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Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: L204
  • Level: 2

Student reviews

The course was more interesting than the German level 2 I took, and covers the whole Spanish world. The summer school was fun, but no grammar support sessions for those of us still working on grammar. It certainly expanded my vocabulary and confidence with written spanish.

Peter Xavier Humphreys

Course starting: February 2014

Review posted: July 2015

This was my first language course with The Open University. My Spanish background came from travelling and lessons in south America and some evening classes so The Open University was a big change. The material is excellent - great videos about interesting subjects with an easy to follow book. I got a lot of support from my tutor who was very professional and never made anyone feel stupid in tutorials for saying completely the wrong thing.

The highlight of the course was the summer school in Spain which really consolidated all our learning and which was a really positive experience.

My only issue with this course would be the constant difficulties with eluminate which made every tutorial a trial as at least one student would be struggling with the program. The open university really need to find a different, more user-friendly program to run tutorials with.

In summary I would recommend this course to Spanish learners. As with all courses it is important to keep up with the work but at this stage it begins to become a pleasure as the subjects are varied and interesting. They included literature, architecture, ecology and you are supported by your tutor and other members of your group to seek out other learning opportunities for example reading Wikipedia online, listening to radio and getting access to material that just isn't always translated into English.

Course starting: February 2012

Review posted: August 2013

This is a well taught course, the materials were very useful. Although a bit nervous of the residential school, it was very beneficial, and well worth going to. Try to make use of Elluminate as much as possible to practice the language.

Course starting: February 2011

Review posted: January 2012

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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 February 2013 presentation of L204. The survey was carried out in 2014. 47% of our students responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module. See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 93.7 %
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 88 %
The module provided good value for money 81.5 %
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 83.2 %
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 90.7 %
The module met its stated learning outcomes 94.4 %
I would recommend this module to other students 90.1 %
The module met my expectations 86.6 %
I enjoyed studying this module 87.3 %
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 72.5 %
Faculty comment: "The module team is very pleased to see that our students continue to enjoy the module, and that the vast majority of students have found the experience of studying this module very satisfying and would recommend the module. Our students have particularly praised the quality of the module and teaching materials, and the support received from their tutors. "
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