Spanish Advanced One (PLS3430)

StaffMs Jordina Sala-Branchadell - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesA-level in Spanish (A*-B) or equivalent
Co-requisites
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Spanish Advanced 1 is intended for students who have an A level (Grade A*-B) or equivalent.

On completion of this module, students will be at the level of B1+ and B2 (as Exit level) - Independent UserĀ of the Common European Framework for Languages, and be able to:

  • review and consolidate the advanced 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 and academic situations
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without much strain and produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • 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 sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the language is spoken and continue to develop transferable and intercultural skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

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

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)Variable1-7Written 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 hours1-7Written
Oral test2511-12 minutes1, 3-7Written
Written exam402 hours1-7Written
In-class Listening Test1545 Minutes1-2, 5-7written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral testOral test1, 3-7Referral/deferral period
Written Examination, In-class Listening Test, In-class TestWritten exam1-7Referral/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 In-Class 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

TBC

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=6685

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

TBC

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

28/02/2017

Last revision date

28/02/2017

Key words search

Spanish, advanced