Spanish Language - Advanced
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Area of Study
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
On completing this course, students should be able to:
? Understand without any difficulty any conversation between native speakers on
non-specialist themes, in standard register.
? Follow an oral presentation in an academic environment on subject included in
their studies (lectures, conferences, presentation and contributions by
colleagues in the classroom), write and summarise information from notes
taken during the class.
? Recognise attitudes and moods in a speaker from intonation, gestures, rhythm,
? Understand genuine literary texts by contemporary authors, both Spanish ad
Latin American, with some lack of vocabulary.
? Intervene in conversations, discussions, debates, etc., Take part in
conversations, discussions, debates, etc. on general subject matters, adjusting
the discourse to the required register, formal or informal, with an appropriate
control of the Spanish language and recognising idiomatic expressions
appropriate to the level.
? Speak about a subject with clarity and coherence for a brief period of time,
suing the appropriate resources for discourse.
? Write texts (personal letters, formal letters, etc.) adjust use of language to
different models, using the appropriate vocabulary and register for each type of
? Reproduce orally and in writing information, opinions and stories from other
? Encourage and calm someone down.
? Offer congratulations.
? Transmit information, orders and instructions from one person to another.
? Narrate any fact or event or information transmitted by other people stating the
time references (previousness, simultaneousness, immediacy, etc.).
? Formulate hypotheses referring to the present, the past and the future.
? Express different moods: happiness, sadness, resignation, satisfaction, anger,
? Reproach, complain.
? Show interest or rejection.
? Judge and value people and periods (refute valuations).
? Express conditions and request special conditions.
? Demanding, insisting on the fulfilment of something.
? Organising a discourse: starting with a topic, enumerating, arguing a case,
summarising, indicating the conclusion.
? Asking for and giving explanations about points of grammar.
? Structures with the neuter article 'lo' (lo que yo digo,â¦).
Nouns and adjectives
? using adjectives as nouns with the neutral article 'lo' (lo curioso, lo malo,...).
? Simple past and imperfect subjunctive.
? Past perfect subjunctive.
? Simple and composite conditional tense
? Verbal agreement in the expression of an impossible condition ("Si lo hubiera
sabido,â¦") using the particle si.
? Pronominal verbs.
? Verbs of change: convertirse en/a , llegar a ser, etc.
? Prepositional verbs: preocuparse por, acordarse de,...
? Phrasal verbs.
? Adverbial conditional expressions: como, siempre que, siempre y cuando,
? Adverbial time expressions: así que, en cuanto, antes de que, hasta que,
mientras, mientras tanto, de repente...
? Neuter pronouns: esto, eso, aquello, lo ("Eso no lo discute nadie").
? Extension of the use of prepositions and prepositional sayings (por tanto, por si
acaso, por ciertoâ¦).
? Extension of conjunctional expression of subordination.
Our grading system takes into consideration the student's progression through the
course: continuous assessment (30%) - and if the student achieves the course
objectives or not - final exam (70%).
Tests. During the course some of the exercises will be rated: Reading
comprehension, listening comprehension and written expression.
Students will be tested twice during the course: prior to the mid-term and during
the second part of the course. These tests will be conducted as class exercises
and not as partial exams, that is with no prior notification.
Evaluation of the learning progression, participation in class and attendance.
By the middle of the course, there will be a mid-term report with information from
the first part of the course. These reports will be delivered to students and will be
discussed individually in personal tutorials that will take place during class
Exam and Certification
The final exam consists of 5 sections. Students must complete at least 50% of each in
order to pass.
Writing 15 points
Speaking 15 points
Reading Comprehension 15 points
Listening Comprehension 15 points
Grammar and Vocabulary 10 points
Total 70 points
The result in the exam (70 points) combined with the continuous assessment (30
points) result in the following grading:
Fail 0 ? 6,49
Pass 6,50 ? 7,49
Good 7,50 ? 8,99
Excellent* 9,00 ? 10,00
*Excellent is reserved to exceptional cases.
Those students who achieve 6.50 or more will get the corresponding certificate
of the level.
Jaime Corpas et al., Aula 5, Difusión.
Recommended complementary reading
To be decided.
? A. GONZÁLEZ, J. R. CUENOT, M. SÁNCHEZ ALFARO,, Gramática de español
lengua extranjera, Ed.
? F. Castro, Uso de la gramática española (nivel elemental), Edelsa.
? R. Sarmiento, Gramática progresiva, SGEL.
? L. Gómez Torrego, Gramática didáctica del español, Ediciones SM.
? F. Castro et al., Castro, Aprende gramática y vocabulario 3, SGEL.
? Diccionario de español para extranjeros, Ediciones SM.
? Diccionario para la enseñanza de la lengua española (español para
extranjeros), Universidad de Alcalá ? Editorial Vox.
? Diccionario abreviado de uso del español actual, SGEL.