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Module LXN-1043:
Intermediate Spanish

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Mr Ruben Chapela-Orri

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To introduce students to the intermediate level of the language.
  2. To enable students to develop more advanced oral skills.

Course content

This module runs during the first semester and is aimed at students with some prior knowledge of Spanish. The course is based on a communicative approach and helps students to enhance all the key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. After each of the contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 30 minutes of self-study to revise and consolidate what they have learned in class.

The textbook for this course is: ELE Actual A2: Libro del Alumno + CDs, by Virgilio Borobio. SM. (2019 ed.)

By the end of this course students will approach level A2 as defined by the Common European Framework, Language Assessment Scales.(1) Students are expected to cover chapters 1-5 of their textbook.

(1) Level A2: Competent in a limited range of language tasks, performed in familiar work and social contexts. Repertoire is equal to most routine language tasks and the user has sufficient grasp of grammar to cope with some non-routine tasks. This applies to all the 4 language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

40-49%: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them in specific situations at a basic level.

good

50-69%: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them in specific situations.

excellent

70+%: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various grammatical areas studied and an ability to implement them confidently in specific situations.

Learning outcomes

  1. Communicate orally using a variety of grammatical and syntactical structures

  2. Understand and respond orally to questions using a variety of grammatical and syntactical structures

  3. An understanding of the following topics and functions - Talking about oneself and others: family; daily routine; preferences; likes/dislikes; hobbies and free time both in the present and in the past - Giving and understanding information about your state of health - Giving account of what other people said - Giving and understanding instructions - Recounting series of events

  4. An understanding of the following grammar - Present tense: revision - Perfect tense: revision - The preterite - Imperfect - Past continuous - Ser/Estar - Reflexive verbs - Prepositional verbs - Reported speech - The imperative - Conditional clauses with the present and the future tenses

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM EXAM WK10

Written exam assessing the grammar points covered in the module. The questions will be in writing and will combine exercises such as fill in the gaps, verb conjugation, vocabulary, reading comprehension and sentence writing.

70
ORAL Oral exam Week 5

5 minutes presentation on a basic topic (e.g. talking about oneself) + 5 minutes of questions

30

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

10 seminars x 2 hours per week.

20
Private study 80

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • The ability to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.14)
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as basic morphology and phonology. (Benchmark statement 5.8, and 5.9)
  • Basic reading and listening skills in the target language as well as vocabulary acquisition. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.7, and 5.10)
  • The ability to make effective use of notes and to carry out independent study. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
  • Develop verbal communication skills in the target language through group work and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.8)
  • The ability to read, understand, translate, and write short texts in the target language (benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15 and 5.16)
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of more advanced grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as morphology and phonology. (Benchmark statement 5.8, and 5.9)
  • More advanced reading and listening skills in the target language as well as more advanced vocabulary acquisition. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.7, and 5.10)
  • Further develop students's verbal communication skills through group work and class discussions.
  • The ability to read, understand, translate, and write more complex texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15, and 5.16)
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of more advanced grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as morphology and phonology. (Benchmark statement 5.8, and 5.9)

Resources

Resource implications for students

Students have to purchase the textbook.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lxn-1043.html

Reading list

The textbook for this course is: ELE Actual A2: Libro del Alumno + CDs, by Virgilio Borobio. SM. (2019 ed.)

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: