Spanish: Level Three (Fast Track)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Roser Martinez-Sanchez TW3 6.01


This is an intermediate course and students should have previously learnt … see the description of “Communicative content” and “Structural Content” of Level 3 Standard (LN782). Admission into the course upon completion of level test and tutor’s approval during the needs analysis session. Student profile: Students deal successfully with basic activities relating to work, study or time spent in Spanish speaking countries and are able to briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans relating to study or professional areas of interest.

Course content

Course aims:

  • To develop the ability to use Spanish effectively for purposes of practical communication and reading comprehension and reading comprehension in a variety of contexts.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Spanish.
  • To bring the students to level B1/B2 of CEFR.

Communicative content:

  • Expressing wishes, feelings, plans for the future and doubts.
  • Forbidding and suggesting.
  • Giving opinions and judgements.
  • Expressing hypothesis and certainty.
  • Describing people, places.
  • Talking about past experiences and events.
  • Talking about current issues: green issues, gender issues, immigration, family changes, scientific developments, cinema, human rights issues, etc.
  • Paraphrasing

Structural content: Contrast between Ser and Estar. Relative clauses. Contrast between pretérito indefinido and pretérito perfecto. Pretérito pluscuamperfecto. Contrast of past tenses. Present of Subjunctive. Consecutive, final and causal clauses. Impersonal clauses. “Se” in impersonal clauses. Links between clauses Imperative negative and positive. Future and Conditional Tenses. Time expressions. “Por” and “Para”. Pretérito imperfecto de Subjunctive. Conditional clauses. Reported speech.


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Study Pack. The course teacher will advise on the relevant grammar book at the beginning of the course.


Continuous assessment (50%) and oral examination (30%) in the MT and LT.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 25

Average class size 2015/16: 12

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