Enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Leiden University or any other Dutch university.
Prerequisite: Spaans 2 or proof of B1 level (CEFR) recommended.
If having B1 level cannot be proven, a placement test in early September (first semester intake) or late January (second semester intake) is recommended before taking this course.
This is the third of four language proficiency courses in Spanish under the Bachelor’s degree programme in Latin American Studies.
It is a communicative language proficiency course in Spanish in which all skills (reading, writing, listening, spoken production and spoken interaction), including grammar and vocabulary, are integrated. Following the levels and can-do-statements of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), seminars are designed according to the task-based approach and the students´ proficiency is aimed at B2 level. During seminars, all topics will be discussed through written and oral texts, video or audio fragments and role-plays. Students work individually, in pairs or small groups. The students´ active attitude towards preparation for and participation during seminars is crucial in order to be able to meet the learning outcomes of the course.
Apart from specific language skills, this course will also help the students to develop their “soft skills”, including: effective communication, creative thinking, work ethic, teamwork, decision making, time management, flexibility, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
By the end of the course, students will have achieved the B2 level in the previously mentioned skills according to the CEFR.
This means that at the end of the course the students will be able to:
● understand short lectures and follow complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.
● understand contemporary and short literary prose or personal letters in which emotions are conveyed, the relevance of events or experiences is highlighted, news are discussed and opinions expressed.
● understand cultural reviews and critical acclaims (films, theatre, books, concerts).
● take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining their views.
● interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party.
● present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest.
● write a report or a review (e.g. on a short film or book review), relaying information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.
● write argumentative texts highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
The timetable is available on the Latin American Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Seminars in which an active participation of the students is expected. A major part of class hours is focused on the activities that cannot be done at home such as oral activities and explanation of new topic (grammar and vocabulary). Students are expected to regularly check Brightspace for homework and other exercises. At home, students should consciously work on the skills that they need to improve depending on their individual need (listening, writing, more grammar and vocabulary exercises, etc.). It is the responsibility of the students to reach the target level by coming to class prepared and doing regular self-study not only for the exams and submission deadlines but throughout the semester.
The assessment method is divided into two: graded and not graded (continuous assessment).
Continuous assessment: participation in class, tasks, presentations, homework
Graded assessment: oral exam, listening comprehension exam, oral presentation in class, written exams (midterm and final) and writing tasks for the portfolio.
The progress that the student makes during the semester will be taken into account through continuous assessment. This means that the lecturer will regularly check whether the student duly carries out the assignments and tasks as proposed in class and Blackboard.
At least 80% of the continuous assessment assignments should be submitted before deadline is a prerequisite to have access to the graded exams at the end of the course. A task is considered submitted if it is complete and instructions have been followed.
● Listening comprehension test
● Oral presentation in class
● The oral exam consists of two parts: question-and-answer/interview type and interaction about particular daily or specific situations with another student or the teacher/s.
● Written exams consist of three parts: 1. Reading Comprehension 2. Grammar and Vocabulary 3. Writing
● The portfolio is a physical file including reading, writing and self-assessment exercises. The graded part is the compilation of written exercises. For this, student must hand in a draft of each written exercise in a timely and regular manner. For participation in the midterm and final (oral and written) exams, handing in the complete portfolio (with all the assignments self-corrected and written tasks modified/rewritten) before deadline is compulsory. Writing tasks submitted late will not be commented upon by the lecturer and the student should ask another person (classmate, friend, etc.) who can correct it so that two versions (original and modified) can be included in the final portfolio file.
60% written + 40% oral
20% midterm exam
20% final exam
20% portfolio (writing exercises)
10% listening comprehension
10% oral presentation in class
20% oral exam
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average. To pass the course, the final weighted grade should be 6 or higher.
The student who does not pass the course (weighted grade lower than 6) is entitled to a resit evaluation. This evaluation will consist of two parts:
● Oral exam (40%): question/answer and dialogue or discussion of a topic seen in class
● Written exam (60%): reading comprehension; grammar and vocabulary; writing.
To pass the course, the weighted resit grade should be 6 or higher.
The date of exam review will be announced in Brightspace.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Gente hoy 3. Libro del alumno. Editorial Difusión. 2015 or later
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Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
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Studiecoördinator: Tim Sanders
Students will only be allowed to take the midterm, final written and oral exams if all of these conditions are satisfied:
80% compulsory attendance. Absence must be reported in advance to the lecturers giving a valid reason. Students who do not meet the 80% attendance requirement will not be allowed to take the exams. Frequent tardiness and both excused and unexcused absences are included in the 20% margin. Exceptions to this should be mutually agreed upon by both the lecturers and the student in writing (e-mail).
A complete portfolio is submitted on time (one submission per block) to have access to the midterm, final written and oral exams. The content and deadline of each submission will be set by the lecturer.
Progress throughout the course. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions during seminars and to duly carry out all assignments during and outside seminar hours. During the semester, students are expected to complete all assignments and to check all the topics and activities regardless of them being discussed or not in class. Students will be excluded from the exams if they fail to participate or prepare sufficiently (see “Continuous Assessment”).
The evaluation system may change if the course is done online.