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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 October 2014 presentation of L204. The survey was carried out in 2015.

80 students (a response rate of 32.1%) 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.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 83.5 66
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 82.1 64
The module provided good value for money 50 39
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 82.5 66
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 75.6 59
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 85.7 66
I would recommend this module to other students 75.6 59
The module met my expectations 74.7 59
I enjoyed studying this module 83.5 66
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 65.8 52
Faculty comment: "We take very seriously the feedback provided by our students. Whilst we are pleased to see that most students are very satisfied with the quality of the module materials and with the level of support provided, we acknowledge that last year some students felt less satisfied than they should have been with the L204 module. We are aware that the worst rated aspect has been “value for money” and we are pleased to report that we have acted on the comments provided by our students. For instance, one of the main issues reported was in relation to guidance about the exam, and this has been improved for the 2015 cohort. We are also aware that some students have felt that the workload was high. We are working on a new version of the module and will make every effort to address students' concerns in relation to workload issues.  "
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