Spanish Language

Universidad de Málaga

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language

  • Host University

    Universidad de Málaga

  • Location

    Málaga, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Nivel: A1

    - To know andunderstand the basic morphosyntactic and functions and the contents of this level.
    - To use more usual connectors to link words and simple sentences.
    - To know Spanish phonemes and some commonly used and general ortographic rules.
    - To acquire clear and understantable pronunciation, although the speaker must concentrate on it.
    - To be able of spelling easily and copy short sentences.
    - To know and understand contents and basic situations to introduce oneself, greet others and say goodbye.
    - To be capable of asking and give basic information about people, objects, animals and places, real or imaginary.
    - To be able to ask something to somebody and respond correctly to petitions.
    - To understand and use the necessary element to carry out descriptions and introductions about oneself, other people and daily aspects.
    - To understand and carry out simple and short questions and instructions, related to space, time, and immediate or daily needs.
    - To understand and use basic procedures to express likes/dislikes, interest, desires and feelings.
    - To understand pieces of information, speeches, tests, well articulated and short messages, as well as frequently used expressions.
    - To know basic strucutres to write phrases, sentences and very simple and concfrete texts.
    - To know and use the basic vocabulary related to the concrete situations specified in the contents and functions section.
    - To be capable of appreciating the correct pragmatic accuracy in the use of simple polite expressions related to greetings, farewell and introductions.
    - To reach a basic knowledge about geography of Spain and Latinamerican countries.
    - To know and appreciate the most important Hispanic traditions and socialand cultural events, together with their most representatives characters..

    2.1 Communicative function
    - To introduce oneself;
    - To greet and say goodbye;
    - Give personal in formation;
    - To ask and give phone numbers;
    - To express existence or absence;
    - To ask and say the time;
    - To ask and answer about dates;
    - To ask for directions;
    - To ask for a favor;
    - To ask for permission;
    - To express the possibility or impossibility to do something;
    - To express a need;
    - To express an obligation;
    - To ask about products or ítems and their price;
    - To express amounts;
    - To express desires and intentions;
    - To express likes and interests;
    - To talk about preferences;
    - To talk about the weather;
    - To express physical and emotional feelings;
    - To describe the state of objects;
    - To talk about personal relationships and relatives;
    - To express possession and relation;
    - To describe habitual actions;
    - To express the frequency of actions;
    - To ask for and give an opinion;
    - To express agreement or disagreement;
    - To express doubt or ignorance;
    - To make plans: invite others, accept or refuse invitations, to make an excuse;
    - To talk about future actions;
    - To establish comparisons;
    - To describe an action that is taking place;
    - To ask somebody if they know something and answer with positive or negative sentence.
    - To speak about past experiences that lead to the present.
    - To ask and respond positively or negatively if an action has been completed.
    - To ask and respond if someone has ever done something
    - To ask for silence
    - To express when in pain

    2.2 Morphosyntactic contents
    - Gender and number;
    - Gender and number;
    - Concordance with the noun;
    - Apocope: buen, mal, primer, tercer y gran;
    - Degrees of adjectives;
    Suffixes and prefixes;
    Most common synomyms and antonyms;
    - Definite and indefinite article;
    - Contractions: al and del;
    - Demonstrative articles: este, a, os, as; aquel, aquella, os, as;
    - Possessive (adjectives);
    - Numeral and ordinal (until décimo);
    - Indefinite(most common);
    - personal pronoun subject;
    - personal pronoun direct object;
    - personal pronoun indirect object (used with some verbs: molestar, afectar, divertir, asombrar?);
    - Reflexive pronouns;
    - Interrogative and exclamative pronouns;
    - present tense of the verb ser, morphology and uses: identification, nationality, origin and occupation, description, possession and relation, chronological time;
    - present tense of the verb estar, morphology and uses: greeting, location, states and temporary activities;
    - basic differences between ser and estar;
    - non-personal form hay and hace;
    - present tense of indicative mode of regular verbs, ending in : -ar, -er, -ir.
    * Uses of present tense;
    - Present tense of irregular verbs;
    - Reflexive verbs;
    - Pseudoimpersonal verbs + noun / infinitive: gustar, encantar, doler, apetecer e interesar;
    - Impersonal verbs llover and nevar;
    - Present tense of estar + gerund. Irregular gerunds;
    - Immediate future;
    - Present perfect, morphology and uses: irregular past participles;
    - verbs querer, desear, necesitar, poder, preferir + infinitive;
    - verbal periphrasis that express obligation: tener que + infinitive y deber + infinitive;
    - quantity: muy, mucho, nada, poco, bastante, demasiado; también, tampoco;
    - time: ya , todavía (no), aún (no);
    - place: aquí, allí;
    - adverbs and adverbial phrases that express frequency;
    - basic uses of the following prepositions: a, en, de, con, por, para;
    - place prepositional phrases.

    2.3 III. Lexical-semantic contents
    - Most frequently used vocabulary when introducing the alphabet;
    - Countries and nationalities; some names of inhabitants of a country;
    - profesiones;
    - Communication control resources in the classroom.;
    - Lexicon of the classroom;
    - numerals: ordinals (1 - 1000) and cardinals (primero ? décimo);
    - Days of the week, months of the year and seasons.;
    - Description of objects: size, shape, material and color;
    - Description of physicl aspects and character.
    - Expressiones that begin with the verb ¨tener¨: heat, cold, hunger, a fever, thirst, to be carfeul, fear, dreams, feel like doing something, to be in a hurry.
    - Vocabulary of the home
    - Cronological order: time, parts of the day and night
    - Climate
    - Verbs that deal with confusion: to go, to come, to bring (llevar/traer), to know conocer/saber),
    - Cardinal direction
    - Landscape elements.
    - Family
    - Clothes
    - Names of different types of shops; names of the different sections in a dept. store.
    - The human body
    - Food and drinks
    - Hobbies and leisure activities
    - Travel
    - Transportation
    - Means of communication
    - Money: coins, bills, checks
    2.4. Phonetic and ortographical contents
    - introduction of the phonemes;
    - pronunciation practice: syllabic structure and stress in words;
    - intonation practice of learned communicative functions.

    - the alphabet;
    - cases of significant difficulty: gue / gui, b / v y c / z;
    - presence and absence of the letter h.

    - Some punctuation marks: @, ¡...!, ¿...?, ...
    - Introduction and basic use of some punctuation marks.

    2.5. Communication situations
    The student should be able to cope with the following situations:
    - the first day of class
    - in the secretary´s office
    - in spanish class
    - looking for a place to live
    - in a city that you know
    - shopping; going shopping
    - at a market: buying products
    - at a bar
    - at a restaurant
    - with family
    - with colleagues and new friends
    - telephone conversations
    - at an appointment
    - at the bank
    - at a travel agency
    - at the train/bus station

    2.6. Sociocultural contents
    The student should be able to offer information about:

    - Names and surnames
    - Manners of treatment
    - Normal social behavior

    o hospitality
    o interest in other people´s well being;
    o manners
    o compliments
    o show admiration towards something we are shown;

    - Countries and cities in Spain and Latin America
    - Spanish timetable
    - Popular holidays in Spain and Latin America
    - Presentations of famous Spanish and Latin American people
    - Culinary traditions
    - Music
    - Cinema
    - Social and familial events: birthdays, Saint´s days, invitations?
    - Family relations and friendships

    2.6. Pragmatic contents
    - Greetings and goodbyes: formal / informal;
    - Introduction: formal / informal;
    - Treatment fixed expressions;
    - Basic politeness expressions: por favor y gracias;
    - Basic formulas to start a linguistic interaction with a stranger: oye / oiga;
    - Basic expressions to apologize: perdón / lo siento;
    - formulas to stress negation or refusal: ¡qué va!;
    - formulas to encourage action:¡venga!;
    - formulas to stress positive statements: ¡vale!, ¡claro!;
    - formula to ask for confirmation of information (question tags): ¿de verdad?;
    - Formulas for justification: es que?;
    - Formulas for phone conversations: dígame, ¿si?, ¿está?..., ¿me pone con...?;
    - Introduction of some basic gestual elements;
    - Proxemics of social relations;
    - Suffixes that express affection: cariñito, gordito, feillo;
    - Main exclamative expressions: ¡ay!, ¡chissstt!, ¡ah!, ¡huyyyy!, ¡uf!

    2.7. Development of the four skills

    Reading Comprehension
    The student must be able to read:

    - simple announcements/ advertising
    - a menu
    - simple and adapted explanatory texts
    - present indicative descriptions
    - simple informational texts about general themes
    - simple instructions in present indicative
    - a travel brochure
    - information panels
    - a letter/ postcard
    - an email/ a message
    - signs and simple notices
    - a short story
    - a recipe in present indicative

    Written Expression
    The student must be able to:

    - Fill out forms
    - Describe your personal circumstances: family, city, friends, home, lifestyle
    - Write explantory, descriptive texts
    - Write notes or messages
    - Write an email, a message, a letter and a postcard

    Listening comprehension
    - The student, consequently, will be able to understand:
    - Personal information;
    - Dialogues in daily situations;
    - Questions asked in the classroom and in habitual communicative situations.
    - Information and questions about the present and about the past related to present;
    - Information and questions about their immediate future;
    - Clear, easy, slowly uttered instructions and indications in the present tense;
    - Simple advertisement.

    - Oral interaction

    The student will:
    - Be able to express themselves and understand basic information in different situations of daily life: a bar, on the street, an office, a bank?;
    - Be able to participate in a conversation about a daily situation;
    - Understand a native speaker who Spears clearly and who will repeat the information if necessary:
    - Be able to ask for a thing or an action;
    - Understand simple instructions;
    - To understand questions about personal circumstances;
    - Understand and respond to direct questions about personal information in an interview;

    - Oral expression

    The student will have to:
    - To elaborate a simple and short introduction about a topic seen in class;
    - To speak of habitual actions in the present tense;
    - To speak about personal circumstances;
    - To speak about onself;
    - To tell about actions ocurred in the past and related to the present;
    - To sepak about immediate future actions..

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