FLS3430 - Spanish Advanced One

2010/1 Module description

Lecturer(s)Ruth Homer & Ana Leon
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLS2315/2330 or equivalent
Duration of Module22 weeks
Total Student Study Time300 hours of which up to 3 hours a week are class contact hours.

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language
or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and
writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between
B2 - Independent User and C1 - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for
languages, and aims to:

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to:
Module-specific skills:
1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target
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.
Discipline-specific skills:
4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the
5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar
and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.
Personal and key skills:
6. Give clear detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to their
field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and examples.
7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an
awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Learning and teaching methods

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a
communicative context. 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.

Assignments and assessment

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 the exercise book/workbook 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.
Component % ILOs tested
In-Class Test (in class time) 15% 1-5, 8
Consisting of one 2 hour test, administered in Term 1 (University Week 11) in class time.
The test comprises 2 parts:
Part 1: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & Grammar
Reading Comprehension (20 marks) with questions & answers in target language, approx. 300-
450 word text(s). Vocabulary & Grammar questions (30 marks).
Part 2: Writing (50 marks), One guided writing task out of a choice of 2/3, 270-300 words.
Coursework (both in and outside class time) 20% 1-8
Consisting of 4 mini-items over the academic year worth 25 marks each. Some items done in class
time, others outside class to be handed in to tutor. Covering a range of skills, including Listening,
Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Speaking.
Listening Test (in class time) 15% 2,4,5,8
Consisting of a 1-hour test administered in class time in Term 2 (University Week 11)
Listening Comprehension with general comprehension questions plus a summary / note-taking task
in Spanish.
Oral Test 25% 1,3-6, 8
Consisting of an oral test administered in Term 3 Revision Week. Approx. 13-15 minutes.
There are two parts to the test:
Part 1: A student presentation of a topic covered in the module, and additional questions from the
teacher. Students will be advised to prepare 2 topics of their choice in agreement with the teacher
and will be nominated a topic by their teacher 10 minutes prior to their test. Students are allowed
to bring bullet point notes in to the exam room with them, which they must hand in to
examiner/s at the end of the test.
Part 2: A teacher-led conversation with each candidate on a topic different from the one used in
the presentation.
Written Examination (organised centrally) 25% 1-6, 8
Consisting of a 2-hour examination administered in Term 3, organised centrally under exam
As in the In-class Test, the exam consists of two parts, only slightly longer and proportionally
more complex:
Part 1: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & Grammar (50 marks)
Reading Comprehension (20 marks) with questions & answers in target language, c. 300-450
word text/s. Vocabulary & Grammar questions (30 marks).
Part 2: Writing (50 marks), One guided writing task out of a choice of 2/3, approx. 300-350

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
Grammatical terms, Written accents, Articles & nouns , Preterite & imperfect tenses,
Perfect & pluperfect tenses, Uses of the infinitive, Personal pronouns, Por/para & other
The gerund, Passive & Impersonal sentences, Grammar revision , Comparisons, Relative pronouns
Adverbs, Imperatives, Present subjunctive, Imperfect subjunctive, Future & subjunctive
Verbs + prepositions/modal verbs, Negation, Pluperfect subjunctive & conditional perfect
Main Topics
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Indicative basic reading list

Main course book: Study Pack
J Kattan Ibarra, A Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, Arnold
Recommended materials: Dictionary: Collins Spanish Dictionary and Grammar.

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