Spanish Intermediate One (PLS2230)

StaffMs Jordina Sala-Branchadell - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesGCSE 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 either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in Spanish broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A*-B (or equivalent). The exit level of this module corresponds to the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference and aims to: 

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 everyday 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.

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc. in the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with 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 presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in his/her field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgements
  • 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 module 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:

Main Grammar

Verbs: revision of present tense, uses of past tenses (imperfect, preterite, perfect & pluperfect) verbs like gustar, soler + infinitive, imperative, future tense, introduction to the present subjunctive, the conditional tense, uses of ser/estar/haber, por and para, and other prepositions, personal pronouns: reflexive, direct and indirect object pronouns, demonstratives and possessives.

 Main Topics

  • Introductions, personal information and studies, personal qualities, talking about past holidays and giving biographical information

  • The world of work: job descriptions, applying for a job, writing a CV and letter of application.

  • Holiday plans and renting an apartment.

  • Talking about the recent past, problems and routine.

  • Describing how life used to be, talking about what has changed in your life.

  • Shopping, leisure activities and food.

  • Recounting an event in the past, following instructions

  • Expressing hopes, wishes, wants, advising and doubting, telling a story in the past with more detail.

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, 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 comprehension and grammar exercises on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and coursework items. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying 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 & Teaching activities66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidate 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
06040

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/s
In-Class Listening Test1545 Minutes2, 7Written Feedback Sheet & oral feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Oral Test2510-12 minutes1, 3-7Written Feedback Sheet & oral feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Written Examination (organised centrally)401.5 hours1-5, 7Written Feedback Sheet & oral feedback with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral test1, 3-7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%, Written Examination = 75%

The Re-Assessment Written Exam will include all the skills assessed by the In-Class Test, the Listening Test and the Written Exam. Nevertheless, students will only be expected to retake the sections they have been deferred/referred (ie. the skills covered by the In-Class Test, the In-class Listening Test and/or the Written Exam). The same % of credit applies.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Libro del Alumno + CDs A2 (SM, 2011), ISBN: 9788467547474.

Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Cuaderno de Ejercicios A2– New Edition (SM, 2011) ISBN: 9788467547481.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE -http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6684

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

A Spanish Learning Grammar, by Mike Thacker and Pilar Muñoz (Routledge, 2012). ISBN: 9781444157338

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

31/01/2017

Last revision date

31/01/2017

Key words search

Spanish, Intermediate