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A Post A/S Level or equivalent module in Spanish language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for students with an A/S level in Spanish or comparable standard of competency.

Grammar and cultural themes are developed focusing on the world of work.

This module aims to:

  • To revise and consolidate grammar as required by the class.
  • To introduce complex grammatical structures.
  • To extend both general and specific vocabulary related to the field of the work environment and of science.
  • To read and understand texts of some complexity about the world of work, contemporary Spain and science.
  • To improve students’ oral and written communication skills.
  • To equip students with skills for studying and working in Spanish speaking countries. 

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B1+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following: -

  • Successfully completed Spanish Level 2
  • Gained a Spanish A/S level Qualification
  • Already achieved A2+  or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

You are advised to review material from your previous courses before the start of this module.

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

Alhambra Granada This module will equip you with the ability to:

  • Understand most of the information presented in extended speech and lectures in the target language providing the topic is familiar.
  • Communicate in spoken and written Spanish, with a fair degree of accuracy, on a variety of subjects being able to compare, contrast and analyse.
  • Understand and use a range of appropriate structures when writing for professional purposes.
  • Read articles and reports.
  • Understand current issues in modern Spain.
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in a Spanish speaking area.

Indicative core content

The aim of the module is to widen your range of vocabulary and linguistic structures and, in particular, to provide you with the necessary skills to understand and talk at a fairly sophisticated level. The module offers study in areas such as: formal Spanish in the work environment, science and technology and topics on contemporary Spanish culture.

Language topics: revision of basic structures such as the conjugation of irregular verbs; past tense contrast; ser/estar; combination of direct and indirect object pronouns; the subjunctive and its uses; impersonality. 

Assessment

  • Coursework 40% - 5 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
  • Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
  • Oral examination 25% - A 20-minute oral examination at the end of the module

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Aula Internacional Plus 3 – B1 (Students’ book with downloadable mp3), Jaime Corpas, A. Garmendia, C. Soriano, N. Sanz. Ed. Difusión, 2021. ISBN:  9788418032226 

Additional material: Other material produced by the teacher will be provided in class: grammar work sheets; articles on contemporary Spain from various sources; scientific texts and audiovisual material will also be used. Further sources of review and information will be provided through Blackboard.

Further grammar support: Students' Basic Grammar of Spanish: Book A1-B1, Jose Plácido, A. Ed. Difusión, 2013. ISBN: 978-8484434375

Gramática básica del estudiante de español (A1-B1), by Rosario Alonso Raya et al., Difusión, ISBN: 978-84-8443-726-0

A standard/large dictionary is also necessary.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees

"I really enjoy spanish, it's a nice break from my main course and the teacher is really good. The content is easy enough to follow and still new and interesting so it's a good balance."
"Lots of links posted on Blackboard which is very useful and it is easy to catch up after missing a lesson thanks to this. The course is well paced and I feel tested."