre-requisites||Successful completion of Spanish Fast-track Beginners (FLS2130) or equivalent. Students must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning Spanish with a minimum of A* grade at GCSE (I.B. ab-initio or grade C/D at A.S or equivalent). Knowledge of an additional foreign language is an advantage.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in Spanish broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A* or A (or equivalent), or for students that completed Spanish Beginners Fast-Track. This module is at B1+ level of the Common European Framework and aims to:
Cover the equivalent of Spanish Intermediate 1 - consolidation - (FLS2230) and Intermediate 2 (FLS2330) in one academic year
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, including comprehension skills in listening, 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
Students who successfully complete this module would progress directly to Spanish Advanced 1 (FLS3415 / 3430)
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 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 clear, 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.
The course 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:
Review of: - pronouns, adjectives and adverbs, negatives, conjunctions, prepositions, indicative tenses – past, present and future as well as the present subjunctive. Further exploration of different uses and tenses of the subjunctive mood, conditional tenses, verbs to express change and obligation, comparatives, uses of infinitive and gerund forms, expressing “to be” – using ser/estar/haber/hacer, - using “lo”.
Learning and using a language, the arts, famous historical figures, travel, political and social causes, arguing, defending & debating issues - including animal rights, the environment, personal relationships - talking about products and services, aspects of Hispanic culture.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning Activities||88||4 Hours per week x 22 weeks language classes|
|Guided Independent Study||212||Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)||Variable||1-5, 7||Written and oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|In-Class Test||20||1.5 hours||1-5, 7||Written feedback sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor|
|In-Class Listening Test||15||45 minutes||2, 7||Written feedback sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor|
|Oral Test||25||10-12 minutes||2, 7||Written feedback sheet|
|Written Examination||40||1.5 hours||1-5, 7|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|In-Class Test, In-Class Listening Test, Written Examination||Written Examination||1-5, 7||Referral/Deferral Period|
|Oral Test||Oral Test||1, 3-7||Referral/Deferral Period|
Oral test = 25%, written examination = 75%
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Virgilio Borobia Carrera, Ele Actual: Libro del Alumno + CDs A2 (SM, 2011), ISBN: 9788467547474.
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.
A Spanish Learning Grammar, by Mike Thacker and Pilar Muñoz (Routledge, 2012). ISBN: 9781444157338
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
February 2017 by José C. Tenreiro Prego
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Spanish intermediate fast-track