Intermediate Spanish Language and Chilean Culture
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile
Area of Study
Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Spanish
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units9
Hours & Credits
Spanish Language and Chilean Culture
90 hours of instruction
Course Description: The course Spanish Language and Chilean Culture, intermediate level, integrates language and culture with the fundamental objective of promoting total immersion for the student.
General Objective: Improve the communicative intercultural competence of the student in regards to the four linguistic abilities: Oral and written comprehension, and oral and written expression.
- Develop the ability of oral expression in regard to descriptive texts, argumentative narratives.
- Develop the ability of understanding oral texts of a descriptive, narrative and argumentative character of medium difficulty.
- Develop the ability to understand written text of a descriptive, narrative and argumentative character of medium difficulty.
- Develop the ability of written expression in regards to descriptive, narrative and argumentative texts of medium difficulty.
- Involve the student with the concept of intercultural themes through means of fieldwork.
- Revision of the structural and linguistic elements involving descriptive texts and narratives.
- Argumentative text. Indicative mode, verbal tenses (simple and compound past)
- Subjunctive Mode: noun clauses (1) adjetive clauses (1) adverb clauses (1)
- The Conditional
- Conjunctions (causal, certainty, conditional, consequence, opposition, introduction to opinions)
- Notion of registration: Pronominal systems of Spanish. Chilean Spanish vs. ?Standard Spanish?. Sociolinguistic focus.
- Idioms and identifying common uses.
- Communicative environments present in daily life of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar (academic, family and entertainment environments). Methods of interaction. Comparative sociocultural focus.
- National and international news contingency.
- Predetermined Chilean movies, scenes or skits.
- Popular American movies, scenes or skits dubbed in Spanish.
- Documentary of Our Century (chapters 6 and 7).
- Lecture-based theoretic classes.
- Role play, dramatizations.
- Dissertations and/or individual presentations.
- Feildwork: Observation and investigation.
- Conversational debate.
Evaluation: This courses rests on the holistic evaluation where successive formative evaluations are integrated (in and outside of class work), and cumulative evaluations equal a final grade. The professor should turn in a calendar of evaluations and the instruments that will be utilized when distinctive abilities are evaluated.
a. Percent Attendance 80%
i. Midterm exam 30%
ii. Quizzes 10%
iii. Participation 10%
iv. Individual presentation 10%
v. Essays 10%
vi. Final exam 30%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.