Spanish Language - Intermediate

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language - Intermediate

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish

  • Language Level

    Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    90
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    8
  • Overview

    LEVEL B1.1

     

    INTRODUCTION

    On completing this course, student should be able to:

    — Improve their level of accuracy in pronunciation and intonation in Spanish.
    — Use Spanish to interact appropriately in the classroom, recognising the communication mechanisms in operation there.
    — Extract specific information from brief oral messages broadcast in public places.
    — Participate appropriately in everyday conversations, both face-to-face and by telephone.
    — Recognise moods from the way in which speakers express themselves and react appropriately.
    — Understand in general terms the information in texts about general subjects.
    — Understand and extract specific information from real information documents (posters, advertisements, informative leaflets, events listings, press articles, etc.).
    — Read aloud with a reasonable degree of accuracy texts written by themselves or by others.
    — Narrate, orally or in writing, past, present or future events, organising the information adequately.
    — Write letters, personal notes and postcards in an informal style.
    — Develop basic strategies for comprehension and expression: deduce the meaning of a word from its context, relate words with common roots, etc.
    — Take notes and transcribe oral messages.
    — Extend knowledge of social and cultural aspect that encourages integration of the student into their learning environment.
    — Consolidate the use of the bilingual dictionary and begin to use a monolingual dictionary.

     

    LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS

    Social function
    — Use conventional forms to ask for permission and to ask for a favour.
    — Say goodbye.

    Informative function
    — Describe and identify people or objects that could be in a group.
    — Ask someone what sort of mood they are in and tell them what mood you are in.
    — Request and give information about public transport (timetables, activities, location, etc.), travelling inside and out of the city (means of transport, timetables, services, distances, prices, etc.).
    — Talk about projects or future intentions explaining the conditions.
    — Formulate hypotheses and suppositions from real or possible events.
    — Situate an event or a story in time by ordering the parts (ask and say when something happened and in what order the events took place).
    — Talk about daily activities in the present and past tenses, explaining the circumstances.
    — Transmit information about one person to another.

    Expressive function
    — Express pleasure and displeasure.
    — Expressing surprise.
    — Express interest or indifference.
    — Offer someone encouragement.
    — Express doubt or certainty.
    — Express annoyance or irritation.

    Evaluative function
    — Express tastes and preferences. Compare them with others.
    — Expressing agreement or disagreement with someone or about something.
    — Express and ask for opinions.
    — Accept the opinion or reasoning of others.

    Inductive function
    — Offer to do something.
    — Invite someone to do something. Accepting or refusing an invitation. Make a date with someone.
    — Demand something, order someone to do something. Express prohibition.
    — Express an intention to do something and ask someone what they intend doing.
    — Ask for and give advice.
    — Warn someone of something.
    — Ask for, give or deny permission.
    — Make a complaint.

    Meta-linguistic function
    — Take someone's word for something.
    — To counter-question and ask something again.
    — Enumerate and order the principles of an argument.
    — Express certainty about an announcement.

     

    GRAMMATICAL CONTENT

    Determinants
    — Indefinite pronouns: revision and consolidation.
    — Neuter demonstratives: use and syntax.
    — Indefinite pronouns: revision and consolidation.
    — Grades of meaning: revision and consolidation.

    Nouns and adjectives
    — Gender and number: revision and extension. Special cases: el cava, el idioma…
    — use of some adjectives with the verbs ―ser‖ and ―estar‖.
    — Nouns derived from adjectives: leal/lealtad, etc.

    Verbs
    — Verbs with emphatic pronouns: apetecer, doler, molestar, indignar, preocupar…
    — Future verb forms: revision and consolidation.
    — Negative imperative of regular and irregular verbs. Use of ―tú‖ and ―usted‖ in imperative forms.
    — Contrast between the simple past and the indefinite past: revision and consolidation.
    — Imperfect tense of regular and irregular verbs: different uses.
    — Contrast between the three indicative past tenses (perfect, indefinite and imperfect).
    — Frequently used prepositional verbs: quedarse en, llamar desde, quedar con, pasar por…
    — Simple conditional of frequently used regular and irregular verbs.
    — Verbal agreements in the expression of a possible or probable condition with the particle si ("Si tengo dinero…").
    — Verbs which use pronominal constructions: caerle bien/mal a alguien, llevarse bien/mal con alguien.
    — Present subjunctive of frequently used regular and irregular verbs.
    — Time expressions using cuando + indicative/subjunctive.

    Adverbs
    — Adverbs of state: así, de esa manera, en absoluto…
    — Adverbs of time: aún (no), todavía (no), dentro de, ya.
    — Adverbs of doubt: quizá/s, tal vez, a lo mejor, probablemente…

    Pronouns
    — Combination of DO and IO pronouns (enclytic and proclytic): dímelo/ no me lo digas...
    — Emphatic pronouns: a mí me..., a ti te...; revision and consolidation.
    — Reflexive pronouns: revision and consolidation.
    — Que: revision and consolidation.
    — Interrogative pronouns: contrasting qué/cuál.

    Prepositions
    — Revision and extension of propositions and preprepositional elements: en, con, sin, por, para, desde, a, hasta, hacia, entre...
    — Interrogative particles with prepositions: a quién, por quién, por dónde, desde dónde, desde cuándo...

    Conjunctions
    — Frequently used conjunctions.