FLS2430 - Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track

2020/1 Module description

StaffDr Jose Tenreiro Prego - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesSuccessful completion of Spanish Fast-track Beginners (FLS2130) or equivalent. Students must be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning Spanish with a minimum of A* or A grade at GCSE (I.B. ab-initio or grade C/D at A.S or equivalent). Knowledge of an additional foreign language is an advantage. 
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track covers the equivalent of Spanish Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 in one year as being an intensive teaching module. It is intended for students who have a successful track record of learning Spanish (e.g. GCSE A*-A grade or completion of Beginners Fast Track - FLS2130).

Spanish Intermediate Fast-Track is also strongly recommended for incoming Erasmus students or those with a mother-tongue in a Romance language, e.g. French, Italian or Portuguese.

Spanish Intermediate Fast Track can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in Spanish”, see http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/ 

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* or A (or equivalent), or for students that completed Spanish Beginners Fast-Track. This module is at B1 level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations 
  • Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, as well as productive skills in speaking and writing 
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop your awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language 

Students who successfully complete this module would progress directly to Spanish Advanced 1 (FLS3415 / 3430) or Spanish in the Workplace (FLS3815 / 3830).

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a range of grammatical structures in the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more specialised nature on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language
  • 3. Communicate confidently and spontaneously in a wide range of situations, including more specialised topics, both orally and in writing, and produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects in the target language

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise their learning with some guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning resources, such as a reference grammar or a bilingual dictionary, to consolidate their learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a clear presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining their views
  • 7. Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The course provides a systematic approach to acquire essential language skills in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following topics and grammar points:

Topics (non-comprehensive):

  • Language learning
  • Parts of the house and furniture
  • Food
  • Clothes
  • Experiences
  • Celebrations and leisure
  • The environment
  • The future of our societies
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Computing and IT
  • Cities and towns
  • Current affairs in Spain and Latin America

Grammar (non-comprehensive):

  • Review of grammar points at A2 level
  • Verb Tenses
  • Present
  • Perfect
  • Preterit
  • Imperfect
  • Pluperfect
  • Future
  • Conditional
  • Present Subjunctive
  • Imperfect Subjunctive
  • The Imperative
  • Verbal periphrases
  • Reported Speech
  • Comparative clauses
  • Conditional clauses
  • Relative clauses
  • Time clauses
  • Causative clauses
  • Concessive clauses
  • Final clauses
  • Interrogative constructions

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 teaching88Language classes (4 hours per week x 22 weeks)
Guided independent study212 Consolidate 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 computer software where appropriate

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-5, 7Written 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
Portfolio50Variable1-7Written and oral
Oral Exam258-9 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral
Written Exam25Take-home exam1-5, 7Written and oral

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-7Referral/Deferral period
Oral ExamOral Exam1, 3-7Referral/Deferral period
Written ExamWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Suggested Readings:

  • Rosa Montero et al. Students’ Basic Grammar of Spanish (Difusión, 2013). ISBN: 9788484434375

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