Foreign Languages Centre, Unit Catalogue 2008/09
FL10200 Spanish stage 2 semester 2 (6 credits)
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 2|
|Assessment: CW 40%, EX 60%|
Aims: The course aims to consolidate language already acquired, for example in Stage 2 Semester 1, and encourages students to broaden the range of factual and expressive language functions required to communicate in a variety of situations, to acquire confidence in selecting appropriate language to achieve a range of everyday tasks and to understand the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area and to introduce them to colloquial expressions and informal and formal styles in the written language. The course aims to increase the students' knowledge of socio-cultural aspects of the country/countries where the target language is spoken.
On completion of the course students will be able to
* Sustain a reasonably fluent straightforward description on one of a variety of subjects within his or her field of interest, presenting it as a linear sequence of points
* Describe experiences and events, their dreams, hopes and ambitions
* Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
* Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or a film and describe their reactions
* Understand straightforward factual information about common everyday or job related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details, provided speech is clearly articulated in a generally familiar accent
* Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, leisure and education, including short narratives
* Read straightforward factual texts on subjects related to his/ her field and interests with a good level of comprehension
* Write straightforward connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
* Express, both orally and in writing, factual information on socio-cultural topics.
Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing in the target language - all assessed
Interpersonal skills, communication, team skills - facilitated
IT skills - facilitated
Intercultural skills - facilitated and taught
Autonomous learning -facilitated
Research and organisational skills - facilitated
Cognitive - taught.
The course continues to build on the skill base achieved through the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course continues to reproduce real-life scenarios and introduces topics which present and practise the language of reporting, narrating and expressing opinions, for example on media/ film, personal past events. It follows a graded programme of study. Previous learning is consolidated and additional grammatical structures, specific to the target language, are introduced, which include irregular verbs, the past, imperfect and future tenses, present and past participles, syntax, use of adjectives and adverbs, comparisons and the use of pronouns. In addition to the two hours of class tuition, which concentrate on integrated skills, one hour will be spent encouraging students to research and read on socio-cultural matters in order to write factual texts, and applying grammatical structures encountered.