Spanish Language - Intermediate

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language - Intermediate

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish

  • Language Level

    Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    LEVEL B1.1

    GENERAL AIMS
    On completing this course, students should be able to:
    ? Improve their level of accuracy in pronunciation and intonation in Spanish.
    ? Use Spanish to interact effectively in the classroom, recognising and using communication mechanisms in this area.
    ? Participate appropriately in everyday conversations, both face-to-face and by telephone.
    ? Recognise moods from the way in which speakers express themselves and react appropriately.
    ? Understand in general terms the information in texts about general subjects.
    ? Understand and extract specific information from real information documents (posters, advertisements, informative leaflets, events listings, press articles, etc.).
    ? Narrate, orally or in writing, past, present or future events, organising the information adequately.
    ? Write letters, personal notes and postcards in an informal style.
    ? Take notes and transcribe oral messages.
    ? Extend knowledge of social and cultural aspect that encourages integration of the student into their learning environment.
    ? Consolidate the use of the bilingual dictionary and begin to use a monolingual dictionary.

    LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS

    Social function
    ? Use conventional forms to ask for permission and to ask for a favor.
    ? Say goodbye.

    Informative function
    ? Describe and identify people or objects that could be in a group.
    ? Ask someone what sort of mood they are in and tell them what mood you are in.
    ? Request and give information about public transport (timetables, activities, location, etc.), travelling inside and out of the city (means of transport, timetables, services, distances, prices, etc.).
    ? Talk about projects or future intentions explaining the conditions.
    ? Situate an event or a story in time by ordering the parts (ask and say when something happened and in what order the events took place).
    ? Talk about daily activities in the present and past tenses, explaining the circumstances.
    ? Transmit information about one person to another.

    Expressive function
    ? Expressing surprise.
    ? Express interest or indifference.
    ? Offer someone encouragement.
    ? Express doubt or certainty.
    ? Express annoyance or irritation.

    Evaluative function
    ? Expressing agreement or disagreement with someone or about something.
    ? Express and ask for opinions.
    ? Accept the opinion or reasoning of others.

    Inductive function
    ? Offer to do something.
    ? Invite someone to do something. Accepting or refusing an invitation. Make a date with someone.
    ? Demand something, order someone to do something. Express prohibition.
    ? Express an intention to do something and ask someone what they intend doing.
    ? Ask for and give advice.
    ? Ask for, give or deny permission.

    Meta-linguistic function
    ? Take someone's word for something.
    ? To counter-question and ask something again.
    ? Enumerate and order the principles of an argument.
    ? Express certainty about an announcement.

    GRAMMATICAL CONTENT

    Determinants
    ? Indefinite pronouns: revision and consolidation.
    ? Neuter demonstratives: use and syntax.
    ? Indefinite pronouns: revision and consolidation.
    ? Grades of meaning: revision and consolidation.

    Nouns and adjectives
    ? Gender and number: revision and extension. Special cases: el cava, el idioma?
    ? use of some adjectives with the verbs 'ser' and 'estar'.

    Verbs
    ? Verbs with emphatic pronouns: apetecer, doler, molestar, indignar, preocupar?
    ? Future verb forms.
    ? Affirmative and negative imperative of regular and irregular verbs.
    ? Imperfect tense of regular and irregular verbs: different uses.
    ? Contrast between the three indicative past tenses (perfect, indefinite and imperfect).
    ? Frequently used prepositional verbs: quedarse en, llamar desde, quedar con, pasar por?
    ? Verbs which use pronominal constructions: caerle bien/mal a alguien, llevarse bien/mal con alguien.
    ? Introduction to the present subjunctive.

    Adverbs
    ? Adverbs of state: así, de esa manera, en absoluto?
    ? Adverbs of time: aún (no), todavía (no), dentro de, ya.
    ? Adverbs of doubt: quizá/s, tal vez, a lo mejor, probablemente?

    Pronouns
    ? Combination of DO and IO pronouns (enclytic and proclytic): dímelo/ no me lo digas...
    ? Emphatic pronouns: a mí me..., a ti te...; revision and consolidation.

    Prepositions
    ? Revision and extension of propositions and preprepositional elements (en, con, sin, por, para, desde, a, hasta, hacia, entre...).
    ? Interrogative particles with prepositions: a quién, por quién, por dónde, desde dónde, desde cuándo...

    Conjunctions
    ? Frequently used conjunctions.

    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.

    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
    - Jaime Corpas et al., Aula 3, Difusión.

    Recommended complementary reading
    - To be decided.

    Grammar resources
    ? A. GONZÁLEZ, J. R. CUENOT, M. SÁNCHEZ ALFARO, Gramática de español lengua extranjera, Ed. Edelsa.
    ? F. Castro, Uso de la gramática española (nivel elemental), Edelsa.
    ? Rosario Alonso et. al., Gramática básica del español, Difusión.
    ? R. Sarmiento, Gramática progresiva, SGEL.
    ? F. Castro et al., Castro, Aprende gramática y vocabulario 2, SGEL.
    ? M. Cortés y M. Fontecha, Gramática y recursos comunicativos 2 (B1), Santillana.

    Dictionaries
    ? Diccionario de bolsillo del español actual, SGEL.
    ? Diccionario de español para extranjeros, Ediciones SM.