Spanish Language

Universidad de Málaga

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language

  • Host University

    Universidad de Málaga

  • Location

    Málaga, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    High Beginning

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Nivel: A2

    Review of the communicative functions seen in the previous level and their adaption to this level.

    - to identify themselves: place of origin, nationality, occupation, religión, age, political view;
    - to exchange opinions;
    - to speak about daily life topics;
    - to ask for and offer personal information;
    - to express gratitude;
    - to ask for and give information and clarification of information;
    - to describe people and objects in a simple way;
    - to express likes and preferences;
    - to express possession or relation;
    - to express obligation;
    - to describe briefly about actions of the past;
    - to suggest a plan: to accept or refuse it;
    - to arrange to meet with somebody; to make appointments/dates;
    - to make invitations or suggestions;
    - to apologize and respond to apologies;
    - to express feelings;
    - to express and exchange opinions and points of view;
    - to agree/disagree;
    - to make plans;
    - to express predictions and probability in the present time;
    - to invite other people, accept or refuse invitations, to make excuses;
    - to ask for a favor;
    - to ask for their turn;
    - to ask for permission;
    - to define the character;
    - to speak over the phone;
    - to speak about changes and transformations that have taken place in our lifes;
    - to ask and respond to the following time expressions: desde y (desde) hace;
    - to express real o irreal conditions.

    Review of the gramatical contents of the previous level and their adaption to the current level.

    concordance of nouns and adjectives;
    commonly used prefixes and suffixes;
    indefinite adjectives and pronouns;
    - definite and indefinite articles;
    - presence of the article expressing generalization;
    - zero article;
    definite and indefinite articles
    - contractions al and del;
    - demonstratives: este, a, os, as; aquel, aquella, os, as;
    - possesives (adjectives);
    - numerals and ordinals (up to décimo);
    - indefinite (the most common ones);
    - personal pronoun-subject;
    - personal pronoun-direct object;
    - personal pronoun-indirect object (with verbs like molestar, sorprender, gustar?);
    - position of the personal pronoun;
    - reflexive pronouns;
    - exclamative and interrogative pronouns,
    - possessive pronouns;
    - demonstrative pronouns;
    - verbs:
    - difference ser and estar;
    - ser + adjective / estar + adverb;
    - present of indicative: morphology and uses;
    - difference between the present tense and the present tense of estar + gerund;
    - preterite perfect (present perfect): morphology and uses;
    - contrast between present / preterite perfect;
    - contrast between present / preterite perfect / immediate future;
    - preterite indefinite: regular verbs;
    - preterite indefinite: irregular verbs;
    -uses of preterite indefitive;
    -preterite indefinite time expressions;
    - preterite imperfect: morphology and uses;
    preterite imperfect time expressions;
    - contrast between imperfect / present;
    - contrast between imperfect / preterite perfect;
    - contrast between imperfect / preterite indefinite;
    - introduction to the morphology of the imperative;
    1. future simple. Morphology and uses: to express predictions; to express possible conditions; to express probability in the present;
    2. periphrasis of impersonal obligation hay que +infinitive;
    adverbs and adverb locutions of quantity, time, place, manner;
    coordinated clauses: copulatives / adversatives;
    relative clauses with indicative.

    Review of the lexical contents of the previous level and their adaptation to this level.

    - Countries and nationalities: some names of people from particular regions
    - Profesions
    - Controled resources of communication in the classroom
    - Classroom vocabulary
    - Numerals
    - Description of objects: size, shape, material, color
    - Description of people: Physical and personality
    - Household vocabulary
    - Landscape elements
    - The weather
    - Verbs that deal with confusion: to go, to come, to bring (llevar/traer), to try (on), to meet, to feel, to know (conocer/saber), can, to touch, to put (on)
    - Family
    - Clothes
    - The human body: Health and illness
    - Food
    - Hobbies and leisure activities
    - Travel
    - Transportation
    - Means of communication
    - Vocabulary of financial instituions
    - Imperatives: venga, oiga, vamos, oye, no me digas, mira...(come, listen, look?)

    - Review of the Spanish phonemes;
    - Pronunciation practice: syllabic structure and word stress;
    - Stressed and unstressed syllables;
    - Intonation practice of communicative funcstions already learned:
    - Phonemes with some difficulty:
    /g + a, e, i, o, u/; /x + a, e, i, o, u/;
    /k + a, e, i, o, u/; /a, e, i, o, u/
    /r/ and /R/;
    - Process by which some phonemes tend to be produced as a vowel or a consonant.

    - Review of the Spanish alphabet;
    - Cases with orthographic difficulty: gue / gui, b / v and c / z;
    - Presence and absence of the letter h.

    - Frequently used punctuation marks;
    - Punctuation marks.


    Review of the communicative situation of the previous level and their adaptation to this level.

    - 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
    - at the doctor´s office or pharmacy
    - with family
    - with colleagues and new friends
    - telephone conversations
    - at an appointment
    - at the bank
    - at a travel agency
    - at the train/bus station
    - at a hotel
    - on an excursion
    - at the airport

    Review and widening of the sociocultural contents of the previous level and adaptation to this level.

    - 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
    - Spain: Brief notions of physical geography and political administration
    - Languages of spanish states
    - Brief history of Spain (recent years)
    - European Union
    - Luck, games of chance: lottery, ONCE, lotto
    - Forms of payment: pagar a escote, pagar una ronda
    - Social well-being
    - Some superstitions

    Review and widening of the pragmatic contentst of the previous level andtheir adaptation to this level.

    - Greeting and goodbye: formal / informal;
    - introduction: formal / informal;
    - basci politeness expressions;
    - basic formula to draw somebody?s attention: oye / oiga;
    - basic expresión to apologize: perdón, perdona, perdone, lo siento?
    - basic expression to excuse themselves: es que?
    - basic expressions to end a conversation: eso es todo;
    - basic formulas to express surprise:¿de verdad?, ¡qué rollo!, ¡vaya lío!, ¡qué dices!, ¡ni idea!; ¡hombre! / ¡mujer!;
    - basic formulas to express ignorance: ¡ni idea!;
    - Basic formulas to express agreement: ya, claro, por supuesto, vale, de acuerdo;
    - basic formulas to express disagreement: no, no (reduplicado), qué va, claro que no;
    - some idioms: estar en las nubes / estar de marcha / estar como un tren / poner mala cara / un montón de veces / estar harto / estar a tope;
    - introduction of some gestual elements;
    - proxémics for social relations;
    - speech connectors: y, pero, entonces, por eso, así que, luego, después;
    - lexical imperative expressions.


    Readind comprehension
    The student, therefore, will understand:
    - simple announcements/ advertising
    - a menu
    - simple and adapted explanatory texts: simple naratives and descriptions in the present, past and future
    - simple informational texts about general themes
    - simple instructions for frequently used devices
    - a travel brochure
    - informational panels
    - a letter from family
    - signs and simple notices
    - a well-known story
    - a recipe in present indicative
    - a survey
    - simple lyrics to a song

    Writing expression
    The student will:
    - fill out forms and documents;
    - write a letter, an email o a message to friends or family;
    - write about personal experiences: their country, their habits, their family?;
    - write notes;
    - write explicative, narrative and descriptive texts about events in the present, past and future;
    - to write simple and brief biographies;
    - write a short resume;
    - write a weekly Journal: activities, work, dates, appointments;
    - write a survey about a daily topic with basic questions.

    Listening comprehension
    The student will understand:
    - personal information about the speaker;
    - simple advertisement;
    - dialogues given in daily situations;
    - questions asked in the classroom and the habitual communicative situations;
    - information and questions about the present, future and past related to the present;
    - phone messages;
    - simple warning through speakers;
    - general idea of the news on tv;
    - current songs of simple content;
    - a simple conversation in their enviroment;
    - write down phone numbers and addresses.


    - Oral Interaction

    The student will:
    - be able to express themselved and understand basic information in different situations of their daily life: a bar, on the street, office, a banks...
    - be able to participate in a conversation about a daily topic;
    - understand a native speaker who Spears in a clear way and who would repeat if necessary;
    - be able to ask for something or an action;
    - understand instructions and indications;
    - to answer questions in a simle and brief interview;
    - pose and understand questions about their personal circumstances;
    - understand and answer direct questions about personal information in a interview;
    - speak about plans in the future;
    - speak about experiences and events of the past;

    -Oral Expression
    The student will:

    - make a simple presentation previously written about a topic seen in class;
    - speak about habitual actions in the present;
    - speak about past events;
    - speak about plans in the future;
    - speak about the plot of their favorite movie or a unique trip they made.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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


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