A buen puerto: advanced Spanish
This module follows on from an OU Level 2 Spanish module. It continues to develop your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of Spain and Latin America and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The study resources include online authentic audio and video, comprising interviews and documentaries, and illustrated printed materials. You will also develop your critical, analytical and intercultural skills. The module is structured around six themes, which give a broad introduction to different aspects of society and culture in Spanish-speaking countries.
What you will study
Most of the materials for this module are delivered online via the module website, and you will spend a considerable amount of time carrying out interactive online activities.
Each of the six module themes is studied over five weeks. There are online activities through the module website – including listening and speaking exercises – two printed module books and videos for each theme. A range of online activities on the website gives you the opportunity to access further authentic material and develop your ICT and communication skills.
The themes in detail are:
- Culturas: Multicultural origin and identity; religion and society; immigration and exile; music and dance as an expression of identity
- Arte: Arts and crafts; the social function of art; music as a means of protest; cinema and society
- Lenguas: Language and politics in Spain; languages in Spanish America; Spanish in the USA; language and change
- Ciencia: Sciences old and new; the scientific method; from inventions to products; science in the Hispanic world
- Mercados: The world of work in the Hispanic context; trading; the global world: prosperity or poverty?; culture, identity and the global village
- Medio ambiente: National parks and their conservation; tourism and the environment; sustainable development.
The module uses a wide range of mixed media that has been selected to increase your knowledge of the themes and develop your confidence in the four language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking). You will also progressively develop your analytical skills leading up to a small scale project at the end of the module. The structure of the material allows you to evaluate your progress regularly and provide strategies to improve your language and general learning skills. The materials are interactive and encourage your participation.
This module is designed to enable you to achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level C1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this module under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
This is an OU Level 3 module for students who have successfully completed an OU Level 2 Spanish module or who have an equivalent knowledge of Spanish.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the modules, please speak to an adviser.
If you have time before the module begins, we suggest that you continue to use your Spanish in any way you can. You could do this by: redoing some of the activities in your OU Level 2 Spanish module; watching and listening to the audio and video materials from your OU Level 2 module; listening to Spanish radio broadcasts; accessing authentic resources online; borrowing Spanish books and films from the local library; or reading a Spanish newspaper. Anything you can do to keep practising your Spanish will be helpful.
Books and a dedicated module website which will be the focal point of your study, with access to a range of electronic tools including real-time conferencing and asynchronous tools such as forums.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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Materials to buy
- Butt, J. & Benjamin, C. A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (6th edn) Routledge £32.99 - ISBN 9781138124011
Note: In addition to the above set book students also need access to a good bilingual dictionary, and also a monolingual dictionary such as either: Diccionario Esencial de la Lengua Española, ISBN 9788467023145, £39.95; or Diccionario Salamanca Español para Extranjeros, ISBN 9788493453749, £39.99.