Spanish year 2 (term 3)

Ref: C2337778

An opportunity to increase your fluency in using time-frames, enabling you to describe and report events confidently; increase your vocabulary through the study of Spanish sayings and also learn how to complain, give compliments and manage problems in hotels and restaurants.

Course aim

To consolidate the language learned in year 1 and the first two terms of year 2, whilst continuing to develop fluency, confidence and knowledge of Spanish culture still further.

Who is the course for?

Students returning to the class have studied three terms (66 hrs) of Spanish at beginners' level and two terms (44hrs) of a second year course. New learners need to have studied a complete beginners' course or have similar prior experience of the language, with some knowledge of how to express past, present and future ideas.

What topics will this course cover

The theme of the course is cultural education and it is hoped to increase fluency and confidence in the language, whilst enhancing knowledge of Spain and Spanish culture. I intend to give an overview of the structure and uses of key time-frames and their uses in giving descriptions, reporting facts/incidents and crimes and narrating events. Work will be done on extending knowledge of current and idiomatic vocabulary; there will also be an emphasis on managing social situations - such as participating in celebrations, giving compliments and complaining and expressing opinions, which require the use of more complex language.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1) Continue to develop spoken and written Spanish to include past, present and future events. 2) Increase vocabulary and understanding of language and culture through the study of Spanish idioms and sayings. 3) Give descriptions and report accidents/events 4) Complain, give compliments and manage various social situations (e.g. in restaurants, hotels)

How will I know I'm making progress?

Inter-sessional work will be set and marked, with group and individualised feedback given. Individual tutorial will be factored into contact time scheduled for every session, so queries and concerns can be discussed. There will be opportunities for peer assessment through paired work, small and whole group activities. Students will be encouraged to explore different resources for language learning and encouraged to develop an approach to language learning that fits with their personal preferences and learning style.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Notepad, pen, ring binder for handouts ,etc, dictionary such as Collins Easy Learning or similar.

Reading and information sources

Talk 2 BBC Spanish resource pack, accompanying Grammar text or Collins Easy Learning Spanish grammar.

What could the course lead to?

Any third year/GCSE Spanish course; there is the possibility of arranging a follow-on course at this venue given sufficient numbers.

Download full course outline

Spanish year 2 (term 3) Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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