Spanish Stage 3 Continuation
(to reach CEFR B1 level of competency and work towards CEFR B2)
Students can already follow the gist of non-specialist texts and broadcasts and can talk for a few minutes at a time about current affairs and cultural matters. Students will improve fluency, accuracy and idiomatic command of the language and increase cultural awareness.
Who is this course for
This course is for students who have completed nearly three years' study of Spanish recently or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. To join courses at stage 3 continuation, it is expected that you have recently been working towards reaching B1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). If you are not sure, please take the self-assessment.
Students still in doubt about their level should consult the tutor
What does this course cover
The course aims to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In class, the emphasis is on developing speaking confidence. We will maintain a flexible approach towards the topics of study and discussion to take into account the students' interests, which will include: current affairs, topical issues, and aspects of Spanish and Hispanic-American culture. We will review and extend knowledge and use of grammar.
You will be working towards reaching CEFR B1 level of competency, incorporating these objectives:
- Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday language. Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
- Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
- Connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions. Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions.
- Write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.
What will it be like
There will be group work, pair work, whole group spontaneous conversations and discussions, role play, video, audio and use of internet.
Your tutor will assess your learning throughout the course and you will receive regular feedback. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate your own progress and discuss it with your tutor at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
You will need a note book, paper and a ring binder and colured markers to highlight texts. Course materials will be provided by the tutor.
To make rapid progress you should work between meetings. You will be given regular homework to revise your learning and to prepare for the next lesson. Your independent written work carried out outside class will be corrected by the tutor and returned to you promptly.
What this course could lead to
Spanish Stage 3 Continuation courses in the spring and summer terms at Mary Ward centre where we will maintain a flexible approach towards the topics of study and discussion to take into account the students' interests, which may include: current affairs, topical issues and aspects of Spanish and Hispanic-American culture,
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Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
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