Spanish Language - Beginner

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language - Beginner

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish

  • Language Level

    Beginning

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    90
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    8
  • Overview

    LEVEL A1

    GENERAL AIMS
    On completing this course, students should be able to:
    ? be familiar with the Spanish alphabet letters and signs and relate them to the corresponding sounds.
    ? recognise the main intonations of the Spanish language.
    ? express themselves with a minimum level of correctness and a pronunciation that can be understood by a Spanish speaker.
    ? understand basic information (timetables, shopping, personal information) and communicate in everyday situations.
    ? take part in very simple conversations on topics of daily life: basic communicative situations (formulae for social interaction), personal relationships (talking about habits and personal tastes) and relationships with public service staff (asking for information).
    ?reading and overall understanding of very simple texts which allow basic activities to be carried out.
    ? more precise reading and understanding of specific texts: enrolment forms, library service application forms, sports, etc.
    ? read aloud texts they have written themselves.
    ? narrate, simply and using simple structures, present and past events related to the present. Talk about future plans and intentions.
    ? fill in simple forms, write personal notes, postcards and brief letters.
    ? take notes and transcribe oral messages.
    ? apply strategies to improve comprehension of oral and written messages, associate meanings, discover similarities by comparing with other languages, identify internationalisms.
    ? use Spanish as a vehicular language of communicative interaction of the reading activity (between students and the teacher).

    LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS

    Social function
    ? Offering and receiving greetings. Asking and responding to questions. Saying goodbye.
    ? Saying thank you. Apologising. Making simple excuses.
    ? Introducing oneself.

    Informative function
    ? Identifying yourself and other people. Asking for and giving personal information (name, surname, age, profession, nationality, civil status, etc.).
    ? Describing people's physical appearance. Asking for and giving succinct information about people's character.
    ? Asking for and giving general information about places: location with respect to other places, what they are like and how to get there. Methods of transport.
    ?Asking for and giving basic information about objects: asking and telling who they belong to, what they are for, describing them and situating them.
    ? Asking for and giving the necessary information for buying something: quality, quantity, colour, size, price.
    ?Asking and telling the time: the time, timetables, carrying out an action.
    ? Asking for and giving information about activities: what somebody is doing, what is happening at a specific time, daily routines.

    Expressive function
    ? Simple expressions of happiness and sadness.
    ? Expressing satisfaction or a lack of satisfaction, likes and dislikes.
    ? Expressing interest, admiration for something or someone. Expressing a lack of interest, indifference or rejection.

    Evaluative function
    ? Expressing agreement or disagreement with someone or about something.
    ? Expressing tastes and preferences.
    ? Simple ways of justifying preferences.

    Inductive function
    ? Expressing desires, wishes, intentions or proposals. Asking about a proposal for action.
    ? Proposing an activity. Agreeing to the terms of a meeting: place, day and time.
    ? Asking if something can be done, should be done or if it is better not to do it.

    Meta-linguistic function
    ? Ask how to say something in Spanish.
    ? Asking and telling how to spell a word and which punctuation signs are necessary.
    ?Asking a telling about understanding an expression.
    ? Asking someone to repeat something, to talk louder or slower.
    ? Asking for clarification about the meaning of a word or an expression.

    GRAMMATICAL CONTENT

    Determinants and Quantifiers:
    ? Definite articles (el, la, los, las) and indefinite articles (un, una, unos, unas).
    ? Demonstratives: este/a, ese/a, aquel/lla.
    ? Possessives: mi, tu, su, nuestro/a, vuestro/a, su, mis, tus, sus, nuestros/as, vuestros/as, sus.
    ? Cardinal and ordinal numbers.
    ? Grades of meaning: muy, bastante, demasiado, poco.

    Nouns and adjectives:
    ? Gender and number.

    Verbs:
    ? Present tense of the most common regular and irregular verbs (trabajar, estudiar, ser, vivir, estar, ir, venir, cerrar, abrir, costar, empezar,?) and most frequent expressions of time (siempre, todos los días normalmente, a veces,?).
    ? The verb 'haber'. Uses as an auxiliary and main verb.
    ? Most common regular and irregular reflexive verbs: llamarse, levantarse, ducharse, acostarse,?
    ? Verbs with emphatic pronouns: gustar, encantar (?a mí me gusta?).
    ? Modal verbs of obligation (tener que), desire (querer) and possibility (poder).
    ? Future expressions. Use of the present in future expressions (tomorrow, next week?).
    ? Simple past tense: most common regular and irregular verbs. hablar, ver hacer poner, ser,?
    ? Presentation of expressions using estar + gerund.

    Adverbs:
    ? Adverbs of state: bien, mal, regular?
    ? Adverbs of place: aquí, allí, cerca, lejos?
    ? Adverbs of time: ahora, después, luego?

    Pronouns:
    Personal stressed subject pronouns: yo, tú, él,?
    Personal unstressed direct object pronouns: me, te, lo, la, nos, os, los, las.
    Personal unstressed indirect object pronouns: me, te, le, nos, os, les.
    Reflexive pronouns: me, se te, nos, os, se.
    Emphatic pronouns: a mí me, a ti te,?
    Interrogative pronouns: qué, cómo, quién, cuándo, por qué,?

    Prepositions:
    ? Most common prepositions: a, en, por, para, de,?
    ? Prepositions or prepositional expressions of place: en, entre, encima de, debajo de, dentro de,?.

    Conjunctions:
    ? Frequently used conjunctions: y, o, pero, porque.

    Vocabulary:
    ? Introduction and familiarisation with the most useful words for daily situations.

    GRADING SYSTEM
    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.
    - Assignments.
    - 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 hours.

    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:
    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.

    TEACHING MATERIAL
    Textbook: To be decided.
    Recommended complementary reading: To be decided.
    Grammar resources
    ? F. Castro, Uso de la gramática española (nivel elemental), Edelsa.
    ? Rosario Alonso et. al., Gramática básica del español, Difusión.
    ? Tablas gramaticales de Español, Difusión.
    ? M. Cortés, Gramática y recursos comunicativos 1 (A1-A2), Santillana.
    Dictionaries
    ? Diccionario de bolsillo del español actual, SGEL.