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Spanish 400 - Advanced (Perfeccionamiento) Spanish
University of Barcelona (UB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Spanish 400 Spanish 8 110 Spanish 300 or equivalent


This course focuses particularly on communicative strategies in the formal register. Emphasis will also be placed on text production (coherence, cohesion and appropriateness) and students will be helped to develop their writing skills in the formal and informal registers, that is, the strategies used in discussion and the formal register of debate: exposition, giving opinions, arguing, counterarguments and summing up.


1. The indicative verb system: standard uses and dislocation.

2. Modal uses of the subjunctive.

3. The attributive system in Spanish and pseudo-copulative structures.

4. Situational and textual deixis. Quantifiers. Comparisons.

5. Expressing impersonality. Structures and functions.

6. Word order and dislocation.

7. Direct and indirect speech: the change of perspective.

8. Concept and limits of verb clauses. Time, aspect and mood.

9. Juxtaposition, coordination and subordination: presence/absence of connectors.
Discourse markers.


• ALARCOS LLORACH, E., (1980), Estudios de gramática funcional del español, Madrid,
• FERNÁNDEZ, J. - FENTE, R. - SILES J., (1995), Curso intensivo de español: Gramática,
Madrid, SGEL.
• MILLARES, S., (1995), Método español para extranjeros. Nivel superior, Madrid,
• ROJO, G., (1974), "La temporalidad verbal en español", Verba,1, pp. 68-149.

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