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Spanish 3 (Level 4)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Mari-Paz Balibrea Enriquez
  • Assessment: continuous assessment (20%), a listening in-class assessment (20%), written in-class assessment (35%), oral in-class assessment (20%) and class participation (5%)

Module description

This 24-week course, leading to CEFR* B2 (Upper Intermediate)/A-level+, will develop your language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in Spanish to an advanced intermediate level of ability. It will also help you gain further insight into aspects of the culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world.

You will consolidate your knowledge of tenses in the indicative and the subjunctive, and learn to use more complex sentences and structures, as well as idioms and expressions. You will be working with longer texts from a range of media, including news and current affairs programmes as well as films.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
  • understand most TV news and current affairs programmes
  • understand the majority of films in standard dialect
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints
  • understand contemporary literary prose
  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible
  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your views
  • present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest
  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
  • write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to your interests
  • write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of, or against, a particular point of view
  • write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.