Progressive Spanish for English-Speaking Students

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Progressive Spanish for English-Speaking Students

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    This Course is aimed at English-speaking students who already have a basic knowledge of Spanish. Its
    key objective is to improve their communication skills by means of the consolidation of their grammar
    competence and of the introduction of practical vocabulary so as to enable them to cope with the usual
    communication situations of everyday life. On the one hand, teaching methodology will be based on the
    assimilation of grammatical rules and their practical application via specific activities and, on the other
    hand, will involve the gradual and progressive use of Spanish as a vehicle for communication within the

    The Lecturer will provide students with xeroxed material containing the grammar content to be studied
    with regard to each section of the Course syllabus. However, this does not mean that class sessions will
    be organized in terms of formal lectures on Spanish Grammar. In a key way, teaching will be practicebased:
    using specific grammar exercises as points of departure, explanations will be provided of those
    issues arising from the use of the Spanish language which tend to cause students most difficulty. Other
    activities within the Course will include: (a) dictations; (b) listening comprehension exercises; (c) reading
    comprehension exercises; (d) exercises in writing; and (e) vocabulary exercises. Use will also be made of
    representative works of literature with a double objective in mind: (a) their use as tools by which to
    improve students’ communication skills, and (b) to give students the opportunity of accessing Spain’s
    literary heritage. With this in mind, students will be expected to read the prose work Lazarillo de Tormes
    (in an edition adapted to their level of knowledge of Spanish), while extracts from the movie version of
    Don Quijote de la Mancha will also be screened.

    Two programmed activities will be undertaken so as to complement those carried out in the classroom:
    (e) a city walk which will involve touring those places to which Miguel de Cervantes makes
    reference in his works. During the tour extracts from Don Quijote will be read so as to provide
    students with their first approach to Spanish Literature’s most representative work.
    (f) a visit to Triana Market, with two aims in mind: getting students used to the vocabulary linked
    with the consumption of foodstuffs in Sevilla on a day-to-day basis; and providing them with a
    context within which to practice common communicative structures as employed by those who
    normally use this kind of commercial establishment.

    Each of the syllabus points indicated here contains a grammar-based component, as well as a lexicallybased
    or/and communicatively-based component.
    1. Grammatical Sentences: Basic Sentence Constituents. Sentence Structure in Spanish: the Order of
    Sentence Constituents and its Effect upon Sentence Structure during Communication. Expressions to
    aid Classroom Communication.
    2. The Noun Phrase: Gender and Number in Nouns and Adjectives. The Use of Articles, Demonstratives,
    and Structures involving Possession. The Grades of Adjectives. Ser and Estar: Description and
    Location. Nationalities, Countries and Professions.
    3. Personal Pronouns: the Use of Subject Pronouns within Sentences. Tú and Usted. Object Pronoun
    Forms. The Verbs gustar, encantar and doler.
    The Present Indicative Tense. How it is Formed. Its Uses. Reflexivity in Spanish. Pronominal Verbs in
    Spanish. Everyday Activities and Leisure.
    5. The Future Indicative Tense. How it is Formed. Uses of the Future Indicative. The Periphrastic
    Configuration ir a + infinitive. Planning Activities.
    6. The Imperative. Its Different Forms. Issuing Instructions and Giving Advice.
    7. The Conditional Tenses. How they are Formed. Uses of the Conditional. Sentence Structures
    involving the Conditional: the Main Types. Expressing the Wish to Do Something.
    8. How to Express the Past. The Imperfect and the Past Perfect Tenses. How they are Formed. Uses of
    the Imperfect and the Past Perfect Tenses. Telling the Time, the Days of the Week, the Parts that
    Make Up a Day.
    9. The Subjunctive Mood. Verb Tenses and the Subjunctive Mood. Basic Uses of the Subjunctive.
    Expressing Prohibition.


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