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Spanish (Level 1A)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 1

Level: Beginners
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 1 course are not expected to have any previous knowledge of the language. The aim of level 1 is to introduce students to the language, the culture and basic grammatical concepts and to equip them with the skills to communicate at an essential level in a target language context.

Potential Topics: Welcome to the course, introduction alphabet, numbers 1-10, basic greetings; Giving personal information (name, age, where you live); Talking about our family, descriptions; Places in town and directions; At the restaurant; Shopping; Transport; Countries.

Learning Outcomes: Students will have developed a beginner’s vocabulary in the topic areas outlined above so that they can communicate at a basic level in the language. Students will understand basic words and phrases. Students will be able to formulate simple sentences.

Spanish (Level 2A)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 2

Level: Post Beginners
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required 

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 2 course should either have completed level 1, or have only a basic previous knowledge of the language. The aim of level 2 is to develop basic language skills, the culture and basic grammatical concepts and to equip them with the skills to communicate at a post-beginners level in a target language context.

Potential Topics: Practical Spelling – Numbers (up to 100) Phonetics/letter patterns; Describing the home/ accommodation; Booking a hotel; Directions 2 – prepositions etc; Describing family members; Shopping 2 – (currency, change, preference); Transport; Weather

Learning Outcomes: Students will have developed a post-beginner’s vocabulary in the topic areas outlined above, enabling them to hold a simple conversation in the language. Students will understand frequently used words and phrases. Students will be able to formulate sentences.

Spanish (Level 3A)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 3

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required 

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 3 course should either have completed level 2, or be familiar with frequently used vocabulary and have a strong beginner’s knowledge of the language. The aim of level 3 is to further develop basic language skills; cultural awareness and grammatical ability, and further develop communication skills in the target language context.

Potential Topics: Numbers – Dates – Ordinals – Phone numbers; Letter writing; Talking about our family, descriptions; Education and Occupation; Numbers 2 – Making practical use of numbers, arithmetic; Daily Routine; At the Station (Train/Bus/Airport); Time.

Learning Outcomes: Students will have developed a post-beginner’s vocabulary in the topic areas outlined above which should give them the confidence to hold a conversation in the language. Students will understand frequently used words and phrases. Students will be able to formulate sentences.

 

Spanish (Level 4)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 4

Level: Post Intermediate
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required 

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 4 course should either have completed level 3, or be familiar with frequently used vocabulary and have a strong beginner’s knowledge of the language. The aim of level 4 is to build upon a solid beginner’s knowledge of the language and improve their ability to express themselves, constructing more complex sentences making use of new grammatical points such as the past tense. Students will also enhance their cultural awareness through class discussion.

Potential Topics: Opinions, Likes, dislikes and preferences, Hobbies, Daily Routine. Describing the past; holidays, trips and weekends and childhood. Cultural difference. Making arrangements and reservations, Hiring and Purchasing.

Suggested Grammar Coverage: Students should be provided with an expanding grammatical base which allow them to construct independent sentences and phrases. Past tense and simple future will be covered.

Learning Outcomes: Students will aim to improve their spoken expression and vocabulary in the main topic areas sharing and defending opinions as well as voicing disagreement. Students will improve their descriptive competence, learning to give more detailed accounts of past events. Students will be able to use appropriate vocabulary to observe and discuss cultural difference.

 

Spanish (Level 5)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 5

Level: Post GCSE
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required 

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 5 course should either have completed a GCSE examination in the subject, or have an equivalent knowledge of the Language. The aim of level 5 is to develop strong language skills, cultural awareness and grammatical ability, giving the student confidence in their ability and the basic competences needed to communicate in a working environment.

Potential Topics: Media: Cinema/ literature/social media; The future tense and Future plans; Travel Plans; Opinions and viewpoints; Letter/email writing; Current affairs; ‘In the workplace’ – Career/Employment

Suggested Grammar Coverage: Whilst this course is not designed to be grammar intensive, students ought to have a grasp of the following:  

Nouns: gender, singular and plural forms - Articles: definite and indefinite (including lo plus adjective) - Adjectives: agreement and position; interrogative (cuánto, qué); indefinite (alguno, cualquiera, otro); comparative and superlative - Verbs: regular and irregular forms of verbs, including reflexive verbs; modes of address (tú, usted); radical-changing verbs; negative forms; uses of ser and estar - Tenses: present; preterite; imperfect; future; conditional; imperative; gerund; past participle - Adverbs: comparative and superlative - Pronouns: relative (que, quien, el que, el cual); subject; object: direct and indirect; position and order; interrogative (cuál, qué, quién); indefinite (algo, alguien) - Conjunctions: common, including y, pero, o, porque, como, cuando.

Learning Outcomes: Students will have developed a broad vocabulary in the topic areas outlined above and a comprehensive knowledge of the main grammatical themes. Students will understand frequently used words and phrases associated with everyday living, as well as working environments. Students will be able to hold discussions and discuss opinions.

Spanish (Level 6)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 6

Level: Advanced
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required 

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 6 course should either have at least completed a GCSE examination in the subject, level 5 here at Queen’s, or have an equivalent knowledge of the Language. The aim of level 6 is to develop strong language skills, cultural awareness and grammatical ability, giving the student confidence in their ability and the basic competences needed to communicate in a working environment.

Potential Topics: Healthy Living; Popular Culture – Music; Family Relationships (Advanced: including national trends); In the Workplace – Register and Formal Tone (Spoken and written); Popular Culture – Fashion and trends; Comparative Lifestyles (Spain vs. UK); New Technologies and Media – Mobile Phones/ Social Media/ The Internet - Discussion

Suggested Grammar Coverage: Whilst this course is not designed to be grammar intensive, students ought to have a grasp of the following:

Adjectives: apocopation (buen, mal, etc); demonstrative (este, ese, aquel); possessive (short and long forms) (mi, mío); relative (cuyo); exclamatory (qué) - Adverbs: interrogative (cómo, cuándo, dónde); Quantifiers/intensifiers (muy, bastante, poco, mucho) - Pronouns: reflexive; disjunctive/emphatic; demonstrative (éste, ése, aquél, esto, eso, aquello); possessive (el mío, la mía); interrogative (cuál, qué, quién) - Verbs: impersonal verbs; verbs followed by an infinitive (with or without a preposition); perfect infinitive; interrogative forms; reflexive constructions (se vende, se nos dice que) - Tenses: perfect; future perfect (R); conditional perfect (R); pluperfect; passive voice: present and preterite tenses, other tenses (R); continuous tenses - Prepositions: uses of por and para; Number, quantity and time; constructions with hace and desde hace

Learning Outcomes: Students will have developed a broad vocabulary in the topic areas outlined above and a comprehensive knowledge of all of the main grammatical themes. Students will understand frequently used words and phrases associated with everyday living, as well as working environments. Students will be able to hold discussions and discuss opinions.

Spanish (Level 7)‌‌‌

Spanish Language Flag Spanish - Level 7

Level: Post A-Level
Duration: 10 weeks
Course Textbook:

Not Required 

 

Learning Objectives: Students taking the level 7 course should either have completed an A-level examination in the subject, completed level 6 here at Queen’s, or have an equivalent knowledge of the Language. The aim of level 7 is to develop strong language skills, cultural awareness and grammatical ability, giving the student confidence in their ability to express themselves and to communicate in a working environment.

Potential Topics: Environment – Renewable Energies, Polution, Global Warming; ‘An inter-cultural society’ – Cultural difference (Spain vs. UK) as well as Immigration, emigration, xenophobia; The Economy and Unemployment – And its impact on differing generations; The Subjunctive tense; The impact of Modern Technology on business and lifestyles – The Internet, social media, mobile phones

New aAspects of Grammar to be Introduced: Verbs subjunctive mood: present, perfect, imperfect, pluperfect; uses of subjunctive: polite commands, negative commands; after verbs of wishing, command, request, emotion; to express purpose (para que); to express possibility/impossibility; after conjunctions of time (cuando lleguemos); in conditional sentences after si; all other common uses (R); uses of por and para

Learning Outcomes: Students will have developed a broad vocabulary in the topic areas outlined above and a comprehensive knowledge of all of the main grammatical themes. Students will have developed a strong understanding associated with the media, current affairs, everyday living, as well as working environments and an informed knowledge of tone and agenda in written texts. Students will be able to hold thoughtful discussions and discuss opinions.