Learning Spanish Vocabulary

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Learning Spanish Vocabulary

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Spanish

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    OBJECTIVES
    The aim of this Course is to enable students to acquire vocabulary in a gradual way, while taking
    into account the range of lexical categories involved. As an essentially practical subject, emphasis is
    placed on becoming knowledgeable about the acquisition of phraseological units, which are key to
    mastering colloquial Spanish, as well as on the relations at work within synonymity, an essential tool in
    lexical enrichment, as well as on the capacity to adapt to different communicative situations. For this
    reason, a pragmatic stance will be adopted throughout. Likewise, the importance of the dictionary for
    lexical learning will be taken into account.

    SYLLABUS
    1. Word formation in Spanish.
    2. The colloquial lexicon and its communicative appropriateness.
    3. Phraseological units: locutions, proverbial expressions, and lexical placements.
    4. Synonyms and antonyms in Spanish. Polysemy and homonymy.
    5. Metaphors and their importance in the everyday lexicon.
    6. Standard vocabulary and specialized vocabulary. The relevance of the Media.
    7. The use of the dictionary in vocabulary learning.

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