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Writing in Spanish
University of Barcelona (UB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Spanish Intermediate and Advanced Spanish 1 20 Two to three semesters of college level Spanish is recommended


The course “Writing in Spanish” is designed to teach students the skills necessary to interpret and create written texts of a range of types and genres, focusing on the planning, writing and checking processes. The course is aimed at intermediate and advanced students.


1. Introduction to text composition: planning, writing and revising
1.1. From brainstorming to conceptual maps and text structure
1.2. From sentence to paragraph, from paragraph to text
1.3. Style and spelling

2. Text types and genres
2.1. Narrative texts: news
2.2. Narrative-descriptive texts: short stories and thrillers; travel accounts
2.3. Expository texts: texts presenting ideas
2.4. Business Spanish: curriculum vitae and letters for job application

3. Connectors
3.1. Connectors making an additional point
3.2. Reformulations
3.3. Connectors expressing consequences

4. Discourse strategies
4.1. Making language more impersonal

5. Register
5.1. Accuracy: accents
5.2. Lexical precision


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BADOS, C. (2001): Textos literarios y ejercicios. Nivel avanzado, Madrid, Anaya.
BADOS, C. (2001): Textos literarios y ejercicios. Nivel superior, Madrid, Anaya.
HERNÁNDEZ, G. y RELLÁN, C. (1998): Aprendo a escribir 2. Narrar y describir, Madrid, SGEL, 2000
HERNÁNDEZ, G. y RELLÁN, C. (1999): Aprendo a escribir 3. Exponer y argumentar, Madrid, SGEL , 2002
MONTOLÍO, E. (coord.) (2000): Manual práctico de escritura académica, vols. I, II y III, Barcelona, Ariel.

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