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

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Spanish Language 400 Spanish 12 210 Spanish 300 or equivalent

1. Course Description

This level is for students who already have a good foundation in the Spanish language; the course aims to improve and strengthen their oral and written communication strategies. In addition, it extends the contact with different texts and deepens
grammatical knowledge. The emphasis is on policy issues.  The course includes oral presentations oral so as to enhance the student's ability to comfortably use the language outside the classroom.
2. Overall purpose and objectives 

    A. Purpose: to achieve the maximum range of linguistic competence. Upon completion, students should be able to speak and write in Spanish with correct fluently and participate without difficulty in a wide range of communicative situations, both formal and informal. 

    B. Course Objectives
    1. Incorporate own grammatical and lexical knowledge level 
    2. Contextualizing grammatical elements from the point of view of real communication. 
    3. Emphasize the relationship between language and culture, so that the student understands that learning a language is key to accessing a culture.

3. Contents

Unit 1

Introduction to the phonetic, morphosyntactic and lexical Spanish River Plate. Review of Imperfect contrast-CV. Contrast be-being. Uses and functions Article. Uses emphatic. Prepositions. Pronominalization. Review Mode times Indicative and Subjunctive Mode.

Unit 2

Indicative and subjunctive mode (continued). Conditional phrases. Other ways of expressing the condition (+ infinitive prerequisite with Present Subjunctive Mode, etc.). Concessive sentences. Other ways to express the relationship concessive: with intensifier type (with) so that even / even + gerund, and that it + Indicative, etc..

Unit 3

Uses of 'se' integration. The passive voice. Passive 'se'. The impersonal sentences.
Impersonal 'se'. Review: direct and indirect style.

Unit 4

Relative clauses. Extension of use. Review of the uses of the ways relative clauses. Use of prepositions. Contrast-through. The verb combinations: integration. Building and informal language phrases. Regulations: Rules accentuation.

3.1. Cultural content

As was previously mentioned, one of the objectives of the course is to emphasize the relationship between language and culture. We understand that for the student of a foreign language necessary to incorporate the cultural norms of the linguistic community that uses the language goal. In this sense, the cultural component through the course in the form of "cultural units" such as texts, films, songs, visits to museums, etc.

4. Teaching Material

Workbook: Advanced Level Intensive Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universidad de Belgrano.

5. Methodology

We will work with different types of written and oral exercises, reading comprehension and analysis of different texts, written work, oral presentations, debates, songs, games;
projection sequence Argentine films in Spanish with subtitles. The Department of Spanish as a foreign language has also a Language Laboratory that is available for student use.

6. Evaluation

The activity that takes place in the classroom should be complemented by the performance of tasks the house. Students also give short written productions. In allocating end points, the item includes participation from performing any work home, the compositions, and all other forms of intervening actively in the class students
exercise. The assessment of students is done through a final oral and written examination.

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