Spanish Higher Advanced 1 (MLT312)

Based on 33 hours of small group interactive seminars almost exclusively delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study.

Overview

  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT263, A level + 1 year or stay abroad, CEF B2
  • Co-requisite: N/A.
  • Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
  • Teaching period: Autumn semester (See timetables and course dates)
  • Contact times: 3 hours per week over 11 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
  • Group size: Maximum of 20.
  • Language Co-ordinator: Dr Minerva Sirera-Trull
  • Module Leader: Dr Minerva Sirera-Trull
  • Pathway: MLT313

Assuming a one-year post-A-level study of the language or equivalent, this module aims to provide a full linguistic and cultural preparation for learners wishing to undertake an extended professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and to expand the range of linguistic and cultural skills required to operate effectively in most situations encountered when engaging with native speakers.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • perform at Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • understand the majority of TV news, current affairs programmes, and films, and extended speech and lectures with a complex line of argument even when the topic is not familiar
  • understand fairly complex articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writer adopts particular attitudes or viewpoints, as well as contemporary literary prose
  • give a structured spoken presentation on a controversial subject related to their field of interest, expressing their views and opinions, and interacting in a persuasive manner with others
  • write about academic, professional or personal subjects in a letter, essay or report, expressing their points of view at some length within a simple logical structure and in a homogeneous style
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural and social trends and associated behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to engage efficiently with native speakers in most communicative situations, including academic or professional ones
  • demonstrate a strategic ability to study the language by themselves for specific purposes, assessing their long-term language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and using specialist tools as well as experimenting with a range of resources and techniques to achieve these goals with maximum efficiency
  • demonstrate advanced competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, researching, presenting and analysing information, defending an argument and negotiating, intercultural and language awareness, autonomous learning, social media communication, etc.

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Information last updated: 18 October 2021