Spanish Language II: High Advanced (Lengua Española II: Nivel Avanzado Alto)

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language II: High Advanced (Lengua Española II: Nivel Avanzado Alto)

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    High Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Lengua Española II (nivel avanzado alto)
    (Spanish Language II: High Advanced)
    Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos

    Curso : 1



    This course is aimed towards advanced Spanish-speakers who will develop their language skills in both written and spoken Spanish. Specific relevance is given to the use of language in context, and therefore the course will particularly focus on cultural aspects of its use in Spain. The course aims to: Develop the student's capability to think about the language and apply strategies that allows for the improvement of the learning process. Easily understand a conversation or presentation on general topics, gathering the main ideas and recognizing basic differences of registry and attitudes and intentions of the speaker. Intervene in conversations, debates or presentations about general topics, adequatly using the formal or informal registry with an appropriate use of the Spanish language. Understand information from different types of texts, identifying characteristics and specific aims. Write with clarity, coherence and correct grammar events related to their environment using the appropriate registry, vocabulary, particles and stylistic resources of the language.


    Description of Course (subject to change): 


    Communicative functions of day-to-day interactions indispensable in an immersion context: greetings, goodbyes, meet up, ask and give permission... Uses of the imperative Uses of the impersonal forms Map of the verbal forms Use of the future and future perfect to suppose the present and past of the present Use of the conditional and perfect conditionalto suppose the past and the past of the past Norms of use of the subjunctive in formulating wishes and goals Use of the subjunctive to declare an opinion or question what others think Use of the subjunctive to comment and evaluate information. Use of the subjunctive to identify objects, places, forms, times or quantities Practice of all the other verbal forms of the indicative and subjunctive.

    Talk about the past in different registries and text typologies. Contrast of all other past times. Resources to react at a story. Interjections and exclamations. Resources to organize a story: time particles and speech organizers. Referencing the time development of an action. Verbal circumlocution with infinitive, gerund and participle.


    Conditional sentences:

    • Possible: Present indicative. Future indicative. Imperative.
    • Improbable or against present reality: imperfect subjunctive. Simple conditional.
    • Against past reality. Lament and resent. Pluperfect subjunctive. Complex conditional.

    Transmit words and information from other written and spoken contexts. Referred speech: correlation between verbs. Introduction verbs.



    Extract essential information from real informative documents, such as press articlees, news, etc. to summarize. Write letters in a formal and informal registry appropriatly using vocabulary, particles and stylistic resources. Write a narrative text with real events or imaginary texts taking place in the past. Write an argumentative text introducing ideas or subjective points of view, defending them and rejecting the ones considered mistaken, coordinating and organizing the elements and parts of the text with coherence, cohesion and adequacy.



    The course will explore current topics related to different aspects of Spanish culture and situation, according to their relevance and interest shown by the students, with the aim of expanding their knowledge, stimulating thoughts and confronting the reality different from their own.


    Assessment System:

    The course evaluation is the following:

    • Two/three midterms (30-35%).
    • Final exam on the whole course content (55-60%).
    • Daily homework, participation and attendance (10%). 

    CEH attendance policy:

    Full attendance is required, including the last day. Absence justifications should be directed towards the Carlos III International School for their approval by the student's program coordinator. Absences that are not justified have the following penalizations:

    • First unjustified absence subtracts 0,3 points.
    • Second unjustified absence subtracts 0,5 points.
    • Three unjustified absences entail failing the course.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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