Spanish Language - Advanced

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language - Advanced

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    LEVEL B2.1

    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

    Social function
    ? Encourage and calm someone down.
    ? Apologise.
    ? Offer congratulations.
    Informative function
    ? 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.
    Expressive function
    ? Express different moods: happiness, sadness, resignation, satisfaction, anger,
    hope, etc.
    ? Reproach, complain.
    ? Show interest or rejection.
    Evaluative function
    ? Judge and value people and periods (refute valuations).
    ? Express conditions and request special conditions.
    Inductive function
    ? Demanding, insisting on the fulfilment of something.
    ? Threaten.
    Meta-linguistic function
    ? 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,…).
    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,…") 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,
    depende de...
    ? 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 cierto…).
    ? Extension of conjunctional expression of subordination.
    ? Extension.

    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%).
    Continuous Assessment:
    Class work.
    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.
    Professor's Evaluation
    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.

    Texts books
    Jaime Corpas et al., Aula 5, Difusión.
    Recommended complementary reading
    To be decided.
    Grammar resources
    ? 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.