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Spanish 3 (LL222) - Updated 2017/18

Summary

Level:

Entry requirements: 3-5 years of prior study in Spanish, or successful completion of Spanish 2/Spanish beginners accelerated.

Students with a good grade (minimum A) in GCSE can enter this level if they are motivated and/or wish to progress to B1+/B2 in CEFR over two years (by studying Spanish 3 with Spanish 4 in the following year or by studying Spanish intermediate accelerated), in order to study or work in a Hispanic country.

Main Objectives:

These modules are designed to help to prepare students to participate more actively in work, study and social contexts in Spanish-speaking countries and to begin to read texts of various registers.

Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Languages@Warwick (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Tutors:

Susi Howe / Peter O'Sullivan

Course Texts

Course books:

  • Nuevo Prisma A2 - Libro del alumno + CD, Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-370-3 -- New edition.
  • Nuevo Prisma A2 - Libro de ejercicios + CD Edinumen, ISBN: 978-84-9848-372-7 -- New edition.

These books can be purchased from the University Bookshop, telephone: (024) 7652 3388.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • apply strategies for understanding gist, specific information, and opinions
  • deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling
  • understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered
  • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
  • enter unprepared into conversation, and describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
  • produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform many tasks at Level B1 Independent user (threshold) of the Common European Framework.

Syllabus

The syllabus will include the following:

Communicative skills

Term 1 will cover items such as: describing actions in the past; talking about personal anecdotes; making promises; justifying actions.

Term 2 will cover items such as: giving advice; making suggestions; asking for permission; expressing commands; expressing wishes.

Grammar


Term 1 will cover items such as: the imperfect, the present perfect, the preterit, the future and consolidation and revision of adjectives and pronouns.

Term 2 will cover items such as: the conditional, affirmative and negative commands, direct and indirect object pronouns and the subjunctive.

Course Description

The primary aim of these modules is to enable students to communicate effectively at a reasonable level in everyday, predictable situations likely to be met in work or study situations in a Spanish-speaking country.

Equally important aims are to help students acquire confidence in using Spanish, with due regard to accuracy of grammar and syntax and to familiarise them with essential reading techniques that will support further independent study of the written language.

Successful completion of Spanish 3 qualifies students to progress to Spanish 4.