Spanish Language

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Santander

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language

    Course Required
  • Host University

    Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Santander

  • Location

    Santander, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Grammar, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Spanish

  • Language Level

    Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    A. GENERAL OBJECTIVES
    Understand and express oneself correctly and fluently in familiar situations. Adequately communicate in situations which are not familiar while also utilizing complex linguistic structures.

    B. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
    Listening Comprehension- Understand the general content and details of conversations between various native speakers spoken at a normal speed, including topics which are unfamiliar to the student.
    Oral Proficiency- Students must be able to participate adequately in conversations dealing with any given topic. In these conversations students must be able to contribute and effectively express personal opinions and viewpoints easily and with precision.
    Reading Comprehension- Students will understand both the details as well as the conveyed purpose of various types of texts which deal with topics unfamiliar to the student.
    Written Proficiency- The student will be able to produce written texts of various types which not only pertain to everyday needs, but which also deal with specific personal and professional interests of the student. In these written compositions the student will be able to effectively and concisely express personal opinions and perspectives.

    C. COURSE CONTENT

    C. 1. Communicative Content:

    - Exchanging and evaluating personal information.
    - Exchanging and evaluating general information.
    - Evaluating the opinions of others.
    - Expressing acceptance, refusal and evasion with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
    - Persuasion and convincing.
    - Justifications and making excuses.
    - Maintain diverse types of interpersonal relations.
    - Displaying perspectives on an event.
    - Expressing the underlying intentions of what another person has said.
    - Debating with various degrees of implication a topic of conversation.
    - Expressing and reaffirming declarations of certainty, necessity and obligation.
    - Requesting and giving explanations of cause, consequence, means and conclusions.
    - Expressing what is considered possible or probable.
    - Accepting and rejecting expressions of probability.
    - Conditions for the completion of an action.
    - Advising, suggesting and recommending.
    - Expressing the will to do something.
    - Expressing surprise or shock.
    - Expressing compassion..
    - Expressing resignation.
    - Expressing satisfaction.
    - Expressing agreement and disagreement.
    - Expressing indignation..
    - Expressing indifference.
    - Understanding and giving information using various degrees of linguistic formality: formal, informal, familiar, colloquial, and vulgar.
    - Understanding the diverse dialects and social-linguistic varieties.
    - Understanding and reproducing the intention and intonation of statements or declarations.

    C.2. Grammatical Content:
    1- Special cases in the gender and quantity of adjectives and nouns.
    2- Numerals, ordinals, fractions, multiples, distributives and collectives.
    3- Particularities in the use of ser and estar.
    4- Verb constructions of the verb ser in periphrastic formulas.
    5- Relative pronouns with or without expressed antecedent and with or without a preposition.
    6- Semantic and stylistic repercussions in the order of words: adjective-noun, verb-object, etc.
    7- Specification of the prepositional rules of verbs.
    8- Pronominal considerations: cases with se.
    9- Uses of pronouns: ethical dative or dative of interest.
    10- Duplications of the acusative and dative.
    11- Development and uses of the passive voice.
    12- Specific uses of the infinitive, gerund and participle.
    13- Specific uses of the conditional.
    14- Specific uses of the future tense.
    15- Other uses and varieties of noun sentences.
    16- Other uses and varieties of conditional sentences.
    17- Other uses and varieties of concession sentences.
    18- Other uses and variations of time sentences.
    19- Other uses and varieties of concluding sentences.
    20- Other uses and varieties of modal sentences.
    21- Other uses and varieties of periphrases.
    22- Prepositional uses with verbs.
    23- Other problematic prepositional uses.
    24- Idiomatic phrases.
    25- Sayings and proverbs.
    26- The adaptation of vocabulary in different levels of socio-linguistic groups.
    27- Various conversational mechanisms.
    28- The specificity of the elements essential to textual cohesion.
    29- Organization of information in texts with specialized content.
    30- Prosodic characteristics: the significant pertinence of intonation.

    *Another possible version of the course content for the Advanced B / Superior level: Five macro-lessons in which the following themes are developed with a high level of metalinguistic consideration and in which additional included course content is unconventional and uncommon to the normal programming of language studies. Each theme is elaborated through the use of varying material: controlled practice exercises, real texts, television recordings, fragments of movies, etc.

    1- Standards of Courtesy:
    Introductions
    Greetings
    Farewells
    Offerings
    Petitions/Requests
    Warnings and notifications
    Advice
    Acts of direct and indirect speech.

    2- Conversational Analysis:
    Intensifiers
    Attenuation
    Questions of formality

    3- Inferences:
    Phrasing
    Irony

    4- Type of texts:
    Informative
    Journalistic
    Bureaucratic
    Literary

    5- Meta-linguistic mechanisms:
    Logical connectors
    Speech markers
    Speech arrangements

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations