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Spanish: Specific Grammar Problems (CH1011)
Universidad Antonio Nebrija Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Spanish 100 Spanish 3 45 One semester of college level Spanish is recommended


To be able to describe countries, cities, and people in the past tense. Be able to give instructions and to speak in the future tense. Become familiar with Spanish culture and customs.


33% attendance and participation in class
The student will be evaluated both on his/her knowledge of the subject area, and his/her active participation in and out of class. The methodology used in class demands a daily participation from the student in the following points:
-correction of exercises
-activities that focus on vocabulary and grammar
-oral activities (individually, in pairs or in groups) in order to practice the grammatical content. Fluency, the correction of grammar, and the enrichment of vocabulary will be taken into consideration.

33% daily work
The student will complete the following assignments outside of class:
-grammar exercises to practice content
-reading of the textbook (reading comprehension)
-compositions to practice the vocabulary and the grammatical content (written expression)
-verbal commentaries about the text (verbal expression)

34 % written exams
The final grade will be the result of the combination of daily work, class participation, and exams. The final grade may be altered for excessive absences.

***IMPORTANT*** Class attendance is required. Any unexcused absences will negatively affect your final grade.

People Who Work
Past Perfect: form and use
Regular Participles
Frequency: Once, twice, etc.
Value: good, bad, ok
Present the verb "saber"
Sí, pero
Sí, y también
Give and understand information about personal experiences
Understand job notices
Express opinions about advantages and disadvantages of different professions
Talk about abilities and qualities
Give information and ask about people's experiences
Make a proposal and defend it
Accept and reject a proposal
Names of professions
Professional characteristics
Personal information and experiences relative to a profession
Actions and abilities
Making a resumé

People who eat well
Weights and measurements
"Poco" and "un poco"
"Nada, ningún, ninguna"
"Demasiados, muchos, etc." Quantities.
"se"the impersonal use
Sequences, "primero, después, luego, al final"
Buy basic foods
Be in a restaurant and order; ask for information about a specific dish
Describe good eating habits
Understand a recipe
Give and understand instructions
Foods and containers
Kitchen: ingredients and recipes
Typical dishes and ingredients

People who travel
Phrases and uses of: "todavía, todavía no, ya, estar en, estar entre. y, pasar por, llegar a, estar a x Km de"
"Dea" "desdehasta"
"En" + form of transportation
"Ir a" + infinitive
"Quisiera" + infinitive
Understand places of a route, future actions, common phrases on a telephone
Ask for and give informationtime and date
Common phrases at a hotel
Routes (distances, form of transport, origin and destination)
Reserving tickets and hotels
Argue advantages and inconveniences
Trips and routes
Forms of communication
Breakdowns and other car problems
Hotel reservations

People of the city
"I like/dislike, seems to me, I agree with/don't agree with"
"Es urgente/fundamental/" + infinitive
Understand and respond to a questionnaire
Make judgments, establish personal priorities, and talk about your priorities
Describe a city
Make judgments and comparisons
Express opinions: "acuerdo y desacuerdo"
Express likes and wishes
Make proposals and defend them
The city: public services, transportation, culture, leisure activities, ecology, climate, commercial and industrial aspects, population, society and history.

People at home
Contrast "tu" and "Ud."
"Estar" + gerund
"Qué tal" + name?
"Qué + (name) + (adjective)!"
"Por que no?"
Visiting friends
Describe houses/living environments
Ask for and give directions
Offer things
Give instructions
Ask for and give permission
Make presentations
Invite and accept (or reject) invitations
Greet and say goodbye
Give and follow instructions
The house
The city

People and history
Preterit Indefinite (regular verbs): ser, tener, estar
Preterit Imperfect (ser, ir)
Contrast perfect and indefinite verbs
Uses of the imperfect tense
Relate to past events
Understand information from personal diaries
Relate facts with knowledge of history
Date past events
Important dates in one's personal life
Describe the past
Describe your day to someone
Structure a biographical text
Speak of conditions and circumstances
Historical events
Daily routine
Phases of a biography: ages, education, personal life
Historical political events


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