Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track (FLS2430)
|Staff||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 (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.
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:
- Language learning
- Parts of the house and furniture
- 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
- 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
- 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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning Activities||88||Language classes (4 hours per week x 22 weeks)|
|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|
|5 formative tasks covering covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension||Variable||1-5, 7||Written and oral|
|1 in-class formative task in Term 1, Week 12||1.5 hours||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 Listening Test||20||45 minutes||2, 7||Written and oral|
|Oral Test||30||9-10 minutes||2, 7||Written and oral|
|Written Examination||50||2 hours||1-5, 7||Written and oral|
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 Listening Test and Written Examination||Written Examination||1-5, 7||Ref/Def period|
|Oral Test||Oral Test||1, 3-7||Ref/Def period|
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.
Rosa Montero et al. Students’ Basic Grammar of Spanish (Difusión, 2013). ISBN: 9788484434375
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 2018 by Diego Soto Hernando
Key words search
Spanish intermediate fast-track