Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Español para Hispanounidenses)

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Español para Hispanounidenses)

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Español para Hispanounidenses
    (Spanish for Hispanounidenses)

    Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos



    This course is aimed at what the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language has called Hispano-Americans, that is to say, people with origins or ancestry residing in the United States of America and hispanic speech. The main objectives of the course are: to strengthen, deepen and correct the oral and written expression in Spanish in its four language skills, through materials based on current topics that reflect socio-cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. The course aims to: To provide the necessary tools to make the most of the language immersion situation and cultural background in which the students find themselves. To raise awareness and familiarize students with the different linguistic varieties of Spanish. To practice and prepare students to fend themselves in all registers: professional background, academic and daily use (informal).


    Description of Course (subject to change):

    Treatment of specific grammatical and pragmatic aspects that pose difficulties for students who identify with this profile (accentuation, spelling, punctuation, morphological aspects, verbal system). Lexical aspects: property in the use of vocabulary, lexical poverty, vocabulary present in situations of use specific: professional, academic, colloquial. Oral and written discourse: orational and discursive connectors of the formal register, lexical coherence and grammar, analysis of the characteristics of different types of written text.


    Assessment System:

    The evaluation of the course will be done in the following way:

    • Intermediate exams. Two or three intermediate tests will be taken during the course (30-35%)
    • Cumulative final exam on all course contents (55-60%)
    • Daily tasks, participation and attendance (10-15%)

    Attendance policy for CEH courses:
    Daily attendance and active participation in all lectures.  In the event of student's absence, justification should be referred to the UC3M International School via the coordination department of the corresponding student's program.

    Unjustified absences:
    An unjustified absence amounts for 0.3 of final grade
    The second unjustified absence would add up to a 0.5 of final grade
    The third unjustified absence means the student has failed 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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