Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Spanish courses - Oral Expression


Total number of hours:           15 h
Accreditation:                       Accredited UPF certificate
Language of Instruction:         Spanish

I. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COURSE:  

A Spanish oral fluency course, corresponding to levels B1-B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, aimed at students who wish to improve their communicative competence and widen their lexis and discursive strategies which will allow them to successfully interact in Spanish daily life. The objectives of this course are to develop greater oral fluency and improve expression and accuracy in a wide variety of situations in order to gain ever closer proximity to native-speaker competence. To this effect, a practical and participative methodology will be employed which will allow the students to work with different spoken genres (debates, negotiations, presentations, interactions, interviews etc.) whilst acquiring appropriate norms for effective communication (turn-taking, politeness, register, functional language, linguistic structures, gestures etc.)

II. PRE-REQUISITES: Placement Test.
  

III. METHODOLOGY:  

In both its objectives and methodology, the course is highly communicative in its focus. This means that learning outcomes are set through capacity for language use and that course content is derived directly from the objectives established. The methodology is based on the practical use of Spanish with appropriate reflection to help in the assimilation of the language.

IV. EVALUATION SYSTEM: 

The final grade for the course is distributed in the following way.

 CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT

 Work completed throughout the course (20%)

 Participation, effort and commitment throughout the course (20%)
 Oral presentation (20%)
60 %
 FINAL EXAM
40%


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:
 a) When they obtain a result of less than 5 out of 10 for the final course grade.
 b) When they obtain a result of less than 5 out of 10 on the final exam.
 c) When they do not meet the PEI's attendance policy.

Unsatisfactory Performance
   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.

In order to ensure the maximum benefit is gained, students are required not only to attend classes, but also to participate actively in class and to dedicate a minimum of one hour of study outside of class on a daily basis. During this time, students will undertake tasks set by the professor and revise material covered.

Students must submit work in strict accordance with the deadlines set. Failure to do so will result in the assignment mark being lowered by one point for every day after the hand-in date.
  

VII. COURSE OBJECTIVES: 

By the end of the course the student will be able to: 

  •  Express themselves accurately in a wide variety of formal and informal situations
  •  Develop communicative strategies and widen conversational vocabulary
  •  Effectively manage turn taking
  •  Acquire the capacity to recognize and express subtleties and nuances
  •  Develop the capacity to use intonation to convey meaning
  •  Express themselves with sufficient speed and phonetic accuracy to be able to participate effectively in spoken exchanges with native speakers
  •  Recognize the elements of non-verbal communication used in spoken Spanish


VIII. COURSE CONTENTS: 

As this course focuses on oral fluency, the grammar content is limited to those elements necessary for spoken expression. 

  • FUNCTIONAL - SITUATIONAL CONTENTS: 

      -   Describing and comparing places, people and habits
      -   Telling stories and anecdotes
      -   Expressing opinions
      -   Showing agreement and disagreement
      -   Reacting to an event
      -   Expressing judgment, wishes and feelings
      -   Expressing probability and degrees of certainty
      -   Elaborating on, retelling and summarizing what has been said
      -   Expressing permission
      -   Giving instructions
      -   Expressing plans and intentions 

  • PHONETIC CONTENTS: 

      -   Pronunciation and interpretation of the vowel system, diphthongs and triphthongs
      -   Emphasis on difficult consonant clusters
      -   Intonation


IX. COURSE MATERIAL: 

During the first class, the professor will make students aware of the dossier of materials that will be used during the course.
Students are advised to bring a monolingual or bilingual dictionary to every class.


X. ADDITIONAL COURSE ACTIVITIES: 

Throughout the course, different field trips will be made to help students further develop and apply the knowledge gained in class.