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Spanish - 300 B2.2 High Intermediate Spanish
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Four to five semesters of college level Spanish. Placement test required.
Student achieving this level are able to handle literary texts and documents on any
subject in their field of interest, and write complex texts with very few errors. This the
equivalent to the Council of Europe definition of Vantage Level.
To succeed at this level student must demonstrate their capacity for linguistic activity
that allows them to cover the following objectives in all the basic skills with a sufficient
level of communicational effectiveness:
— Use a broad knowledge of the formal aspects of language to achieve a high degree
of precision and appropriateness, both in comprehension and expression.
— Understand overall meaning (capture the main ideas) and gain a deeper
understanding of theatre plays, films, songs, TV programmes as well as messages or
news in the media.
— Understand spoken messages face to face or without the presence of the speaker
and when ambiental noise, speed and pronunciation are unmodified.
— Understand the attitudes, moods and intentions of the people speaking, and the
relationship between them.
— Respond immediately and appropriately in different circumstances.
— Produce more extensive texts with diverse objectives and functions, organising the
ideas and information coherently and comprehensively, showing precision of
expression and a command of the different registers.
— Show a certain command of the use and social conventions of the language and the
— Write clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of topics
including those in their specialist area, highlighting the most significant aspects to
— Use a broad vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions as well as a variety of
connectors and textual markers.
— Make correct use of the most usual phonemes and suprasegmental features of oral
— Take part in debates and discussions on topics of general interest or news with
sufficient fluency and spontaneity, showing good capacity for arguing a case.
— Use linguistic and learning strategies to reflect on and correct the main shortfalls in
expression and comprehension.
— Understand and use expressions and idioms used frequently in formal and informal
— use broad knowledge of the formal aspects of language to achieve a high degree of
precision and appropriateness, both in comprehension and expression.
— Understand the main ideas and extract specific information from different types of
texts (informative, literary, etc.) showing an appreciation of the differences in style and
— Identify the function and typology of a text or document, as well as the intention of
the author or emitter.
— Read and understand a broad range of extensive non-specialist texts.
— Produce more extensive texts with more diverse functions, organising the ideas
coherently and comprehensively, showing precision of expression and a certain
command of the different registers.
—Show a certain command of the use and social conventions of the language and its
— Make use of a broad vocabulary including idiomatic expressions as well as a variety
of connectors and textual markers.
— Use the resources and materials at available with ease and efficiency to increase
knowledge and resolve doubts.
— Use linguistic and learning strategies to reflect on and correct errors and
shortcomings in expression and comprehension.
Understand and use frequent expressions, idioms and saying in both formal and
—Read written texts aloud with correct pronunciation.
— Take notes from long presentations (conferences, talks, classes, speeches...) un
— Write reports from spoken or written information from notes taken previously, in
— Synthesise or summarise the information from an exhibitive text, oral or written, in
In this course the functions encountered in the five previous courses are reviewed,
consolidated, looked at in more depth and enriched with nuances and more precision.
— Use the appropriate register for every communicative situation.
— Give and ask for information on any subject: request and give confirmation of
specific dates, express conformity and unconformity, etc.
— Talk about facts and events making precise time references.
— Explain hypothetical situations referring to the present and the past.
— Define words and concepts.
— Express any kind of feeling or mood.
— Express rights, obligations and prohibitions.
— Express attitudes: express opinions and points of view; ask others for their opinions
with cohesive and well-organised personal reasons, justification or arguments.
— Evaluate things or ideas using comparisons and expressive figures.
— Evaluate actions and their consequences.
— Talk about own abilities and the abilities of others.
— Explain proposals and plans of action.
— Propose projects to be carried out jointly.
— Ask for permission and give it with conditions.
— Structure the discourse: open and close oral and written discourse; emphasise,
summarise, appropriately structure the sentence and discourse (dialogue, written text,
— Ensure and resume communication: ask for and offer to repeat, confirm or clarify
things; express doubts; use strategies for ensuring efficient and fluent communication.
— Ask for and give clarification on formal and grammatical aspects of Spanish.
— Alluding to a subject (in a formal register).
In this course the grammatical functions encountered in the five previous courses are
reviewed, consolidated, looked at in more depth and enriched with nuances and more
— Structures using the neuter article lo.
— Reflecting on the presence/absence of the article.
Nouns and adjectives:
— Substantives and adjectives: special cases (individual and collective nouns, etc).
— Word formation: prefixes, suffixes, compounds, origins, cultisms, borrowed
— Position of the adjective.
— Uses and contrasts of the different indicative/subjunctive tenses.
— Composite conditional.
— Special use of the conditional: future in the past.
— Comparative hypothetical structures: como si + subjunctive.
— Pronominal verbs (ocurrírsele…)
— Colloquial use of the imperfect tense.
— Constructions using the infinitive: “De saber que...”/ “De haberlo sabido...”
— Prepositional verbs: contribuir a, servir para…
— Composite gerund.
— Impersonal verbs.
— Uses of the passive voice.
— Adverbs ending in –mente: discursive organisers (indudablemente).
— Adverbial conditional expressions: con tal de que, excepto que, salvo que, en caso
— Adverbial phrases: ojalá + subjunctive.
— Consolidation of relative pronouns with or without prepositions (con el que...).
— Use of the neuter pronoun lo.
— Pronominal constructions: venirle a la memoria…
— Prepositional expressions: a propósito de, con relación a…
— Consolidation of the use of conjunctions introducing subordinated clauses.
— Use of punctuation marks.
— Rules for accents.
Standard language and its use:
— Ambits and characteristics of written and spoken language.
— Characteristics of the registers in use in communications channels.
— Some characteristics of colloquial/formal registers.
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
— A. GONZÁLEZ, J. R. CUENOT, M. SÁNCHEZ ALFARO, Gramática de español lengua
— F. Castro, Uso de la gramática española (nivel elemental), Edelsa.
— L. Gómez Torrego, Gramática didáctica del español, Ediciones SM.
— 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.