Superior Spanish Grammar

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Superior Spanish Grammar

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

  • Location

    Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Course description
    Theoretical-practical course oriented to the pragmatic-discursive aspects of Spanish grammar. Through diverse material, the system of rules and usage of Spanish will be analyzed and applied.

    Main objective
    Improve the student’s grammatical competence from a pragmatic-discursive approach.

    Specific objectives
    Analyze the semantic-pragmatic aspects related to the system of rules and usage of the language based on the noun and verb.
    Understand and produce diverse texts considering linguistic precision and coherence.

    - Noun syntagm: pronouns, interrogative pronouns, direct and indirect object, reflexives, use of “se”. Chilean pronominal system.

    - The noun: pronominal system in Spanish. Notion of register. Interrogation in Spanish.

    - Verb syntagm: opposition and use of “ser” and “estar”, preterits (perfectiveness, imperfectiveness, and aspect). Indicative mood.

    - The verb: tenses and moods. Description. Narration. Argumentation.

    - Subordination. Subjunctive mood, tense value, structure, types of verbs. Adverbial clauses.

    - Preposition use with verbs

    - Oral and written discourse markers. Textual markers, conjunctions, prepositions.

    - Communication settings present in daily life in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar–academic, family and entertainment settings – Forms of interaction.

    - Theoretical and expository lessons

    - Individual and pair work

    - Grammar analysis

    - Readings

    - Text production

    - Grammar worksheets

    - Tests (3)

    - Compositions (3)

    - Final exam

    - The teacher will permanently assess the level of the student’s grammar competence development through classwork and homework


    • Alarcos Llorach, E. (1970): Gramática de la Lengua Española. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe.
    • Bosque, Ignacio y Demonte, Violeta. (1999): Gramática Descriptiva de la Lengua Española. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe.
    • Gili Gaya, S. (1998): Curso Superior de Sintaxis Española, 15 ed. Barcelona: Bibliograf
    • Porroche, M. (1998): Ser, Estar y Verbos de Cambio. Madrid: Arcolibros
    • RAE (1973): Esbozo de una Nueva Gramática de la Lengua Española. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe.
    • Calsamiglia, H., & Tusón, A. (1999). Las cosas del decir. Manual de análisis del discurso. Barcelona: Ariel.

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

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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