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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FLTU1843 Advanced Spanish

20 creditsClass Size: 17

Module manager: Ricardo Michue-Bendezu

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

FLTU1833, CEFR B1/B2 , A2 grades A to C or equivalent

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is for students who already have a good grade at A2/CEFR B1/B2 or equivalent and wish to take their Spanish to the next level. The emphasis is on achieving an advanced level of communication and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing in both formal and informal registers. The module includes a portfolio of independent work and a mini-research project which provides the opportunity to research an area related to a Spanish-speaking country and/or the student's area of study through the medium of Spanish. Communication skills which will be developed include discussion, interview techniques and presentation skills, reporting skills and writing a report.


The aim of this module is to consolidate knowledge of the Spanish language at advanced/A2/CEFR B1/B2 level and develop skills and competence up to A2 + 1/CEFR B2/C1. On completion of the module, students should be able to exchange on familiar and unfamiliar topics both orally and in writing, understand longer concrete and abstract reading and listening material. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of the culture and current issues of the countries where the language is spoken.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Communicate in the target language in a range of social and professional contexts with a high degree of fluency and spontaneity
- Understand and use appropriately and accurately advanced grammar including the use of all past and future tenses, indirect discourse, the passive, organisational patterns such as relative clauses, prepositions and attributive adjective endings.
- Demonstrate proficiency in listening through accurately extracting key information from audio sources
- Demonstrate proficiency in reading through accurately extracting key information from written sources
- Produce well-structured detailed text on complex subjects in the target language with an appropriate degree of accuracy and cohesion
- Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Spanish and English


The module covers topics such as:
- Review of language/grammar covered at upper intermediate level
- Giving and asking for opinions, analysis of different interpretations
- Evaluate opinions and research outcomes and draw conclusions
- Comparing and contrasting, expressing agreement or (degrees of) disagreement
- Considering cause and effect, making a prognosis and hypothesising
- Current affairs covering topical issues of national and international relevance
- Spain and Spanish speaking countries place in the world, evaluating statistical data and trends
- Spanish speaking countries and the environment
- The media
- Higher education in Spain and Latin-America
- Intergenerational changes and attitudes; demographics and related concerns
- Technological developments: change and development, impacts of lifestyles, habits, work and education

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class212.0042.00
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Guided independent study
- Preparation of coursework
- Preparation for final assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 in-course assessments;
Homework tasks.
Portfolio, Semester 2 project

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectSpeaking Task - Presentation35.00
Written WorkIn Class35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

The resit will be in the form of a writing task.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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