Spanish Advanced 3 (FLS3715)

StaffDr Fran Alvarez Lopez - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLS3515/3530 Spanish Advanced 2 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

In this module you will: 

  • review and consolidate advanced structures and vocabulary of Spanish, thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations.

  • further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level.

  • build on knowledge of the socio-cultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for living and/or working abroad.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a wide range of complex language in the target language.
  • 2. Read, comprehend, question and summarise a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers on a range of topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with current affairs in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints as well as implicit and connoted information.
  • 3. Communicate confidently, proficiently and naturally in a wide range of situations, both orally and in writing, on complex and abstract topics and demonstrate ability to research a specialist topic, extracting and summarising key information from a range of written and spoken sources, and produce a written portfolio of material to a high professional standard.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate proficient levels of autonomy in language learning and ability to research a project, with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Combine specialised learning aids in a variety of media to class material and personal research, including a proficient reference grammar and specialist/for specific or academic purposes dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Work spontaneously with others as part of a team or as a leader, anticipate unexpected situations and solve a wide range of problems effectively.
  • 7. Practice self-study, further reading on class material individually and autonomously and relate to the foreign culture.
  • 8. Make presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and explain/defend his/her view point in debate as well as prove his/her point in disagreement expressing himself/herself confidently, very fluently and accurately, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations.

Syllabus plan

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

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

- Main grammar:  At this level, students are expected to demonstrate a near native competence in the use of all proficient grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision/consolidation of some fossilized grammar inaccuracies as required.  

- Main Topics: At this level, students are expected to follow weekly Spanish national and international news and their global causes and consequences. This module deals with various aspects of Spanish and Latin American societal issues such as historic, politic, philosophic, social, ethic, scientific, social, etc. debates: 

  • Sustainability, environmentalism and renewable energy 

  • Digital Society (technology, social networking, etc.)

  • Spanish and Latin American regions: geography and economic activity

  • General overview of Spanish and Latin American economy 

  • Consumer society 

  • Poverty and exclusion 

  • New trends: birth rate, marriage, ageing population 

  • Spanish and Latin American Politics: Constitution, institutions, parties 

  • Spanish and Latin American modern culture (cinema, music etc.) 

  • Current affairs and press reviews

  • Role of science and technology in modern society 

  • Spanish and Latin American gastronomy

  • Food & Drink 

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work/ class debate, and include the study of several longer texts to compare, contrast and question topical ideas with listening & reading comprehension exercises and oral development work. 

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 a proficient language learner.

For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning advanced formal 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 (text reductions, argumentative essays and research project) and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.  

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

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material from a wide range of sources in Spanish. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-8Written 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 Test 251.5 Hours1-3, 7Written Feedback
Oral Test259 - 10 minutes.AllWritten Feedback
Dossier50Consists of different components, including six text reductions (summaries & reports) and an essay (1200-1300 words) in the target language1-7Written Feedback

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 Written Examination1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8Refer/Defer period
Oral TestOral TestAllRefer/Defer period
DossierDossier1, 2, 4, 5, 8Refer/Defer period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%, Dossier = 50%, Written Exam = 25%


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Suggested Readings:

Temas de gramática con ejercicios prácticos: nivel superior B2-C1. Sociedad General Española de Librería, 2008.


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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


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Origin date


Last revision date

February 2017 by José C. Tenreiro Prego

Key words search

Spanish, Advanced Three