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 Advanced and High Advanced Levels share the same course descriptions, each class will be taught independently and at different paces.


    To develop the ability to express oneself in multiple situations not necessarily familiar to the student and that require the exchange of information and personal opinions with complex linguistic structures. To interact spontaneously in different settings. To control different linguistic contexts, both oral and written.


    Listening Comprehension- Understand the general content as well as the most essential details of conversations between more than two native speakers dealing with topics that may not necessarily be familiar to the student. To understand news in the media, telephone messages, and public announcements/advertisements.

    Oral Proficiency- The student will be able to participate in conversations that deal with familiar topics, contribute personal opinions and viewpoints that are pragmatically appropriate to the given situation.

    Reading comprehension- To understand the general content as well as the essential details of various types of texts dealing with topics that are not necessarily familiar to the student.

    Written proficiency- To produce texts of varying complexity of different contexts and formats, related to topics familiar to the student.


    Grammatical Content:
    -Interrelated functions of the past tenses: present perfect, preterite and imperfect.
    -Vocabulary and expressions related to personal experiences and characteristics: personality and physical description.
    -Recurring uses of ser/estar.
    -Verbal 'paraphrases:' hacerse, volverse, ponerse, llegar a ser, terminar de.
    -Vocabulary, phrasing, and display necessary ability to comment on facts and figures: dealing with statistics, structures of identification, outlines, connectors for introductions and for changing topics and connectors for opposing.
    -Time expressions.
    -Rhetoric idiomatic methods and methods of persuasion.
    -Personal pronouns. Recurring uses. Doubling the direct object and indirect object. Order of words.
    -Expressions of agreement and disagreement. Uses of the related subjunctives.
    -Uses of the subjunctive in forming opinions: creo que, me parece que, está claro que, pienso que.
    -Correlation of tenses with the past or conditional.
    -Uses of the subjunctive in the formation of opinions about facts: es lógico que, está claro que, me parece + adjetivo ...
    -Mechanisms for indicating perspective. The use of the 'pluscuamperfecto' and 'perífrasis': estar + gerund, estar + participle, ir a + infinitive, estar a punto de + infinitive.
    -Methods for correcting information: no..., sino / sí (que) / es más,... / no solo..., sino (que).... Quien, cuando, donde, como, por lo que.
    -Ways of referring to concrete moments and quantities of time: dates / hace-hacía-hará...(que) / llevo-llevaba-llevaré... / desde... / desde hace.... Uses of durar and tardar.
    -Time expressions that change when referring to the past: ahora, en este momento, hoy, esta mañana, ayer, anoche, ayer, mañana, pasado mañana, próximo/que viene, dentro de, hace.
    -Relative clauses with prepositions.
    -Relative clauses with subjunctive or indicative in the present and the past.
    -Time clauses with indicative and subjunctive.
    -Uses of the future tense, the future perfect, and the conditional in forming hypotheses.
    -Uses of the subjunctive in forming hypotheses: es probable que, es posible que, puede ser que, puede que, quizás, tal vez, probablemente, posiblemente.
    -Hypotheses with the indicative (supongo que, seguro que, etc.).
    -Conversational exponents of possibility and probability.
    -Time clauses: cuando, en cuanto, antes de (que), después de (que), desde, hasta, mientras. Uses of the subjunctive in expressing past, present and future.
    -Request repetition of information using question words: qué, quién, cómo, dónde, cuándo, por qué.
    -Verbs used to summarize and recount past conversations: pedir, disculparse, dar las gracias, regañar, quejarse, confesar, poner excusas, convencer, dar la razón, reconocer, admitir, felicitar. The sequencing of the conversational elements utilized in the speaking process.
    -Communication verbs: decir, opinar, repetir, comentar, etc. Basic verbs used to summarize acts of speech: saludar, despedirse, invitar, negarse, aceptar, etc.
    -Correlation of indicative and subjunctive in speech.
    -Uses of the conditional and imperfect tenses.
    -Dative verbs: gustar, molestar, poner nervioso, dar miedo... + noun, infinitive verb, que + subjunctive..
    -Connectors for expressing cause and opposition.
    -Relative clauses with indicative and subjunctive.
    -Conversational sequences for presenting and reacting to the communication of news.
    -Communication verbs: afirmar, negar, aceptar, declarar, insistir...
    -Active and passive voice: considering formality and style.
    -Types of Texts : formal and informal.
    -Speech markers and logical connectors.
    -Artistic vocabulary and abstract descriptions: the formation of adjectives and nouns.
    -Historic variations of Spanish with respect to other roman languages (Italian, French). Comparing vocabulary.
    -Words borrowed from other languages and words used in other languages borrowed from Spanish.
    -Phonetic characteristics of Spanish and variations: Spanish from America.
    -Review of the basic forms of conditional clauses.
    -Uses of the subjunctive with "aunque" and other comparable terms: a pesar de que, si bien, aun cuando, aun a sabiendas de que, aun a riesgo de, aun + gerundio.
    -Use of the subjunctive in conditions requiring completion: con tal de que, a condición de que, siempre que, siempre y cuando.

    Cultural Contents:
    -Non-verbal communication: personal space, culturally characterized gestures.
    -Hispanic physical features/ appearances
    -Personality and character of Latinos.
    -Fairytales and childhood fables.
    -Publicity/advertisement and consumption..
    -The media.
    -History of Spain and Latin America: the recent past.
    -El urban/rural worlds.
    -The private habitat: the home.
    -Hispanic cuisine.
    -Food and social customs.
    -Conversational patterns, forms of courtesy.
    -Conversational protocol.
    -Family and personal relationships.
    -Everyday social habits.
    -The newspaper and television in the Hispanic world.
    -Cultural cliches.
    -The history of the Spanish language.
    -The Spanish from Spain and the Spanish from America.
    -The fine arts in the Hispanic culture.
    -Music in the Hispanic culture.
    -Cinema in the Hispanic culture.

    C.3. Communicative Content:
    -Describing physical appearance and personality.
    -Expressing personal changes and transformations.
    -Requesting and giving personal information.
    -Judging personality.
    -Obtaining facts from different types of texts and making commentaries on them.
    - Reporting on past occurrences or activities.
    -Relating events from the past.
    -Connecting past information with present information.
    -Indicate point of view in the past.
    -Persuading and Convincing.
    -Arguing and idea.
    -Telling stories and relating occurrences.
    -Correcting mistaken information.
    -Expressing relationships between past actions.

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