Intermediate Spanish Language and Chilean Culture

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intermediate Spanish Language and Chilean Culture

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

  • Location

    Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile

  • Area of Study

    Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Spanish

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    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.

    Specific Objectives:

    - 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%

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.


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