Spanish Language - High Advanced

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language - High Advanced

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish

  • Language Level

    High Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    LEVEL B2.2

    GENERAL AIMS
    To succeed at this level student must demonstrate their capacity for linguistic activity
    that allows them to cover the following objectives in all the basic skills with a sufficient
    level of communicational effectiveness:
    Speaking
    ? Use broad knowledge of the formal aspects of language to achieve a high
    degree of precision and appropriateness, both in comprehension and
    expression.
    ? Understand overall meaning (capture the main ideas) and gain a deeper
    understanding of theatre plays, films, songs, TV programmes as well as
    messages or news in the media.
    ? Write clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of topics
    including those in their specialist area, highlighting the most significant aspects
    to support them.
    ? Make use of a broad vocabulary including idiomatic expressions as well as a
    variety of connectors and textual markers.
    ? Take part in debates and discussions on topics of general interest or news with
    sufficient fluency and spontaneity, showing good capacity for arguing a case.
    ? Understand and use frequent expressions, idioms and saying in both formal
    and informal registers.
    Writing
    ? Use broad knowledge of the formal aspects of language to achieve a high
    degree of precision and appropriateness, both in comprehension and
    expression.
    ? Understand the main ideas and extract specific information from different types
    of texts (informative, literary, etc.) showing an appreciation of the differences in
    style and rhetorical figures.
    ? Produce more extensive texts with more diverse functions, organising the ideas
    coherently and comprehensively, showing precision of expression and a certain
    command of the different registers.
    ? Make use of a broad vocabulary including idiomatic expressions as well as a
    variety of connectors and textual markers.
    ? Use the resources and materials at available with ease and efficiency to
    increase knowledge and resolve doubts.
    ? Understand and use frequent expressions, idioms and saying in both formal
    and informal registers.
    Speaking-writing activities
    ? Write reports from spoken or written information from notes taken previously, in
    standard language.
    ? Synthesise or summarise the information from an exhibitive text, oral or written,
    in standard language.

    LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS
    In this course the functions encountered in the five previous courses are reviewed,
    consolidated, looked at in more depth and enriched with nuances and more precision.
    Social function
    ? Use the appropriate register for every communicative situation.
    Informative function
    ? Explain hypothetical situations referring to the present and the past.
    ? Define words and concepts.
    Expressive function
    ? Express any kind of feeling or mood.
    ? Express rights, obligations and prohibitions.
    Evaluative function
    ? Express attitudes: express opinions and points of view; ask others for their
    opinions with cohesive and well-organised personal reasons, justification or
    arguments.
    ? Evaluate things or ideas using comparisons and expressive figures.
    Inductive function
    ? Explain proposals and plans of action.
    ? Propose projects to be carried out jointly.
    ? Ask for permission and give it with conditions.
    Meta-linguistic function
    ? Structure the discourse: open and close oral and written discourse; emphasise,
    summarise, appropriately structure the sentence and discourse (dialogue,
    written text, etc.)
    ? Ensure and resume communication: ask for and offer to repeat, confirm or
    clarify things; express doubts; use strategies for ensuring efficient and fluent
    communication.
    ? Ask for and give clarification on formal and grammatical aspects of Spanish.

    GRAMMATICAL CONTENT
    In this course the grammatical functions encountered in the five previous courses are
    reviewed, consolidated, looked at in more depth and enriched with nuances and more
    precision.
    Determinants
    ? Structures using the neuter article lo.
    ? Reflecting on the presence/absence of the article.
    Nouns and adjectives
    ? Substantives and adjectives: special cases (individual and collective nouns,
    etc).
    ? Word formation: prefixes, suffixes, compounds, origins, cultisms, borrowed
    language, etc.
    ? Position of the adjective.
    Verbs
    ? Uses and contrasts of the different indicative/subjunctive tenses.
    ? Composite conditional.
    ? Special use of the conditional: future in the past.
    ? Comparative hypothetical structures: como si + subjunctive.
    ? Pronominal verbs (ocurrírsele?)
    ? Colloquial use of the imperfect tense.
    ? Constructions using the infinitive: ?De saber que...?/ ?De haberlo sabido...?
    ? Prepositional verbs: contribuir a, servir para?
    ? Impersonal verbs.
    Adverbs
    ? Adverbs ending in ?mente: discursive organisers (indudablemente).
    ? Adverbial conditional expressions: con tal de que, excepto que, salvo que, en
    caso de que?
    ? Adverbial phrases: ojalá + subjunctive.
    Pronouns
    ? Consolidation of relative pronouns with or without prepositions (con el que...).
    ? Use of the neuter pronoun lo.
    ? Pronominal constructions: venirle a la memoria?
    Prepositions
    ? Prepositional expressions: a propósito de, con relación a?
    Conjunctions
    ? Consolidation of the use of conjunctions introducing subordinated clauses.
    Spelling
    ? Use of punctuation marks.
    ? Rules for accents.
    Standard language and its use
    ? Ambits and characteristics of written and spoken language.
    Registers
    ? Characteristics of the registers in use in communications channels.
    ? Some characteristics of colloquial/formal registers.

    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
    Texts books
    ? María Dolores Chamorro Guerrero et al., Abanico, 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.
    ? L. Gómez Torrego, Gramática didáctica del español, Ediciones SM.
    Dictionaries
    ? 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.