Spanish Advanced One (FLS3430)

StaffMr Christopher Day - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesA-level in Spanish (A*-B) or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between B2 - Independent User and C1 - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language.
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints.
  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher.
  • 5. Combine available learning aids in a variety of media to class notes and material, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work creatively and flexibly, react and adapt to situations as appropriate and solve problem.
  • 7. Indicate developing skills of self-study and their application and awareness of and sensitivity to the foreign culture.

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring advanced grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

It covers the following grammar and topics (Note this list is only indicative):

Main grammar: Past tenses, agreement of past participles, subjunctive, logical connectors (cause, consequence and aim, opposition and restriction), simple and complex relative pronouns, passive, future tenses, expression of hypothesis and conditional, comparison, direct & indirect object pronouns, language registers, indirect speech, etc.

Main Topics: Identities, Health, Migrations, Cities, Work, Arts, Ecology and global engagement, etc.

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work , and include the study of texts with comprehension exercises, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner.

For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. You will also be expected to complete exercises on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, write assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies (such as proofreading, self-editing and self-correcting).

You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks. You will also receive formal feedback on summative assessments such as the In-Class Test, including suggestions on how to improve and identify your own strategies for improvement.

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 teaching activities66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidation of class work by learning vocabulary and structures and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish

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 comprehensionVariable1-7Oral and Written feedback
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-7Written 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 Test3010-12 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral
Written Exam502 hours1-7Written and oral
In-Class Listening Test2045 minutes1-2, 5-7Written and oral
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Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral ExamOral Exam1, 3-7Ref/Def period
Written Exam and In Class Listening TestWritten Exam1-7Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 30%, Written Examination = 70%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Ana Hermoso and Alicia López, Nuevo Prisma B2. Libro del alumno + CD (Edinumen, 2016). ISBN: 9788498486414.

Ana Hermoso and Alicia López, Nuevo Prisma B2. Libro de ejercicios + CD (Edinumen, 2016). ISBN: 9788498486438.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/search.php?search=FLS3430

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

February 2018 by José C. Tenreiro Prego

Key words search

Spanish, Advanced