Spanish – Elementary.
Level B1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Students that do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.
The goal of this course is to consolidate and expand the fundamentals of Spanish language acquired at the level of Spanish Elementary. The course aims to develop language skills in five areas: reading, listening, speaking, writing and cultural competence. Grammatical structures and vocabulary will also be integrated into the learning process in meaningful contexts. Furthermore an important aspect of the course will be the cultural knowledge about Spain and Latin America, with a strong emphasis on intercultural communication.
The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way.
In terms of the CEFR of the Council of Europe, the student will understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered in Spanish. Students are expected to use the target language as a means of communication in the classroom. Each session will aim to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and we will weekly dedicate one of the three sessions to develop the conversational skills.
Assessment: In-class participation
Assessment: Listening comprehension exam
Deadline: Weeks 4 – 13 (TBC)
Assessment: Grammar & vocabulary & reading Comprehension
Deadline: Week 7 / 12 (TBC)
Assessment: Discussions & presentations
Deadline: Throughout the semester
Deadline: Week 8
Destino ERASMUS 2, Estudios Hispánicos Universidad de Barcelona, SGEL, 2008. ISBN 9788497784146 (book + CD)
A bilingual dictionary (Oxford, Collins, or Larousse )
Pilar Muñoz & Mike Thacker, A Spanish Learning Grammar (London: Arnold) [for beginners]
To be announced on Blackboard before the start of the first block
Preparation for first session