FLS3430 - Spanish Advanced One

2011/2 Module description

Lecturer(s)Fran Alvarez, Ruth Homer and Ana Leon
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLS2315/2330 or equivalent
Duration of ModuleTwo Terms (1 & 2)
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:

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.


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.


In-Class Test (in class time) - 15% Covering ILOs 1-5, 8

Consisting of one 2 hour test, administered in Term 1 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. 400- 550 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) - 30% Covering ILOs 1-8

Consisting of 4 equally-weighted items in Terms 1 & 2. 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.

Oral Test - 25% Covering ILOs 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) - 30% Covering ILOs 1-6, 8

Consisting of a 2-hour examination administered in Term 3, organised centrally under exam conditions. 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. 450-650 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 words.

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 prepositions

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

Los jóvenes y el alcohol, Los vinos de España, El español en el mundo, El español de España y de las Américas, Las lenguas Comunitarias, La Ingeniería Genética, El Consumo y la Navidad,

La Dieta Mediterránea, La Comida Basura, La Universidad, La Universidad y el Trabajo

El Trabajo, La Vida en Pareja, La Ciudad del Futuro, Historia reciente de España

Additional topics for 30 credit students

General conversation, A journey through Spain, Spanish traditions, Food and drink (Assessment), Hispanic gastronomy (Recipes), At the university, Year abroad

Applying for a job (Assessment), It's Christmas!, Living in a technological world, Presentation (Assessment), The environment (the 10 green Commandments) (Assessment), Spanish personalities.

Current affairs, Spanish history (Assessment), A journey through Latin America, Famous people in Latin America, Hispanic films (Assessment), Current affairs

Indicative basic reading list

Main course book:
Materials provided by tutor on ELE


J Kattan Ibarra, A Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, Arnold

Recommended materials:


Collins Spanish Dictionary and Grammar.

Web page


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