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Spanish Level 5+

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Spanish level 5 at UCL CLIE or high A Level grade (or equivalent); an extended stay in a Spanish speaking country in the recent past is recommended and/or a very good knowledge of the language and the ability to conduct a conversation with accuracy and fluency. 

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes

Progression

After 20 hours students may progress to level proficiency

Aims and Objectives

Successful completion of Spanish level 5 at UCL CLIE or high A Level grade (or equivalent); an extended stay in a Spanish speaking country in the recent past is recommended and/or a very good knowledge of the language and the ability to conduct a conversation with accuracy and fluency. 

Functions

  • Describing activitiesm and movements.
  • Giving Instrustions.
  • Expressing feelings and moods
  • Expressing objective, aims and intentionallity.
  • Reported speech.
  • Combining tenses of the past,
  • Petitions and warnings,
  • Storytelling.
  • Making predictions about the future,
  • Talking about the environment (causes and consecuences)
  • Talking about qualities, roles in jobs and describing a company
  • Reproaching / regretting.
  • Talking about not-completed events in the past and their consequences
  • Describing, paraphrasing, debating, defining, analysing and evaluating.
  • Composing written pieces of information for different purposes in formal situations.

Course Content 

Main topics/themes to be covered:

Topics will be chosen by the tutor in order to cover grammar aspects, and they will be related both to Spain and Spanish speaking Latin American countries. The course may include some of the following topics:

  • Current affairs: cultural, politic and social issues.
  • History and traditions; tales and legends
  • Arts (music, literature, cinema, arts, cultural heritage).
  • Environment.
  • Working life: work and studies.
  • Media and new technologies.
  • Sports and leisure activities. 

Grammar

  • Use of Gerundio.
  • Condicional compuesto.
  • Subordinate clauses.
  • Use of Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo.
  • Consolidation of Imperfecto and Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo.
  • Expressions of time: hasta que, tan pronto como, cuando, mientras, en cuanto, antes y después de que, justo en ese momento, estar a punto de, entonces...
  • Connectors of causa y consecuencia: aunque, a pesar de, por mucho que, es decir, esto es, o sea...
  • Combination of pronouns: se lo...
  • Adjective and nouns structure and position.
  • Pronominal verbs: ponerse, quedarse...
  • Reported speech.

Learning Resources

Course Book:

  • Aula Internacional 5 (student’s Book). Publisher Difusión. Chapters: 1-6
  • Online platform campus.difusion.com (materials to be used in class, as homework and for self-study; details will be provided in class). For this online platform, students will need to open their own account and then, for full access, purchase a premium account for a year access.
  • We recommend you to acquire your book (Aula Internacional 5), or the platform, or both through the European Bookshop.
  • In addition, there is a range of language learning materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.

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