This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Spanish 1 Pre-Intermediate.
This is a language course for intermediate students, that it has a communicative approach. Attention will be paid to the use of the language in academic and professional contexts.
The focus will be on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. For this purpose, we will use a comprehensive advanced-level method: Vitamina C1. Covering level B2-C1 of the CEFR, this action-based manual places a particular emphasis on linguistic competence and communication.
Packed with up-to-date articles throughout, Vitamina C1 studies a range of relevant topics from a fresh and interesting point of view. The texts and audio excerpts are authentic, and integrate the wide variety of accents and cultures encompassing the Spanish-speaking world.
This course enables the student to achieve a good level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This course 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 use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending classes (6 hours per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours
Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities: 202 hours
Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours
Assessment & Weighing
|Participation & Quizzes (grammar and vocabulary)
|Midterm Exam (listening comprehension & reading comprehension & written production)
|Final Exam (listening comprehension & reading comprehension & written production)
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.
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.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
Sarralde, Berta y otros, Vitamina C1 – Libro del alumno, SGEL, 2016 ISBN/EAN:9788497789042
Online material to be published on Blackboard
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.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.