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A buen puerto: advanced Spanish

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This course follows on from Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204). 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 course is structured around six themes, which give a broad introduction to different aspects of society and culture in Spanish speaking countries.

Modules at Level 3 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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£945.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.
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31 Jan 2015 Oct 2015
£2632.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.
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31 Jan 2015 Oct 2015
£945.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.
Start End Fee Register
31 Jan 2015 Oct 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

See below for information about part time tuition fee loans available for study towards a qualification.

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

Most of the materials for this course are delivered online via the course website, and you will spend a considerable amount of time carrying out interactive online activities.

Each of the six course themes is studied over five weeks. There are online activities through the course website – including listening and speaking exercises – two printed course books and videos on DVD 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
  • Medioambiente: National parks and their conservation; tourism and the environment; sustainable development. 

The course 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 course. 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 course 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.

Entry

This is a Level 3 course for students who have successfully completed Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204) or who have an equivalent knowledge of Spanish. 

If you have not studied a language with The Open University before or you have any doubt about the standard of your Spanish, you are strongly advised to ask your regional or national centre about looking at reference copies of the courses. 

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

If you have time before the course 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 Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204); watching and listening to the L204 audio and video materials; 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. 

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Please note that this course makes substantial use of audio and visual materials. Full transcripts of audio and video materials are provided. The written and spoken elements you will be asked to complete as part of your assessment may use audio and possibly visual stimuli. The printed study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Comb-bound versions of the written study materials can be provided on request. You are advised to discuss your individual requirements with a regional adviser before you register. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

You’ll need to make extensive use of a personal computer throughout the course as most of the study materials are delivered online. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of material, you are advised to talk to the Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs. 

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Books, DVD and a dedicated course 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.

You will need

A headset with a microphone and earphones to take part in online tutorials, complete the speaking activities on the course website, record spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and to take part in the online speaking test at the end of the course. 

To be able to play DVD-video.

Please also check the Computer requirements and Assessment sections.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Materials to buy

Set books

  • Butt, J & Benjamin, C A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (5th edn), Hodder Education £24.99 - ISBN 9781444137699

In addition to the above set book students also need access to a good bilingual dictionary, and a monolingual dictionary such as either Diccionario Esencial de la Lengua Española , ISBN 9788467023145, £37.50, or Diccionario Salamanca de la lengua española, ISBN 9788493453749, £49.50.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written and spoken tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. This course usually includes a mix of face-to-face and online tutorials. Please note that depending on where you live, the mix will vary and in some places face-to-face tuition may be replaced by telephone conferencing. Although you are not obliged to attend any of these, you are strongly encouraged to take part as they will provide you with plenty of opportunities to speak and listen to Spanish. The online tutorials give you practice in using the conferencing tool used for your end-of-module speaking test. How tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the course in your area. Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). The written part of the end-of module assessment (EMA) must also be submitted online. The end-of-module assessment (EMA) includes a speaking test which is also carried out online.

Professional recognition

The Chartered Institute of Marketing now recognises this course under their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in February 2015. We expect it to be available again in October 2015. We then expect it to be available once a year, in October.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

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Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code L314
Credits 60
OU Level 3
SCQF level 10
FHEQ level 6
Course work includes:
5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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