Spanish Language: covering the skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening

Universidad de Granada

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language: covering the skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening

  • Host University

    Universidad de Granada

  • Location

    Granada, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Spanish

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    I. General Objective
    To bring the student to the point of being able to understand and express himself in written and spoken Spanish, through the use of basic language skills, in daily situations that require an exchange of simple and direct information.

    II. Specific Objectives

    A. Oral Comprehension
    To ensure that the student has the capacity of understanding a conversation between native speakers in basic communicational situations, such as simple public announcements.

    B. Oral Expression
    To ensure that the student has the capacity to express himself, through the use of basic linguistic structures, in situations that require a basic communicational exchange.

    C. Reading Comprehension
    To ensure that the student has the capacity of understanding the general meaning of short texts that deal with colloquial or daily themes and whose linguistic structures are basic (ie: public announcements, tourist pamphlets, printed matter, schedules, etc.)

    D. Written Expression
    To ensure that the student has the capacity of writing short texts that reach a certain communicational finality, at the elemental level.

    III. Course Content
    A. Communication
    1. Communication Resources: asking "how do you say"..., "how do you pronounce"...
    2. Establishing Social Relationships.
    2.1 Greetings and Salutations.
    2.2 Introductions.
    2.3 Getting someone's attention.
    2.4 Giving thanks.
    2.5 Asking forgiveness.
    3. Giving and asking for personal information.
    4. Maintaining a phone conversation.
    4.1 Hellos and good-byes.
    4.2 Identifying yourself.
    4.3 Caller identification.
    4.4 Control of telephone communication.
    5. Written communication: letters, postcards.
    6. Referencing situations by objects, people and places.
    7. Describing and identifying people and things.
    8. Expressing values of people and objects.
    8.1 Likes and dislikes.
    8.2 Comparison.
    8.3 Preferences.
    9. Referencing time.
    9.1 Giving and asking information about acts and habitual actions.
    9.2 Giving and asking information about past actions.
    9.3 Giving and asking information about future actions.
    10. Asking forgiveness.
    11. Giving and asking specific information about dates, hours, quantities, numbers, prices, the weather, etc...
    12. Offering and inviting.
    13. Accepting and rejecting.
    14. Asking permission and reacting to pleas of permission.
    15. Asking others to perform an action.
    16. Giving instructions.
    17. Giving advice.
    18. Offering and accepting help.
    19. Expressing the value of acts.
    20. Expressing conditions.

    B. Grammar
    1. General rules about agreement-written and spoken.
    2. Subject pronouns: present/ absent.
    3. Pronouns and interrogative adjectives: qué, quién, dónde...
    4. Interrogative particles with prepositions: de qué, de quién, etc...
    5. Definite and indefinite articles: general uses.
    6. Demonstratives.
    7. Possessives.
    8. Number: cardinals, ordinals, and distributives.
    9. Nouns and adjectives: gender and number.
    10. Quantifiers: mucho, todo, más...
    11. Indefinites: uno, otro, algún...
    12. Identifiers: también/tampoco...
    13. General rules of agreement.
    14. Morphology and uses of morphology.
    14.1 Present Indicative.
    14.2 Past Perfect.
    14.3 Indefinite.
    14.4 Imperfect of the verbs ser, hacer, tener.
    14.5 Future.
    14.6 Conditional.
    14.7 Present Subjunctive.
    14.8 Imperfect Subjunctive.
    15. Contrasting the Past Perfect/ Indefinite/ Imperfect.
    16. Verbs and reflexive pronouns.
    17. Verbs of movement with prepositions.
    18. Basic uses of ser/estar.
    19. Gerunds: morphology and uses. Estar + gerund.
    20. Paraphrasing.
    20.1 ir + a + infinitive.
    20.2 pensar + infinitive.
    20.3 querer + infinitive.
    20.4 poder + infinitive.
    21. Markers of time: hoy, ayer, este mes/ año.
    22. Markers of frequency: alguna vez, varias veces, nunca.
    23. Indirect and indirect objects: order and reduplication.
    24. Form and syntax: gustar, parecer, interesar, encantar.
    25. Commands, negative and affirmative: morphology and uses of morphology.
    26. Conjunctions: y and pero.
    27. Expressing cause: como, porque, lo que pasa es que, etc...
    28. Comparative structures with adjectives, nouns, and verbs.
    29. Basic structures expressing opinion, feelings.

    C. Vocabulary
    1. Social relations: presentations, personal information, professions, relationships.
    2. Public establishments: post offices, banks, telephones.
    3. Trips: means of transportation, airports, stations, departures, arrivals, etc...
    4. Hotels: reservations, rooms, the bill.
    5. House: bedrooms, furniture, buy or rent, etc...
    6. Food: types of, restaurants, markets.
    7. Shopping: clothing, books, etc...
    8. Physical descriptions and describing character.
    9. The weather.
    10. Parts of the day, of the week, months of the year, seasons.
    11. Time.

    D. Cultural Component
    1. Languages and regions of Spain.
    2. Markers of Spanish Identity.
    2.1 Monuments.
    2.2 Relevant Spanish personalities (painters, writers, musicians, singers, politicians, etc...).
    2.3 Food.
    2.4 Customs: schedules, habitual activities.
    2.5 Mentality.
    2.6 Current issues.
    2.7 Cinema and music.
    3. Granada
    3.1 Granada personalities; their associations with the city and streets of Granada.
    3.2 Cultural panorama of Granada; preparations for cultural visits in Granada.
    -Albaycín: the origin of the city.
    -The Alhambra: Arabic Granada.
    -The Cathedral and the Royal Chapel: Renaissance Granada.

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