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Spanish 2 Upper-Intermediate

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2020-2021

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Spanish 1 Intermediate.

Description

This upper intermediate level course will help you to develop fluency in Spanish, understand grammatical structures and increase knowledge of Spanish culture.

Spanish Upper Intermediate has a communicative approach: attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical everyday situations. The focus will be on reading and listening comprehension (‘Reception activities’ CEFR). There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities and discussions. Students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time.

For this purpose, we will use two books: Aula Internacional 4 Nueva Edición and Latitud 0°, a culture and civilisation coursebook for intermediate and advanced level students of Spanish which tackles themes such as the diversity of the Latin American world and its intercultural relations with Spain and the rest of the world. Latitud 0° offers a wide range of varied and interactive activities about the twenty Spanish speaking countries.

Course objectives

This Upper intermediate level course is between levels B1 and B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Spanish 2 Upper Intermediate is the second course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish: the student will be able to interact with native speakers with a sufficient degree of fluency and spontaneity to enable easy and natural communication between interlocutor and to understand the gist of complex texts about both concrete and abstract topics.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B2
Writing B1
Listening B1+
Speaking B1

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Tutorials

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. With online education, it is more important than ever to maintain communication and stay in touch with your study groups. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
In-class participation and homework, quizzes (grammar and vocabulary) 20%
Midterm Exam (listening comprehension & reading comprehension & written production) 30%
Final Exam (listening comprehension & reading comprehension & written production) 30%
Oral Exam (presentations in class and oral productions) 20%

End Grade

  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.

Resit

If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Corpas, Garmendia, Sánchez, Soriano: AULA INTERNACIONAL 4 NUEVA EDICIÓN

    ISBN: 9788415620853

  • Teresa Gutiérrez Chávez y Alfredo Noriega Fernández: LATITUD Oº Manual de español intercultural, SGEL

    ISBN: 978-84-9778-668-3

  • Online material will be published on Brightspace.

Registration

  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Contact

Drs. M.J. Pérez Rodríguez (coordinator)

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.

Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies

Remarks

This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.