Spanish Language

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Santander

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Language

    Course Required
  • Host University

    Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo - Santander

  • Location

    Santander, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Grammar, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Spanish, Spanish Culture

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

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

    NOTE: While Intermediate and High Intermediate Levels share the same course descriptions, each class will be taught independently and at different paces.

    A. General Objective:
    Express oneself in general situations that require an exchange of information and show personal attitudes over diverse themes that are familiar to the student, but not only those that are related to their personal experiences.

    B. Specific Objectives:
    Listening Comprehension- In a conversation with an interlocutor that is speaking at normal speed, the student should be able to understand explanations referring to information over personal experiences, over acts and events of everyday life. In a direct conversation with several interlocutors, the student should comprehend the conversation if it is at normal speed. Over the telephone, the student should understand explanations referring to material necessities and social relations, physical sensations and feelings, and personal opinions expressed in a simple form.
    Oral Expression-In a conversation with an interlocutor, the student should be able to discuss information related to necessities, social relations, and events of everyday life, as well as expressing personal experiences. A student will be able to make a conscious use of the appropriate strategy of communication to prevent the interruption of communication on their part.
    Reading Comprehension- The student will be able to understand informative, descriptive, or narrative texts. The student should be able to at least understand the principle ideas and be able to distinguish them from the secondary ideas. In case of unfamiliarity with lexical or grammatical aspects, the student will be able to deduce from contextualization.
    Written Expression- The student should be able to write texts that include coordination and subordination, and whose tone is appropriate to the contents and objectives of the level (letters, short essays, resumes). The contents of the texts will refer to experiences and personal opinions, concrete events, and objective information over themes discussed in class. The written texts should be comprehensible to any reader even though there may be grammatical errors.

    1) Communicative Contents:
    -Talk about oneself and of others: personal identification, likes, experiences,
    -Compare customs, express differences, and gather information.
    -Organize a written informative text.
    -Express possession.
    -Compare quantities.
    -Talk about the past I: Refer to a concrete moment and a specific period of
    time. Relate two moments that occurred in the past.
    -Talk about the past II: Talk about habits and their frequency in the present
    with relation to the
    past. Describe in the past. Talk about time and indicate limits.
    -Talk about the past III: Tell anecdotes and stories. Introduce a perspective
    in the story.
    -Talk about the future: Express degrees of security with respect to the future.
    Relate actions in the future tense.
    -Express conditions of probability.
    -React to news. Express safety concerns.
    -Express opinions and react to them. Show agreement and disagreement..
    -Ask for information in public services (formal). Indicate advantages and
    -Ask for and give advice.
    -Describe and identify something that we don?t have experience with.
    -Make hypotheses. Refer to a hypothesis in the present future, and immediate
    -Express surprise.
    -Congratulate and express thanks. Invite, accept, and decline invitations.
    Express desires in specific situations. Praise and react to praise.
    -Ask for and offer help.

    2) Grammatical Contents:
    -Vocabulary related to experience and personal characteristics.
    -Ser/Estar: basic functions.
    -Expression of cause: por+noun, porque+ sentence.
    -La gente/La mayoria?+ singular.
    -En cambio/en vez de.
    -Lo de+infinitive/name.
    -Use of parecerse.
    -Adjectives and possessive pronouns.
    -Resources to identify a pair: el/la + [adj./de+name/que+phrase].
    -Morphology and contrastive use of the indefinite past and the past perfect of
    the indicative.
    -Resources to talk about a concrete moment: En+ date; desde+date;
    hace+quantity of time.
    -Resources to talk about a certain period of time: llevar+gerund; desde
    hace+cantidad de tiempo.
    -Resources to relate two moments in the past tense: al cabo de+amount of
    time, amount of time + despues, a+amount of time+siguiente.
    -Morphology and uses of past imperfect of the indicative.
    -Resources to express frequency.
    -Resources to indicate limits in time: Hasta que/desde que/ya no
    -Narrating in the past
    -Morphology and uses of the future tense.
    -Morphology of the imperative.
    -Morphology of the present of subjunctive.
    -Cuando+present of subjunctive.
    -Si+present of indicative
    -Prepositions with verbs that express movement.
    -Morphology and use of the conditional.
    -Te aconsejo que+subjunctive.
    -Verbs to resume conversations
    -Creo que+indicative; no creo que+subjunctive.
    -Use of the indicative and subjunctive with explicit markers of hypothesis
    (quizá, tal vez, seguro que).
    -¡Que raro que+subjunctive!
    -Subjunctive in the expression of desires for others: que+subjunctive.
    -Subjunctive in expressing will and need: Quiero que/Hace falta

    3) Socio-cultural Contents:
    -General characteristics of Spanish behavior in society.
    Uses of tú and usted.
    Expressive linguistic resources.
    -The family as the core of Spanish daily life.
    Relations between parents and children.
    The role of all the family members.
    -Spanish youth.
    -Modern democracy in Spain: political parties and syndicates.
    -Principle political and social problems in Spain.
    -Spain and the European union.
    -Spain and America.
    -Religion, folklore, and superstition.
    -Topics on Spanish culture:
    -Introduction to Spanish Cinema.

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.

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