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.

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