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En rumbo: intermediate Spanish (L140)

This website is designed to help you decide whether En rumbo: intermediate Spanish (L140) is best suited to your needs and previous knowledge.

In order to establish whether this module is right for you, you will work with a range of activities from the L140 materials. This allows you to determine whether the level of language proficiency needed at the start of this module is about right or perhaps too high or too low for you. Step 5 below will help you to choose the right pathway for your Language Studies qualification. Please check the current provision for any information about qualifications.

Summary

En rumbo: intermediate Spanish (L140) builds on your existing Spanish and teaches more advanced language in the context of Spanish and Latin American society and culture. It offers insights into many aspects of everyday life in modern Spanish-speaking societies, so you'll also gain a better understanding of issues that concern Spanish-speaking people. The study resources are carefully designed to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing. The samples here present activities from the modu le materials. In addition, the module website provides interactive materials in a rich study environment.

Activities

The samples on this site help you to:

  1. get an overview of the structure, components and content of the module;
  2. get a first impression of the assessment in L140;
  3. get to know the key learning points of its first block (Unidad);
  4. gauge the level of proficiency needed for dealing with language input in the reading and listening activities of block 1;
  5. understand how grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects are taught.

You should be able to complete most exercises without consulting a dictionary too often. When using audio or video material, try to extract enough information to do the activity after listening about three times. In the end you might also want to refer to the transcripts provided to check your answers. Remember that when exercises are based on authentic texts, audio or video, you are only expected to understand what is needed to complete the exercise, not every word. Once you have read the texts and done the activities compare your answers with those given in the Clave at the end.

Please note that the materials presented here may appear in different media on the actual module.

Step 1

These documents provide an overview of the En rumbo: intermediate Spanish (L140) module and its approach to teaching Spanish at intermediate level.

  1. This extract from the L140 Guide informs you about the module content, structure and components.
  2. This sample Study Calendar gives you an impression of how you would need to plan your studies and assessment for L140.
  3. These sample Tutor Marked Assignments (and the accompanying audio file for TMA01) show you what a typical assessment task looks like, what help you get with this and what you would be required to do.

Step 2

These activities help you gauge if the reading texts and writing tasks in the first Unidad of L140 are at the right level for you.

  1. Key learning points weeks 1-2, Unidad 1
  2. Libro 1: Punto 4
  3. Babelia: Sesión 1

Step 3

These listening activities let you gauge the level of difficulty in the listening activities of the first unit of L140. After following the links below, work through these interactive listening activities with audio and video materials. In the activities you can check your answers and also access the audio transcripts. Please note that all these activities consist of more than one part.

  1. Actividad 1.1
  2. Actividad 1.2
  3. Actividad 1.3

Step 4

These extracts show how language structures, language learning strategies and cultural information are taught to enhance your study skills and grammatical as well as cultural knowledge.

  1. Grammar
  2. Strategies
  3. Culture

Step 5

Now think about how easy or challenging you found the activities, the language of the tasks and the authentic texts and audio resources, always remembering that you are not required to understand every single word at this stage.

  • If you were able to understand almost all the materials immediately and answered almost all questions correctly, you may be ok to start studying towards a Language Studies qualification with the module Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204). You can check this by going to the language diagnostic materials for this module and working through the steps as described there. If you were able to understand almost all the materials in L204 immediately, then L204 might be the right choice for you. Please remember that the workload on level 2 language modules (60 credits) is about double that of level 1 language modules and progression through the module from one unit to the next can be steep.
  • If you found the activities challenging and could only understand less than 40 per cent of the material immediately, you should make Portales: beginners' Spanish (L194) the first language module you study in your chosen pathway towards a Language Studies qualification.

Please try to be realistic when you assess your language level. If you choose a module that is too challenging, you may find there is not enough time to do the module and to close the gaps you may have in that language. Also bear in mind that the module will progress in terms of difficulty and volume of work. Choosing the right level will ensure you have time to explore the module materials in full as well as enjoying the experience of studying a language.

Acknowledgements

Photographs, Study Guide
Page 5 top left: Copyright © Felipe Orrego, courtesy of Corporación de Promoción Turística de Chile, from CD Chile en imágenes, also www.visitchile.org; Page 5 bottom left: Copyright © Norberto Seebach, courtesy of Corporación de Promoción Turística de Chile, from CD Chile en imágenes, also www.visitchile. org; Page 5 right: Copyright © Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

Photographs, Book 1
Page 22 top right and bottom: Copyright © Fernando Rosell-Aguilar; Page 22 top left: Copyright © Chris Lamb; Page 23: Copyright © Ruth McCracken

Babelia
Page 10 left: Copyright © Fernando Rosell-Aguilar; Page 10 right: DNI Electrónico, 'Mocked-Up Identity Card', Ministerio del Interior, Madrid; Page 11: NIE Application Form, Ministerio del Interior, Madrid; Page 12: Copyright © Dorothy Boyd; Page 13: Adapted from www.eoialcaniz.com/impresos;

Listening activities
Actividades 1.2 (Paz, Pamela, Damián, Luis, Eneried): Copyright © Fernando Rosell-Aguilar; Actividades 1.2 (Carmen, íñigo): Copyright © Tita Beaven; Actividad 1.2 (Hassan): Copyright © Robert Fried/Alamy; Actividad 1.3 A: Copyright © Fernando Rosell-Aguilar