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Spanish 400 - Superior Spanish
University of Belgrano
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Spanish 400 Spanish 6 100 Spanish 300 or equivalent. Students should have completed or tested out of four semesters or six quarters of college level Spanish.

Spanish 400 - Superior Spanish

1. Course Description

This level is for students who have a solid foundation of linguistic-communicative competency with the goal of becoming proficient in their communicative, oral , and written skills.  The course will also put an emphasis

directed toward students that already possess a good linguistic-communicative competency, with the objective of perfecting and consolidating their communicative, oral and written strategies; likewise, to amplify the contact with different textual classes and to deepen grammatical knowledge. Emphasis is put on normative matters. The student will be guided gradually in the exercise of oral and written production, advancing toward more complicated forms, such as exposition and argumentation. Students will engage in oral presentations throughout the course in order to strengthen their confidence in their speaking abilities and self-correction in conversation.

2.General Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this course is to reach the maximum range of linguistic competency of the students. Upon completing it, the students should be capable of speaking and writing in Spanish with accuracy and fluency and participate without difficulty in a wide range of formal and informal communicative situations.

Course Objectives:
A. Incorporate vocabulary and grammatical knowledge according to the level of Spanish the students possess.
B. Contextualize the grammatical elements from the point of view of real communication.
C. Emphasize the relationship between language and culture, as a way of understanding how one can be learned through the other.

3. Contents

Unit 1:
Presentation of the phonetic characteristics, morphosyntax and Argentine vocabulary. Revision of the difference between Imperfect-Indefinite. Contrast ser and estar. Uses and functions of articles. Emphatic uses. Prepositions. Pronominalization. Revision the Indicative and Subjunctive Moods.

Unit 2
Revision of the Indicative and Subjunctive Moods (continuation). Conditional phrases. Other forms of expressing the condition (de + infinitive, indispensable condition with the Present Subjunctive Mood, etc). Concessive phrases. Other forms of expressing the concessive relationship: with intensifiers such as "(con) lo que, aun/incluso + gerundio, y eso que + Indicative," etc.

Unit 3
Uses of "se": integration. The passive voice. Passive with "se". Impersonal sentences. Impersonal with "se." Revision: direct and indirect style. Other forms of reproducing messages from other people.

Unit 4
Relative sentences. Amplification of the uses. Revision of the uses of moods in relative sentences. Use of prepositions. Contrast para and por. Verbal paraphrases: integration. Construction and expressions of the informal language. Normative: rules of accentuation.

3.1 Cultural Contents:
As stated above, one of the objectives of the course is to emphasize the relationship between language and culture. It is our belief that when studying a foreign language it is imperative that cultural guidelines of the linguistic community are incorporated into the language learning. The cultural components of this course will be integrated through the use of texts, movies, songs, visits to museums, etc…

4. Didactic Material

Advanced Spanish Workbook, Intensive Spanish Courses for Foreigners, Belgrano University.

5. Methods

Students will work on different types of written and oral exercises, lectures, comprehension, and analyze different texts; written productions, oral presentations, debates, songs, games, Argentine movies with Spanish subtitles. The Department of Spanish as a Foreign Language also makes use of the university language lab.

6. Evaluation

Classroom activity will correspond with the homework given. Likewise, the students will complete brief written assignments. In the allocation of final points, participation will include the completion of homework, various compositions, and every other form of active involvement with classroom exercises. Students will also be evaluated by a final oral and written examination.

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