What is the course about?
This course aims to enable students to improve their fluency and comprehension through discussions on a wide variety of topics and to expand their vocabulary and knowledge of grammar.
What will we cover?
The course will follow news in the Spanish media. There will be debates, role-play and discussions on topics of special interest to the students (cultural, social and political). Practice of appropriate grammatical structures. There will be an equal share of audio-visual and reading materials.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Acquire knowledge of current affairs in Spanish and Latin-American
- Develop modern vocabulary, idioms and grammar through newspaper articles
- Explore modern literacy texts
- Develop comprehension of oral and aural skills.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should either have studied Spanish for 4/5 years or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. They should also have a good grasp of grammatical structures and be reasonably fluent.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at http://bildutrapagaran.info/self-assess-your-level.
It is also essential that you have knowledge of more complex grammar terminology such as: conditional, indirect and direct pronouns, hypothetical sentences, subjunctive, subordinate clauses and more complex conjunctions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
LS522 Spanish 5: actualidad y debate in January. Please enrol on the next module as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details