PLS2330 - Spanish Intermediate Two

2020/1 Module description

StaffMs Jordina Sala-Branchadell - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of PLS2230 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

Spanish Intermediate Two is intended for students who have successfully completed PLS2230 Spanish Intermediate One or who have a level broadly of AO / AS (Grade A-B) or an A level (Grade C or below) or equivalent. The module provides a systematic approach to building on essential grammar structures in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in Spanish.

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

Module aims

The module exit level is at high B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference and aims to:

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

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of an extensive range of grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend written and aural texts of a more technical 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 text 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 your learning with some guidance from the tutor
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Give a clear, prepared presentation on a general topic and take an active part in discussions, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

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.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Topics (non-comprehensive):

 

  • Language learning
  • Parts of the house and furniture
  • Accommodation: sharing a flat
  • Routine and working life
  • Food
  • Clothes
  • Experiences
  • Tourism
  • 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
662340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write assignments and further develop a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

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
502525

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50Variable1-7Written and oral
Written Exam25Take-home exam1-5, 7Written and oral
Oral Exam258- 9 min1, 3-7Written 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
Written ExamWritten Exam1-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Oral ExamOral Exam1, 3-7Referral/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

Basic Readings:

  • Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Libro del Alumno + CDs B1 (SM, 2012), ISBN: 9788467548976.
  • Virgilio Borobio Carrera, Ele Actual: Cuaderno de Ejercicios B1 (SM, 2012) ISBN:9788467548983.

Suggested Readings:

  •  A Spanish Learning Grammar, by Mike Thacker and Pilar Muñoz (Routledge, 2012). ISBN: 9781444157338.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

04/08/2020

Key words search

Spanish, Intermediate, two

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