I. COURSE CHARACTERISTICS:
An advanced level course, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which aims, from a communicative perspective, to develop in an integrated and significant way, the fundamental linguistic skills (listening and reading comprehension, written and oral expression). The course has a strong focus on lexical and grammatical content whilst always seeking to respond effectively to the communicative and academic needs of the students.
II. PRE-REQUISITES: Placement Test or valid certification of Spanish level.
The program is communicative in nature, both in its learning outcomes and the teaching methodology employed. As a result, all of the course's learning objectives are set in terms of the student's ability to use the language. The course content is directly linked to the learning objectives; and the teaching methodology is based on communicative activities accompanied by the necessary reflection on the language to facilitate its assimilation and a good command of its structures.
IV. EVALUATION SYSTEM:
The final grade for the course is distributed in the following way.
|CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT||Participation, effort and commitment throughout the course (10%)
2 written compositions (20%)
1 oral presentation (10%)
1 mid-term exam (20%)
ž PARTICIPATION, EFFORT AND COMMITMENT THROUGHOUT THE COURSE (10%)
Active participation in class constitutes an essential part of the final mark. It is expected from the student that he arrives at the classroom ready, with the tasks done, and that he participates actively in the class session. Lack of interest or a negative attitude will negatively affect the final mark.
Also, to take full advantage of the course, it is also expected that students at least one hour of daily preparation out of the classroom. During this time it is considered doing the homework given by the teacher, the review and reinforcement of the contents seen in class, and the necessary study work to prepare for the exams.
ž WRITTEN COMPOSITIONS (20%)
The teacher will have two marks of each student that will correspond to these two compositions done at home as homework. These must be handed in typed (double space and Times New Roman 12), and two versions of each of them will be done, according to the syllabus. The second version will incorporate the correction of mistakes and suggestions pointed out by the teacher in the first version.
ž ORAL PRESENTATION (10%)
The teacher will have a mark of each student which corresponds to an oral presentation. This will be individual or in teams. The student will have to prepare it in advance, and it is going to be presented in class. The guidelines to perform this task will be offered beforehand during the course.
ž MID-TERM EXAM (20%)
There will be a mid-term exam, within the class schedule, with the purpose of checking the acquired knowledge of the student up to that moment.
ž FINAL EXAM (40%)
The last day of class, a final exam will be held, in which the knowledge acquired by the students throughout the course will be tested. This exam consists of each of the basic language skills: oral expression, written expression, oral comprehension and written comprehension.
V. GRADING AND CLASSIFICATION SCHEME:
In assessed pieces of work, progress tests and the final exam, the following grading and classification scheme will be used:
|Final Course Grade: (60% continuous assessment + 40% final exam)|
|Quantitative Grade||Qualitative Grade|
The student will fail in any of the following cases:
|5,0 - 6,9||Adequate Performance|
|7,0 - 8,9||Good Performance|
|9,0 - 10||Excellent Performance|
VI. ATTENDANCE POLICY AND WORKLOAD:
As language study is a cumulative process which requires continual practice to assimilate knowledge and skills, attendance is obligatory. In order to receive a final grade, students must attend a minimum of 80% of classes. In exceptional cases, and for justified reasons authorized by the appropriate committee, students will be allowed to be absent for more than 20%, providing that absence is not greater than 40% of the course.
VII. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
By the end of the course the student will:
By the end of the course the student will:
VIII. COURSE CONTENTS:
Sufficient vocabulary (words and expressions) to deal with the following topics with the required level of accuracy, abstraction and adaptation to context.
IX. COURSE MATERIAL:
During the first class, the professor will indicate the dossier of material that will be used in the course.