Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track (FLS2430)

StaffDr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Convenor
Mr 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 - 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.

Syllabus plan

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”.

Main topics:

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning Activities884 Hours per week x 22 weeks language classes
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
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-5, 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 Test201.5 hours1-5, 7Written feedback sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor
In-Class Listening Test1545 minutes2, 7Written feedback sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor
Oral Test2510-12 minutes2, 7Written feedback sheet
Written Examination401.5 hours1-5, 7

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In-Class Test, In-Class Listening Test, Written ExaminationWritten Examination1-5, 7Referral/Deferral Period
Oral TestOral Test1, 3-7Referral/Deferral Period

Re-assessment notes

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.

Suggested Readings:

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?


Origin date


Last revision date

February 2017 by José C. Tenreiro Prego

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