Spanish as a Foreign Language (Level Intermediate)

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students*: 840 €
*Max. 5 places
Teaching Language: Spanish Place: UAB Campus

Teaching Period: 13 to 31 July 

Contact: summer@uab.cat

Professor: Maria del Pilar Utrero
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Enrolment guidelines


PROFESSOR BIO INFORMATION

Maria Pilar Utrero Hernández has a degree in Spanish from Barcelona University, specialising in Literature (1989). She earned a master’s degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FPELE) from Barcelona University (1996). From 2000, Pilar has been a Spanish teacher at the UAB Language Service to students from many different countries (2000 to present). From 2013 to November 2019, she was coordinator of the Spanish section at the Language Service, where she is coordinator of the multilevel Spanish examination project (2017 to present).

E-mail: pilar.utrero@uab.cat


ACADEMIC GUIDE

Contents overview

This course is aimed at foreign students with an elementary level of Spanish (level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/CEFRL) who want to reach a level of communicative competence within the range of level B1 of the CEFR. This effectively means the ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information.

This course places an emphasis on classroom activity. Classroom hours cover the basic objectives of the course syllabus. Students work both under their teacher’s supervision and independently; when not supervised, they will use the resources provided by the teacher or the online resources of UAB Idiomes Campus.

Students wishing to enrol must either present a certificate showing that they already have level A2 or else take a placement test before enrolling. Please contact summer@uab.cat.

Week programme
 

Week Contents Teaching / learning activities
1
 
Communicative and Lexical Resources:
- Expressing prohibition, obligation and impersonality
- Talking about habits and customs
- Social customs 
- Talking about the beginning and the end of an action
- Locating an action in time
- Talking about habits in the present
- A person's real-life facts

Grammatical Resources:
- Soler + the infinitive
- Quantifiers
- Es obligatorio/ Está prohibido
- Lo normal/ habitual/ raro  es + the infinitive
- The impersonal “se” pronoun
- Verbal collocations
- Desde/desde que/ desde hace
- The past perfect/indefinite
 
Classes are highly practical and
encourage cooperative learning and students’ effective participation, individually, in pairs or in groups.

Classroom activities are aimed at improving communication skills: oral and written comprehension/oral and written expression.

Classroom activities include, for example, reading
distinct text types to foster comprehension,
locating specific information, reworking this content; participating in spontaneous conversations; participating in debates and discussions; expressing opinions and arguments in a fluent and structured manner; giving oral presentations on prepared topics, writing distinct text types depending on level
2
Communicative and Lexical Resources:
- Placing actions in the past and in the present
- Talking about habits, customs and circumstances in the past
- Arguing and debating
- Stages of life
- Inventions
- Historical periods and events
- Reporting in the past
- Sequencing actions
- Expressing emotions

Grammatical Resources:
- The past imperfect
- Time markers for the past and the present
- Ya no/Todavía
- The indefinite past
- Contrasting the imperfect and indefinite past.
- Time markers for narrating
 
Classes are highly practical and
encourage cooperative learning and students’ effective participation, individually, in pairs or in groups.

Classroom activities are aimed at improving communication skills: oral and written comprehension/oral and written expression.

Classroom activities include, for example, reading
distinct text types to foster comprehension,
locating specific information, reworking this content; participating in spontaneous conversations; participating in debates and discussions; expressing opinions and arguments in a fluent and structured manner; giving oral presentations on prepared topics, writing distinct text types depending on level
3
Communicative and Lexical Resources:
- Advertising: values, media, elements of an advertisement
- Recommending and advising
- Giving instructions
- Describing an advertisement
- Predicting the future (personal and about the planet)
- Talking about future actions and situations
- Expressing conditions
- Forming hypotheses about the future

Grammatical Resources:
- The negative and affirmative imperative
- Collocating reflexive and direct/indirect object pronouns
- Forms and uses of the future imperfect
- Time markers for talking about the future
- Si + present indicative + future
- Depende  de / depende de si
- Seguramente/seguro que/supongo que + future     
 
Classes are highly practical and
encourage cooperative learning and students’ effective participation, individually, in pairs or in groups.

Classroom activities are aimed at improving communication skills: oral and written comprehension/oral and written expression.

Classroom activities include, for example, reading
distinct text types to foster comprehension,
locating specific information, reworking this content; participating in spontaneous conversations; participating in debates and discussions; expressing opinions and arguments in a fluent and structured manner; giving oral presentations on prepared topics, writing distinct text types depending on level

Evaluation

The course has a system of continuous assessment made up of different activities evaluating the four language skills (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written production and oral production) carried out during the course.
 
  • These continuous assessment activities represent 60% of the overall grade.
  • Class participation, homework and end-of-unit activities will account for the remaining 40% of the overall grade.
  • Students need a minimum mark of 50% to pass the course.


Links and references

1. Course programme:  https://www.uab.cat/doc/espanyolB11
2. Coursebook: Aula 3 Nueva edición, editorial Difusión. ISBN: 9788415640080
3. Online resources:
https://www.diigo.com/user/sdl_uab/presencials_campus_A1_B2_EL
https://mundoele1.wordpress.com/