Level of study First Year
Credit value 10
Semester Across both
Pre-requisite modules 15725 or equivalent
Other pre-requisites Free standing module
Revision of the present, past and future tenses
Adverbs of time
Seguir / continuar + gerund / tovavía + present tenseRevision of the imperative form
Use of the simple past and imperfect tenses
Hace .. / desde hace/desde que
Se + third person verb
Indirect object pronouns
Uses of the present subjunctive: querer que, esperar que / decir que / qué raro que...
The perfect subjunctive form
The conditional tenseComparatives and superlatives
más de / más que
The pluperfect tense
Ser & estar
Por & para
Hay que / hace falta / es necesario / tener que
2 Language Functions
Talking about holidays; describing places
Describing characteristics and past activities
Saying how things used to be
Telling people’s life stories; identifying significant events
Saying what was happening when something else happened
Talking about your work and how long you have been doing it for
Talking about the qualities required for different jobs
Applying for jobs; writing a CV; choosing the ideal candidate
Expressing your expectations and hopes
Talking about your ideal education system
Making invitations; accepting and rejecting; giving reasons and excuses
Saying which films you like and why; comparing films
Talking about different types of accommodation; making reservations
Making requests and asking favours
Relating a sequence of events
Saying what had happened prior to some other event
Expressing cause and consequence
Talking about personal relationships
3. Cultural Content
You will further extend your knowledge of Hispanic cultures with further additional focus upon Spain. Authentic documents taken from the Spanish media with background material in English will be used to support the text book.
Geography: some more important cities in the Hispanic world.
History: important figures in the Spanish speaking world.
Social change: the family.
Work and leisure: employees’ rights, applying for a job. Pastimes and cinema.
Education: primary, secondary and further education.
Environmental issues: the problem of pollution, recycling.
Media: soap operas.
Travel: how to travel about Spain, “paradores”.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
deal with a limited number of unpredictable activities in listening, speaking, reading and writing
show understanding of spoken language in varied contexts
extract and apply information from a range of written sources
elicit and convey orally information in prepared and unprepared situations
obtain and communicate information in writing
display knowledge of cultural contexts and conventions appropriate to language use at this level
Teaching and learning methods
Practical language classes involving both whole-group and small group/pair work activities, with emphasis on communicative settings, use of visual aids and audio/video recording and the Internet. Language laboratories may be used where appropriate