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Spanish - 300 B2.1 High Intermediate Spanish
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Four semesters or six quarters of college level Spanish. Placement test required.
On completing this course, students should be able to:
— Understand without any difficulty any conversation between native speakers on nonspecialist themes, in standard register.
— Follow an oral presentation in an academic environment on subject included in their
studies (lectures, conferences, presentation and contributions by colleagues in the
classroom), write and summarise information from notes taken during the class.
— Understand the overall meaning and extract specific information for different types of
oral and written texts.
— Recognise the basic differences in formal and colloquial registers.
— Recognise attitudes and moods in a speaker from intonation, gestures, rhythm, etc.
— Understand genuine literary texts by contemporary authors, both Spanish ad Latin
American, with some lack of vocabulary.
— Extract the main information from texts related to their professional, studies or any
other kind of informative document.
— Take part in conversations, discussions, debates, etc. on general subject matters,
adjusting the discourse to the required register, formal or informal, with an appropriate
control of the Spanish language and recognising idiomatic expressions appropriate to
— Speak about a subject with clarity and coherence for a brief period of time, suing the
appropriate resources for discourse.
—Write with correct spelling and talk with clarity and coherence about facts (past,
present and future) related to their own situation.
— Write texts (personal letters, formal letters, etc), adapting the model and using the
appropriate register, vocabulary and style for each type of text.
— Write a report or essay about a specific subject related to their professional field or
studies using appropriate vocabulary, register and style.
— Reproduce orally and in writing information, opinions and stories from other people.
— Use monolingual dictionaries and other necessary reference works to work
independently in the process of learning.
— Express gratitude.
— Show an interest in someone.
— Encourage and calm someone down.
— Offer congratulations.
— Transmit information, orders and instructions from one person to another.
— Narrate any fact or event or information transmitted bu other people stating the time
references (previousness, simultaneousness, immediacy, etc.).
— Formulate hypotheses referring to the present, the past and the future.
— Describe people, things or processes with a degree of precision and appropriate
shades of meaning (changes that have occurred to people and things).
— Express different moods: happiness, sadness, resignation, satisfaction, anger, hope,
— Reproach, complain.
— Show interest or rejection.
— Show tastes and sensations.
— Express desires.
— Asking for and giving opinions: show agreement or disagreement with the opinions
— Judge and value people and periods (refute valuations).
— Express conditions and request special conditions.
— Arguing to convince, persuade or induce someone to do something.
— Demanding, insisting on the fulfilment of something.
— Organising a discourse: starting with a topic, enumerating, arguing a case,
summarising, indicating the conclusion.
— Alluding to a subject.
— Asking for and giving explanations about points of grammar.
— Structures with the neuter article 'lo' (lo que yo digo,…).
Nouns and adjectives:
— using adjectives as nouns with the neutral article 'lo' (lo curioso, lo malo,...).
— Contrast between all indicative past tenses.
— Present subjunctive.
— Simple past and imperfect subjunctive.
Past perfect subjunctive.
— Simple and composite conditional tense
— Verbal agreement in the expression of an impossible condition (“Si lo hubiera
sabido,…”) using the particle si.
— Future perfect.
— Use of verbs 'ser' and 'estar' to express different meanings: ser listo / estar listo.
— Pronominal verbs.
— Gerund: expressing a condition.
— Verbs of change: convertirse en/a , llegar a ser, etc.
— Prepositional verbs: preocuparse por, acordarse de,...
— Phrasal verbs:
· estar a punto de + infinitive (“Está a punto de llegar”)
· seguir + gerund (“Sigue fumando”)
· llevar + gerund” (“Llevo diez horas trabajando”)
· llevar + participle (“Llevaban casados tres años cuando…”)
— Introduction to the passive voice.
— Adverbial conditional expressions: como, siempre que, siempre y cuando, depende
— Adverbial time expressions: así que, en cuanto, antes de que, hasta que, mientras,
mientras tanto, de repente...
— Adverbs ending in –mente: efectivamente.
—Neuter pronouns: esto, eso, aquello, lo (“Eso no lo discute nadie”).
— Extension of the use of prepositions and prepositional sayings (por tanto, por si
acaso, por cierto…).
— Extension of conjunctional expression of subordination.
Our grading system takes into consideration the student's progression through the
course: continuous assessment (30%) - and if the student achieves the course
objectives or not - final exam (70%).
? Continuous Assessment:
Tests. During the course some of the exercises will be rated: Reading
comprehension, listening comprehension and written expression.
Students will be tested twice during the course: prior to the mid-term and during
the second part of the course. These tests will be conducted as class exercises
and not as partial exams, that is with no prior notification.
Evaluation of the learning progression, participation in class and attendance.
By the middle of the course, there will be a mid-term report with information from
the first part of the course. These reports will be delivered to students and will be
discussed individually in personal tutorials that will take place during class
? Exam and Certification
The final exam consists of 5 sections. Students must complete at least 50% of each in
order to pass.
Writing 15 points
Speaking 15 points
Reading Comprehension 15 points
Listening Comprehension 15 points
Grammar and Vocabulary 10 points
Total 70 points
The result in the exam (70 points) combined with the continuous assessment (30
points) result in the following grading:
Fail 0 – 6,49
Pass 6,50 – 7,49
Good 7,50 – 8,99
Excellent* 9,00 – 10,00
*Excellent is reserved to exceptional cases.
Those students who achieve 6.50 or more will get the corresponding certificate
of the level.
— E. Martín, N. Sans, N. Quintana, Gente 3 (libro del alumno), Editorial Difusión.
— E. Martín, N. Sans, N. Quintana, Gente 3 (libro de trabajo), Editorial Difusión.
Recommended complementary reading
To be decided.
— A. GONZÁLEZ, J. R. CUENOT, M. SÁNCHEZ ALFARO, Gramática de español lengua
— F. Castro, Uso de la gramática española (nivel elemental), Edelsa.
— R. Sarmiento, Gramática progresiva, SGEL.
— L. Gómez Torrego, Gramática didáctica del español, Ediciones SM.
— F. Castro et al., Castro, Aprende gramática y vocabulario 3, SGEL.
— Diccionario de español para extranjeros, Ediciones SM.
— Diccionario para la enseñanza de la lengua española (español para extranjeros),
Universidad de Alcalá – Editorial Vox.
— Diccionario abreviado de uso del español actual, SGEL.