Spanish Advanced Two

Module titleSpanish Advanced Two
Module codeFLS3515
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Fran Alvarez Lopez (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

5

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Spanish Advanced 2 develops communicative language skills (linguistics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics) and communication strategies at the B2+ / low C1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR), where you tackle a series of material on the same theme and/or question with a critical perspective.

To do so, it is based on solid advanced communicative activities such as reception, production and interaction and advocates an action-orientated approach of language teaching and learning.

This module develops all four core language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as solid advanced grammatical and lexical structures.

The module is taught in Spanish.

Spanish Advance Two can be taken towards achieving ‘with advanced proficiency in Spanish”. See: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

Module aims - intentions of the module

Spanish Advanced 2 is intended for those who have successfully completed FLS3415-30 Spanish Advanced 1 or who have an A level (Grade A*-B) plus one year of further study on an Advanced course or equivalent.

On the completion of this module, you will be at the level of B2+ low C1 (as Exit level) - Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and will be able to:

  • Review and consolidate solid advanced structures of the target language, developing both idiomatic vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
  • Further develop and embed active and passive advanced language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the advanced skills necessary for effective and fluid oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level to engage with a series of material on the same theme and/or question with a critical perspective
  • Explain the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation
  • Build on knowledge of advanced sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the language in spoken and continue to develop transferable and intercultural skills necessary for studying, living and/or working in a Spanish-speaking country

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a wide range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written texts in most registers, 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 or in writing, on complex and abstract topics, use language flexibly and spontaneously for social and professional purposes and produce coherent, cohesive and near-accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher
  • 5. Combine specialised learning aids in a variety of media to class notes and material, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Work pro-actively with others as part of a team, react and adapt to some unexpected situations as appropriate and solve problem effectively
  • 7. Apply self-study skills and demonstrate sensitivity to the foreign culture
  • 8. Defend one’s view point in a debate and question, evaluate or criticise other viewpoints in interaction

Syllabus plan

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:

Main grammar: At this level, you are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical structures. However, there may be remedial revision/consolidation of the following grammar during the module:

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair/group work and include the study of longer and complex texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.

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 and advanced language learner.

For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning advanced vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Spanish. You will also be expected to complete the exercise on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, write longer assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of advanced and effective language learning strategies.

You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and formative assessment tasks. You will also receive formal feedback on summative assessments such as in-class test, including suggestions on how to improve and identify your own strategies for improvement.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
441060

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching44Language classes
Guided independent study106Preparation and self study

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
3 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing and readingVariable1-8Written and oral feedback
1 in-class formative task in week 121 hour 30 minutes1-7Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
06040

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral test4014-15 minutes1, 3-7Written and oral feedback
Written examination602 hours1-7Written and oral feedback

Re-assessment

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examinationWritten examination1-7Referral/Deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1, 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%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Ana Hermoso and Alicia López, Nuevo Prisma B2. Libro del alumno + CD (Edinumen, 2016). ISBN: 9788498486414.
  • Ana Hermoso and Alicia López, Nuevo Prisma B2. Libro de ejercicios + CD (Edinumen, 2016). ISBN: 9788498486438.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Spanish, advanced

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

Completion of FLS3415/3430: Spanish Advanced One or equivalent

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

01/02/2019