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Prospectus

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Spanish - Advanced

Course
2019-2020

Tags

GC, LANG

Admissions requirements

Spanish – Intermediate @ LUC and/or Level B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Students who do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.

Description

This course is aimed at upper intermediate students who wish to further develop the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for recreational and academic purposes.

We will use a comprehensive advanced-level method: C de C1. Modern in terms of its content, covers topical issues as well as subjects of general interest, providing multiple examples of Spanish in context throughout. The flexible format of the units in this course facilitates a flipped classroom approach to learning (placing a particular emphasis on independent study).

Each unit in the Student's book presents a multitude of textual styles thanks to the inclusion of varied authentic documents, ranging from literary passages to Facebook posts. It also includes a large number of audio visual documents. The Exercise book for C de C1 includes more than 400 activities, the majority of which are designed to be carried out independently.

Focusing on grammar and vocabulary in equal measure, special attention is given to word placement, frequently used combinations of words and idiomatic expressions. There are also activities that will enable students to investigate and experiment with the use of the Spanish language, and ideas are provided relating to the development of learning strategies. In addition, extra importance will be given to the development of learning strategies, multilingualism, and attention to the syntax and style, values attach to the critical analysis.

Course objectives

In terms of the CEFR of the Council of Europe, at the end of the course the student:

  • can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning (level C1).

  • can communicate spontaneously, often showing remarkable fluency and ease of expression in even longer complex stretches of speech (level B2+).

  • can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes (level C1).

  • can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices (level C1).

  • can recognise a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, appreciating register shifts (level C1).

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Students will play an active role in class sessions. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work, and include the study of texts with comprehension exercises, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises.
Students will be able to follow discussions and debates on current issues as well as communicate in all situations using complex and linguistically more accurate structures. Cultural awareness will be further developed.

Assessment

The final grade will be calculated according to the following grade breakdown:

Assessment: In-class participation
Percentage: 17.5%
Deadline: Ongoing

Assessment: Listening Comprehension Exam
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Week 5 – 13 (to be confirmed)

Assessment: Grammar & Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension
Percentage: 17.5% + 17.5 %
Deadline: Week 7 – 15 (to be confirmed)

Assessment: Discussions & presentations
Percentage: 17.5%
Deadline: Throughout the semester

Assessment: Compositions
Percentage: 15%
Deadline: Week 5 (to be confirmed) and throughout the semester

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

  • R. Acquaroni et al. C de C1, Libro del Alumno, Difusión S.L., Barcelona, 2017, ISBN 978-84-16273-48-5 * R. Acquaroni et al. C de C1, Cuaderno de Ejercicios, Difusión S.L., Barcelona, 2017, ISBN 978-84-16657-02-5

Extra material will be provided weekly by the tutor on Blackboard: authentic written material from various sources such as El País, El Mundo, etc.; authentic audio and audio-visual material (Spanish and Latin American films); articles, pieces of news, and documentaries extracted from Internet.

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

M.J.Perez-Rodriguez@hum.leidenuniv.nl