Spanish as a Foreign Language (level A2 CEFRL)

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) Price: 840 €
Teaching Language: Spanish Place:  UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona

Teaching Period: 22 June to 10 July


Professor: Lucía Márquez

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Enrolment guidelines


Lucía Márquez Carbajo has a degree in Spanish from Barcelona University, specializing in Literature (1989). She earned a master’s degree in Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FPELE) from Barcelona University, whit a dissertation on Reading Use of Literary texts in the Spanish Class for Foreigners (1998). Since 1992, she has been Spanish teacher at the UAB Language Service to students from many different countries. From 1993 to 2013, she was coordinator of the Spanish section at the Language Service.



Contents overview

The course is aimed at foreign students with a basic level of Spanish (A1 of CEFR) who want to reach a level of communicative competence equivalent to level A2 of the CEFRL: this effectively means the ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and expressing oneself in a limited manner in most common situations in daily life.

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.

Week programme

Week Contents
Communicative and Lexical Resources:
Talking about habits, difficulties, motivations and feelings concerning language learning
Identifying and describing people’s looks and character
Talking about family, relationships and similarities among people
Coping in ‘set’ situations: saying hello, saying goodbye, arranging to meet

Grammatical Resources:
Regular and irregular present tense, reflexive verbs
Para / por / porque
Estar +gerund
Communicative and Lexical Resources: 
Speaking about leisure-time activities, timetables and place descriptions
Narrating past experiences
Speaking about intentions and projects for the future
Expressing tastes and preferences, comparing
Describing a house, objects and their spatial location

Grammatical Resources: 
The past perfect
Ir a + the infinitive
Querer/pensar + the infinitive
Indefinite pronouns (something, nothing, someone, no-one…)
The uses of ser and estar
The verbs gustar, encantar, preferir
Communicative and Lexical Resources:
Talking about the beginning and the end of an activity
Narrating and evaluating past experiences and events
Talking about eating habits
Describing pain, irritations and symptoms

Grammatical Resources:
The past perfect
The indefinite past Exclamations (¡Qué pena!)
Desde/Desde que/ desde hace
The verb doler

Teaching / Learning activities

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.


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. 

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