Universidad de Málaga
Area of Study
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units9
Hours & Credits
1. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
- To know andunderstand the basic morphosyntactic and functions and the contents of this level.
- To use more usual connectors to link words and simple sentences.
- To know Spanish phonemes and some commonly used and general ortographic rules.
- To acquire clear and understantable pronunciation, although the speaker must concentrate on it.
- To be able of spelling easily and copy short sentences.
- To know and understand contents and basic situations to introduce oneself, greet others and say goodbye.
- To be capable of asking and give basic information about people, objects, animals and places, real or imaginary.
- To be able to ask something to somebody and respond correctly to petitions.
- To understand and use the necessary element to carry out descriptions and introductions about oneself, other people and daily aspects.
- To understand and carry out simple and short questions and instructions, related to space, time, and immediate or daily needs.
- To understand and use basic procedures to express likes/dislikes, interest, desires and feelings.
- To understand pieces of information, speeches, tests, well articulated and short messages, as well as frequently used expressions.
- To know basic strucutres to write phrases, sentences and very simple and concfrete texts.
- To know and use the basic vocabulary related to the concrete situations specified in the contents and functions section.
- To be capable of appreciating the correct pragmatic accuracy in the use of simple polite expressions related to greetings, farewell and introductions.
- To reach a basic knowledge about geography of Spain and Latinamerican countries.
- To know and appreciate the most important Hispanic traditions and socialand cultural events, together with their most representatives characters..
2. CONTENTS AND SKILLS
2.1 Communicative function
- To introduce oneself;
- To greet and say goodbye;
- Give personal in formation;
- To ask and give phone numbers;
- To express existence or absence;
- To ask and say the time;
- To ask and answer about dates;
- To ask for directions;
- To ask for a favor;
- To ask for permission;
- To express the possibility or impossibility to do something;
- To express a need;
- To express an obligation;
- To ask about products or ítems and their price;
- To express amounts;
- To express desires and intentions;
- To express likes and interests;
- To talk about preferences;
- To talk about the weather;
- To express physical and emotional feelings;
- To describe the state of objects;
- To talk about personal relationships and relatives;
- To express possession and relation;
- To describe habitual actions;
- To express the frequency of actions;
- To ask for and give an opinion;
- To express agreement or disagreement;
- To express doubt or ignorance;
- To make plans: invite others, accept or refuse invitations, to make an excuse;
- To talk about future actions;
- To establish comparisons;
- To describe an action that is taking place;
- To ask somebody if they know something and answer with positive or negative sentence.
- To speak about past experiences that lead to the present.
- To ask and respond positively or negatively if an action has been completed.
- To ask and respond if someone has ever done something
- To ask for silence
- To express when in pain
2.2 Morphosyntactic contents
- Gender and number;
- Gender and number;
- Concordance with the noun;
- Apocope: buen, mal, primer, tercer y gran;
- Degrees of adjectives;
Suffixes and prefixes;
Most common synomyms and antonyms;
- Definite and indefinite article;
- Contractions: al and del;
- Demonstrative articles: este, a, os, as; aquel, aquella, os, as;
- Possessive (adjectives);
- Numeral and ordinal (until décimo);
- Indefinite(most common);
- personal pronoun subject;
- personal pronoun direct object;
- personal pronoun indirect object (used with some verbs: molestar, afectar, divertir, asombrar?);
- Reflexive pronouns;
- Interrogative and exclamative pronouns;
- present tense of the verb ser, morphology and uses: identification, nationality, origin and occupation, description, possession and relation, chronological time;
- present tense of the verb estar, morphology and uses: greeting, location, states and temporary activities;
- basic differences between ser and estar;
- non-personal form hay and hace;
- present tense of indicative mode of regular verbs, ending in : -ar, -er, -ir.
* Uses of present tense;
- Present tense of irregular verbs;
- Reflexive verbs;
- Pseudoimpersonal verbs + noun / infinitive: gustar, encantar, doler, apetecer e interesar;
- Impersonal verbs llover and nevar;
- Present tense of estar + gerund. Irregular gerunds;
- Immediate future;
- Present perfect, morphology and uses: irregular past participles;
- verbs querer, desear, necesitar, poder, preferir + infinitive;
- verbal periphrasis that express obligation: tener que + infinitive y deber + infinitive;
- quantity: muy, mucho, nada, poco, bastante, demasiado; también, tampoco;
- time: ya , todavía (no), aún (no);
- place: aquí, allí;
- adverbs and adverbial phrases that express frequency;
- basic uses of the following prepositions: a, en, de, con, por, para;
- place prepositional phrases.
2.3 III. Lexical-semantic contents
- Most frequently used vocabulary when introducing the alphabet;
- Countries and nationalities; some names of inhabitants of a country;
- Communication control resources in the classroom.;
- Lexicon of the classroom;
- numerals: ordinals (1 - 1000) and cardinals (primero ? décimo);
- Days of the week, months of the year and seasons.;
- Description of objects: size, shape, material and color;
- Description of physicl aspects and character.
- Expressiones that begin with the verb ¨tener¨: heat, cold, hunger, a fever, thirst, to be carfeul, fear, dreams, feel like doing something, to be in a hurry.
- Vocabulary of the home
- Cronological order: time, parts of the day and night
- Verbs that deal with confusion: to go, to come, to bring (llevar/traer), to know conocer/saber),
- Cardinal direction
- Landscape elements.
- Names of different types of shops; names of the different sections in a dept. store.
- The human body
- Food and drinks
- Hobbies and leisure activities
- Means of communication
- Money: coins, bills, checks
2.4. Phonetic and ortographical contents
- introduction of the phonemes;
- pronunciation practice: syllabic structure and stress in words;
- intonation practice of learned communicative functions.
- the alphabet;
- cases of significant difficulty: gue / gui, b / v y c / z;
- presence and absence of the letter h.
- Some punctuation marks: @, ¡...!, ¿...?, ...
- Introduction and basic use of some punctuation marks.
2.5. Communication situations
The student should be able to cope with the following situations:
- the first day of class
- in the secretary´s office
- in spanish class
- looking for a place to live
- in a city that you know
- shopping; going shopping
- at a market: buying products
- at a bar
- at a restaurant
- with family
- with colleagues and new friends
- telephone conversations
- at an appointment
- at the bank
- at a travel agency
- at the train/bus station
2.6. Sociocultural contents
The student should be able to offer information about:
- Names and surnames
- Manners of treatment
- Normal social behavior
o interest in other people´s well being;
o show admiration towards something we are shown;
- Countries and cities in Spain and Latin America
- Spanish timetable
- Popular holidays in Spain and Latin America
- Presentations of famous Spanish and Latin American people
- Culinary traditions
- Social and familial events: birthdays, Saint´s days, invitations?
- Family relations and friendships
2.6. Pragmatic contents
- Greetings and goodbyes: formal / informal;
- Introduction: formal / informal;
- Treatment fixed expressions;
- Basic politeness expressions: por favor y gracias;
- Basic formulas to start a linguistic interaction with a stranger: oye / oiga;
- Basic expressions to apologize: perdón / lo siento;
- formulas to stress negation or refusal: ¡qué va!;
- formulas to encourage action:¡venga!;
- formulas to stress positive statements: ¡vale!, ¡claro!;
- formula to ask for confirmation of information (question tags): ¿de verdad?;
- Formulas for justification: es que?;
- Formulas for phone conversations: dígame, ¿si?, ¿está?..., ¿me pone con...?;
- Introduction of some basic gestual elements;
- Proxemics of social relations;
- Suffixes that express affection: cariñito, gordito, feillo;
- Main exclamative expressions: ¡ay!, ¡chissstt!, ¡ah!, ¡huyyyy!, ¡uf!
2.7. Development of the four skills
The student must be able to read:
- simple announcements/ advertising
- a menu
- simple and adapted explanatory texts
- present indicative descriptions
- simple informational texts about general themes
- simple instructions in present indicative
- a travel brochure
- information panels
- a letter/ postcard
- an email/ a message
- signs and simple notices
- a short story
- a recipe in present indicative
The student must be able to:
- Fill out forms
- Describe your personal circumstances: family, city, friends, home, lifestyle
- Write explantory, descriptive texts
- Write notes or messages
- Write an email, a message, a letter and a postcard
- The student, consequently, will be able to understand:
- Personal information;
- Dialogues in daily situations;
- Questions asked in the classroom and in habitual communicative situations.
- Information and questions about the present and about the past related to present;
- Information and questions about their immediate future;
- Clear, easy, slowly uttered instructions and indications in the present tense;
- Simple advertisement.
- Oral interaction
The student will:
- Be able to express themselves and understand basic information in different situations of daily life: a bar, on the street, an office, a bank?;
- Be able to participate in a conversation about a daily situation;
- Understand a native speaker who Spears clearly and who will repeat the information if necessary:
- Be able to ask for a thing or an action;
- Understand simple instructions;
- To understand questions about personal circumstances;
- Understand and respond to direct questions about personal information in an interview;
- Oral expression
The student will have to:
- To elaborate a simple and short introduction about a topic seen in class;
- To speak of habitual actions in the present tense;
- To speak about personal circumstances;
- To speak about onself;
- To tell about actions ocurred in the past and related to the present;
- To sepak about immediate future actions..
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.