Checking date: 19/04/2022

Course: 2021/2022

Spanish Language: Upper Intermediate
Study: (84)

Coordinating teacher: PEREZ CASTRO, SONIA

Department assigned to the subject:

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


This course is aimed towards intermediate Spanish-speakers who will develop their language skills in both written and spoken Spanish. Specific relevance is given to the use of language in context, and therefore the course will particularly focus on cultural aspects of its use in Spain. The course aims to: 1. Develop the student's capability to think about the language and apply strategies that allows for the improvement of the learning process. 2. Follow a conversation on day-to-day topics or a discussion, and recognize the fundamental differences between the formal and informal use of language. 3. Participate actively in debates, relating arguments to current issues and epxress ideas, needs and feelings according to their attitudes. 4. Understand information from different types of texts, identifying characteristics and specific aims. 5. Express with clarity, cohesion and correct grammar facts and events related to their environment using the appropriate tone, vocabulary, particles and stylistic resources of the language.
Description of contents: programme
COMMUNICATIVE, VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR RESOURCES 1. MY FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS Ask for and give information about personality, tastes, hobbies, pet peeves, experiences, etc. Express similarities, differences and affinities between people. Describe people. Express tastes and feelings. Adjectives and nouns related to personality. Virtues and flaws. Likes and pet peeves. Habits and hobbies, family, experiences. Identify people (demonstrative pronoun). Pronominal form of verbs like "gustar". Indirect interrogatives with "si" and direct interrogatives with "qué, cuál, cuáles, con quién, por qué, dónde, cuándo," etc. Feminine nouns: "-dad, -ez, -eza, -ía, -ura." 2. SKILLS AND EMOTIONS Talk about abilities ("dársele bien/mal; ser bueno/malo" + gerund, verbo costar, etc.). Talk about feelings, tastes and sensations to different degrees ("dar vergüenza, miedo, etc. Ponerse nervioso/a, triste, etc. Adverbs: muchísimo, mucho, bastante, demasiado, muy, un poco, nada, etc."). Express agreement and dissent ("A mí también/Yo también, etc."). 3. SOCIAL LIFE: FORMAL AND INFORMAL LIFESTYLE Ask for objects, actions and help in varying degrees of formality. Ask for permission. Give excuses and justify. Bars and restaurants. Foods, typical dishes in Spain. "Poder, importar, dar, dejar, prestar, ir, venir, llevar, traer," etc. Conditional. 4. SOCIAL LIFE: LEISURE PLANS Propose, accept and reject invitations and proposals. Meet someone. Verb to seem + adjective + infinitive / adjective / noun. It is + adjective + infinitive. Express desire to do something. Make appointments. Places, leisure activities, shows and cultural offer in Madrid, cienema and TV series. 5. ADVISE Give advice (lo mejor es, va/n (muy) bien; tener + que + infinitivo; etc.) Imaginary situations. Give opinion on actions and behaviour. Body parts (themes: tattoos and piercings). Life events. Forms and uses of the conditional. 6. THE PAST (I): LIFE STAGES AND LIFE CHANGES Relate past experiences. Talk about the beginning and duration of an action. Locate an action in time. Work and studies. Life events. Contrast: Pretérito Perfecto - Pretérito Indefinido (espacios actuales y no actuales). Hace, desde, desde que, desde hace. Perífrasis de infinitivo y gerundio. 7. THE PAST (II): LIFE STAGES AND LIFE CHANGES Talk about habits and circumstances in the past. Locate actions in the past and present. Arguments and debate. Life stages. Interneet. Habits and changes in communication. Imperfect past. Past time particles. 8. THE PAST (III): HISTORICAL EVENTS Talk about the past. Secuence actions. React to anecdotes. Historical events. Life events. Feelings. Combination of past times in a story (past indefinite, past imperfect, past pluperfect). Time particles and speech organizers. Resources to react: interjections and exclamations. 9. THE FUTURE: HYPOTHESES AND PREDICTIONS Talk about future actions and situations. Express conditions. Formulate hypotheses about the future. World issues. Predictions about personal future. "Si´" + present indicative, future, "depende de si" + noun; "depende de si" + present indicative. Some uses of the future. "Seguramente/Supongo que/Posiblemente" + future. Future temporal particles.
Assessment System

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.