Level of study First Year
Credit value 10
Semester Across both
Pre-requisite modules 15727 or equivalent
Other pre-requisites Free standing module
Revision of the present, past and future tenses
Revision of the imperative form
Uses of the subjunctive form: verbs of influence; value judgement; doubt & possibility; purpose; negative/indefinite antecedent
The imperfect subjunctive form: construction and uses
The pluperfect subjunctive form
Por and para
se + verb
Prepositions + infinitive
Use of adverbs
The passive Markers of cause and consequence
Numerals and percentages
Persuading someone to do something; accepting or refusing
Talking about the right to smoke in public places
Expressing and defending a point of view
Making hypotheses about the future
Saying what you would do if...
Saying what would have happened if...
Talking about cause and consequences of events
Comparing and contrasting the past, the present and the future
Making predictions and saying what you think should happen
Reporting what someone said
Asking for and giving information on Spain and Latin America
Telling someone’s life story
Summarising a text
Writing essays and formal letters
Expressing proportions and percentages
Explaining how things work
Recounting the plot of a film
Expressing and explaining preferences
3. Cultural Content
Students will further develop their knowledge of a wider range of aspects of Spanish culture. Reading, listening and viewing material will be supplied in a wide variety of registers and styles, including press articles, conversations, radio broadcasts and video documentaries relevant to the topics covered.
Latin America: a brief introduction to the economic situation in some Latin American countries. Chile: the Pinochet affair and its repercussions.
Post-Franco Spain: democracy, freedom of speech, the right to strike, Spain and the European Union, the end of compulsory military service.
Spanish monarchy: the future king – Prince Philip.
Social change: population make up, immigration, racism.
Environmental issues: recent developments.
Health: exercise, keeping fit, dealing with stress, changing eating habits - the Mediterranean diet.
Spain today: present day Spain: into the new millennium.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
deal with unpredictable activities in listening, speaking, reading and writing
show understanding of complex spoken language in varied contexts
extract and apply information from a wide range of written sources
discuss detailed information, ideas and opinions
communicate effectively in writing
display knowledge of cultural contexts and conventions appropriate to language use at this level.
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