Online ExpertTrack in Language

Intermediate Spanish: People and Places

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Take your Spanish language skills to the next level as you journey through the Worlds of Spanish, with The Open University

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Delve into the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Spanish language

Spanish is a global language that has a major influence on contemporary culture, including literature, music, cinema, and gastronomy. It stretches numerous continents and has a rich diversity that weaves through a variety of voices, accents, and cultural individualities.

This ExpertTrack, developed by The Open University, will not only improve your ability to speak and write in Spanish but also provide you with a deeper understanding of the regions where it is spoken. As a result, you’ll be able to interact successfully within a range of everyday contexts, as well as academic and professional situations.

Gain the skills to step up your Spanish

The courses have been designed for anyone with a good beginner level understanding of Spanish, to enable you to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as perfecting your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

Through engaging videos, audios, examples, and activities, you’ll also find out about the cultures and geography of different parts of the Spanish speaking world.

Explore the ‘Worlds of Spanish’

The OU’s experienced language academics use the phrase ‘Worlds of Spanish’ to encompass the multiple landscapes, cultures, and languages of countries in which Spanish is spoken.

Through your learning, you’ll get to know about the people and places in the Worlds of Spanish and be able to critically engage in topical discussions with and about them.

Put your Spanish language skills into practice

Throughout these courses, you’ll be able to consolidate your learning by engaging in written conversation with other learners, in both Spanish and English, sharing study tips and contributing to debates. This will cement your learning and give you the confidence to go out into the world with your newly developed skills.

Enrich your career prospects and personal experiences

You’ll develop in-demand employability skills including digital and information literacy and learn how to talk about your education and professional experiences. You’ll analyse the requirements of job opportunities and careers, including volunteering in Spain and Latin America, and educational exchange programmes and internships, which are ways that you can experience the language in context.

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to apply everything you’ve learnt to your continuous development and make your personal and professional goals a reality in Spain and Latin America.

Key skills you will learn

  • Spanish language skills
  • Speaking Spanish
  • Listening to Spanish
  • Understanding spoken Spanish
  • Writing and understanding written Spanish
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Planning personal development
  • Critical thinking about intercultural issues

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Engage in spoken and written Spanish on a range of topics and situations through a series of grammatical, phonological and lexical points
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural heritage, cultural and linguistic diversity, geographical differences and educational experiences
  • Create goals and objectives for your career and personal life that utilise your language skills
  • Develop study and employability skills relating to personal, linguistic and professional development

Experience required

The OU’s language ExpertTracks are designed to help you progress with each one you study. It’s suggested you work through them in order to effectively develop your language skills.

  1. Intermediate Spanish: People and Places is for those at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) who can understand frequently used expressions and communicate basic information.
  2. Intermediate Spanish: Leisure and Culture is for those at Level A2 working towards Level B1 of the CEFR who feel confident in most situations likely to arise while travelling in the worlds of Spanish.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is intended for people with a basic knowledge of Spanish who would like to improve their competence in the spoken and written language and deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures.

The courses are suitable for those:

  • looking to advance their career with competence in an additional language
  • with a love for Spanish and Latin American cultures
  • with an interest in travelling
  • interested in understanding and discussing issues affecting the Worlds of Spanish

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

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    Milton Keynes, UK
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Meet your instructors

Ms Eva Estrany MA DPSI is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. She has been designing and teaching Spanish courses for over twenty years.

With a strong background in Gender and Latin American Studies, Soledad works at the intersections of language, creativity and community engagement with multilingual communities in the UK.

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