This non-accredited higher intermediate course will enable you to participate in everyday conversations using clear simple language, support discussion with descriptions or appropriate examples and understand the essential points in other people's conversations.
What can students expect?
Topics covered will enable you to participate in a wide variety of activities based on authentic materials. By the end of the course, you will have increased your vocabulary and be able to exchange ideas and opinions about a variety of everyday subjects, follow the main points in an exchange and develop a clear coherent argument, linking ideas logically and able to deal with unscripted questions and emergencies. You will be able to use more accurate grammatical structures including past, present and future tenses, express what they would, could or should do; and be able to talk for a few minutes on a subject of your choice, providing facts, ideas and/or opinions and supporting arguments.
Late starters allowed?
Yes, subject to tutor's agreement. Please contact the Curriculum Development Manager for Languages, if you wish to join a course that is already running.
Literacy, Language and Numeracy skills required
Language and literacy skills at least equivalent to those taught in the target language. Existing basic vocabulary and grammar may be reinforced as part of language learning in Target language. Numeracy at least equivalent to those taught in the target language, which may include bigger numbers and calculations, historical dates, statistics and percentages.
Successful completion of an Intermediate course or Intermediate Consolidation course at BAEC, or have equivalent study to Higher GCSE level, grade A to C. Please also see 'previous experience required' below. This is not a beginners' level course.
This is a non-accredited course. You will be assessed informally by your tutor during classroom activities. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress.
You will complete Initial Assessment activities in the Target Language during the first session of the course, following which you will have an opportunity to discuss areas of strength and weaknesses with your tutor and agree personal targets for development.
Language of Instruction
Language of Assessment
Previous experience required?
This course is suitable for those who can talk about their interests and past, present and future events using mainly correctly structures sentences and respond to clearly worded questions and comments. You should have sufficient vocabulary to deal with most practical situations and communicate confidently using everyday language to express opinions and feelings, exchange information and give short presentations. Please contact the Curriculum Development Manager for languages if you require further information.
What is the progression route?
To a Spanish Advanced course, the tutor will advise
Are there any extra costs?
There may be a small additional charge for materials.This will be discussed with the tutor at the first session and will not exceed £5. You may also be required to purchase a class book and/or a dictionary.
Are there any set books?
Textbooks form part of the learning activities and homework activities, supported by supplementary materials including those available via the College's Intranet. Tutor will confirm the textbook for the course at the first session. We do not advise you to make any purchase prior to the course, but all students will be required to acquire the book recommended by the tutor by the fourth week.
Work set between sessions?
Yes, you will need to make time for homework in order to progress on this course (equivalent to roughly one to two hours per week). Home study forms an integral part of learning activities and progress will be significantly slowed down if you cannot commit to regular course work. Regular attendance is also necessary for continuing improvement of skills.
Pen and paper, a willingness to speak Spanish
Practical, communicative activities, with the emphasis on developing all language skills including questions and answer, pair and small group practice, whole class work, with recordings and visuals, notices and short passages.