Spanish Language Post-Advanced

Module code: SP2010
Module co-ordinator: Dr Marc Ripley

Module Aims

This module will further extend your communicative and receptive skills in Spanish Language and consolidate your understanding of advanced functions from an Advanced level in year 1 to a Post-Advanced level by the end of year 2 in preparation for your year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country (equivalent to B2 of European Languages Framework).

Module Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Understand and use the grammatical structures covered in the course.
  • Write with a good degree of accuracy in Spanish using a variety of registers and for different purposes.
  • Extract information from a variety of sources, including the printed and broadcast media and respond to it.
  • Communicate orally in Spanish (including simulations and short presentations) in a variety of formal and informal situations, including those to be encountered during your year abroad.
  • Work independently to consolidate language skills.


  • 60 hours of practical classes
  • 140 hours of guided independent study

Your study of the language will be placed in a context that relates to aspects of contemporary life, society and culture in Spain and Latin America. There are three contact hours per week (one two-hour and one single hour), in which you will take part in a variety of integrated learning activities set in authentic contexts, including the practice of oral and aural skills, reading comprehension and responsive writing tasks.

You are expected to attend and participate in all three contact hours, having done the necessary preparation set by the tutor, as they form an essential part of the learning process. Your programme of study will also incorporate an autonomous learning element based on films, books, and conversations with a native speaker (tandem).


  • Continuous assessment: reading and writing (30%)
  • Continuous assessment: listening and speaking (20%)
  • Oral exam (20%)
  • Written exam, 2½ hours (30%)

Key Texts

You will need to purchase a copy of: Aula Internacional 4 (Difusión)

You should purchase a suitable dictionary such as The Collins Spanish Dictionary or The Oxford Spanish Dictionary (latest editions)

You are also recommended to purchase the following grammar texts:

  • John Butt and Carmen Benjamin, A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (5th edition, Arnold, 2011)
  • Christopher J Pountain and Teresa de Carlos, Practising Spanish Grammar (2000)