Spanish Grammar

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Grammar

  • Host University

    Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Composition, Grammar

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

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

    DESCRIPTION
    The main object is for the student to achieve a precise level of communication through the application of more complete and complex strategies than those used up to this stage in his/her language training. The ability to argue in an efficient manner and speak with ease in social settings will be stressed. The course emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and the understanding of grammatical contexts associated with academic, professional, and commercial situations.

    OBJECTIVES
    -To understand complex texts on various topics, including their respective interest fields and specialties, as well contemporary literary prose.
    -To understand news, movies, and extensive speeches on known subjects, providing they are expressed at a standard level.
    -To produce clear, detailed texts and presentations.
    -To present arguments for and against potentially controversial topics.
    -To communicate clearly, fluently, and naturally with native speakers without long pauses.
    -To take control of conversations at appropriate times.
    -To correct oneself and not commit errors that cause miscommunications.

    FUNCTIONAL CONTENT
    -Physical and character description.
    -Abstract description and evaluation.
    -To speak in past tense.
    -To tell stories and anecdotes.
    -To give instructions.
    -To describe objects and their uses.
    -To write a cooking recipe.
    -To express hypotheses and probabilities.
    -To express likes, desires, and feelings.
    -To express indignation.
    -To write a letter of complaint.
    -To ask and give advice.
    -To explain health problems.
    -To express opinions.
    -To argue original ideas.
    -To show agreement and disagreement.
    -To demonstrate different points of view on the same subject.
    -To identify and describe objects.
    -To inquire whether a person knows something.
    -To tell, repeat, and summarize what is said.
    -To react to a rumors or gossip.
    -To talk about the development of events.
    -To value something through assessment.
    -To express opinions.
    -To express purpose.
    -To express conditions.
    -To organize a speech.

    GRAMMATICAL CONTENT
    -Uses of ?ser? and ?estar?
    -Uses of past tense indicatives: perfect, indefinite, imperfect, and pluperfect.
    -Form and uses of future and conditional tenses.
    -Form and use of the imperative.
    -Personal pronouns.
    -Use of the subjunctive.
    -Use of verbal tenses in hypothetical expressions. Resources for reacting to a hypothesis. Hypothesis indicators.
    -probablemente, posiblemente + indicativo / subjuntivo
    -quizá(s), tal vez, a lo mejor + indicativo / subjuntivo
    -a lo mejor, igual + indicativo / subjuntivo
    -es posible que + subjuntivo
    -Expressions for showing agreement and disagreement:
    -me molesta que + subjuntivo
    -no soporto que + subjuntivo
    -creo que + indicativo
    -no creo que + subjuntivo
    -está claro que + indicativo
    -Expressions for giving advice:
    -te aconsejo que + subjuntivo
    -es mejor que + subjuntivo
    -te aconsejaría que + pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo
    -Uses of the subjunctive in relative, temporal, and finite sentences:
    -que, el cual (la cual, los cuales, las cuales), quien (quienes) + indicativo / subjuntivo
    -cuando + subjuntivo
    -hasta que + subjuntivo
    -para que + subjuntivo
    -Indirect style. Adjusting verb tenses and other elements of agreement with changes in communication. Verbs for continuing conversation. Verbs that introduce a topic of conversation.
    -Periphrases verbs.
    -Time markers: primero, segundo... finalmente / para finalizar / para acabar / en primer lugar, en segundo lugar?
    -Story organizers.
    -Line of argument connectors (cause, opposition, and organization argument connectors).
    -Conditional and oppositional sentences:
    -si + indicativo / subjuntivo
    -en caso de que + subjuntivo
    -aunque + indicativo / subjuntivo

    EVALUATION
    The final course grade will be determined in the following way: exams, participation, oral presentations, attendance, homework, compositions, etc.
    Final Exam (50%)
    Midterm Exam (10%)
    Participation (30%)
    Oral presentation (10%)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.