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En rumbo: intermediate Spanish

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: L140
  • Level: 1

Student reviews

The course layout is different to Portales and instead of audio CDs accompanying the books, there are a DVD and a CD-ROM alongside 3 books.

I enjoyed the course although at times I did find it difficult and found in parts that the language and grammar being taught was well above "intermediate" level. If you're planning to study this course then I would advise to make sure that your level of Spanish is at least intermediate level else you may struggle in parts.

The course books were informative. There's the usual grammar and vocab alongside articles on Spanish culture which I found interesting. I do think that there isn't enough exercises in the books to practice, I felt as if I would complete maybe 1 or 2 examples of a particular grammar point then suddenly move onto the next one which I found confusing at times (alongside difficult to keep up!)

The DVD and CD-ROM are informative and it was nice to watch some clips in Spanish and practice my pronounciation however a lot of people on my course said that the CD-ROM didn't work on their computer.

The TMAs are enjoyable and I really did like completing them. The feedback I got from my tutor was helpful.

Overall I enjoyed the course and would recommend to anyone wishing to further their Spanish. I would advise that you have enough time set aside for this course though, even though it's only 30 credits, it felt like a lot more and I easily spent 20 - 30 hours a week working on this course. Good luck.

Course starting: February 2012

Review posted: December 2012

I did this course as part of the Certificate in Spanish, having completed the more basic Portales course. I couldn't give En Rumbo the time that it deserved, but I enjoyed the materials and in particular the TMAs, which were well put together. I also enjoyed the discipline of preparing for the TMAs and the tutorials.

As is the case with OU languages, it's difficult to get the speaking practice, and I finished the course not really feeling as if I had a very good grasp of the language, especially when I compare it to O and A level days in the 1970s when I picked up French and German fairly quickly with regular and long exchange visits during the school holidays!

Despite this, we covered enough material for me to get a good appreciation of how the language 'works' and this has led me to sign up for a Level 2 Spanish course. So, as an incentive to improve the basics and move on to a higher level, I would certainly recommend it.

Course starting: February 2011

Review posted: February 2012

Faculty response

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the materials and the TMAs. It's true that it is hard to get through the module if you don't give it the time it requires, however, you did well to concentrate on the TMAs and get the most out of that part of the experience.

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2014 presentation of L140. The survey was carried out in 2015.

108 students (a response rate of 26.2%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 91.7 99
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 84.1 90
The module provided good value for money 58.8 60
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 90.7 97
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 89.6 95
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 94.4 102
I would recommend this module to other students 77.8 84
The module met my expectations 79.6 86
I enjoyed studying this module 84.3 91
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 86 92
Faculty comment: "We are very pleased to see such a positive response to the survey, and in particular how well the module meets its learning outcomes. It is very positive to see that so many students enjoyed the module, how well received the materials are, the workload and the good rating of the support provided by tutors. We are aware that in the current financial situation, and with higher fees, value for money is a concern for students. The new version of the module will aim to address such concerns."
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