Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track (FLS2430)

StaffMr Diego Soto Hernando - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesSuccessful 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;

Module aims

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 (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 and reading, as well as productive skills in speaking 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 a range of grammatical structures in the target language.
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more specialised 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 texts 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 their learning with some guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available resources, such as a reference grammar or a bilingual dictionary, to consolidate their learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a clear presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining their views.
  • 7. Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The course provides a systematic approach to acquire essential language skills in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following topics and grammar points:

Topics (non-comprehensive):
- Language learning
- Parts of the house and furniture
- Food
- Clothes
- Experiences
- Celebrations and leisure
- The environment
- The future of our societies
- Healthy lifestyle
- Computing and IT
- Cities and towns
- Current affairs in Spain and Latin America

Grammar (non-comprehensive):
-  Review of grammar points at A2 level: Present Tense, question words, Pretérito Perfecto, Pretérito Indefinido, Pretérito Imperfecto, comparatives, superlatives, Imperative, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns, possessives,
- Futuro Simple
- Conditional
- Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto
- Verbal periphrases
- desde / desde que / desde hace
- Relative clauses
- Present Subjunctive
- Imperfect Subjunctive
- Reported speech

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning Activities88Language classes (4 hours per week x 22 weeks)
Guided Independent Study212 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.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks covering covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehensionVariable1-5, 7Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in Term 1, Week 121.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Listening Test2045 minutes2, 7Written and oral
Oral Test309-10 minutes2, 7Written and oral
Written Examination502 hours1-5, 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
In-Class Listening Test and Written ExaminationWritten Examination1-5, 7Ref/Def period
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

Oral test = 30%, written examination = 70%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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:

  Rosa Montero et al. Students’ Basic Grammar of Spanish (Difusión, 2013). ISBN: 9788484434375

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

February 2018 by Diego Soto Hernando

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