Spanish as a Foreign Language (level A2 CEFRL)

Number of credits: 6 ECTS Price: 840 €
Teaching Language: Spanish Place: UAB Campus

Teaching Period: 25 June to 12 July


Professor: Lucía Márquez

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Enrolment guidelines


Lucía Márquez Carbajo 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, with a dissertation on Reading and Use of Literary Texts in the Spanish Class for foreigners (1998). Since 1992, she has been a 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 who already have a basic level of Spanish (level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/CEFRL) 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 to express 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.

Students wishing to enrol must either present a certificate showing that they already have level A1 or else take a placement test before enrolling. Please contact


Week 1

  •     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, Demonstratives Possessives, Estar +gerund

Week 2
  •     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

Week 3
  •     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 onprepared 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. There is also a final test on course content, which assesses the four skills.

The continuous assessment activities represent 40% of the overall grade and the final examination counts for 60%. Students need a minimum mark of 50% to pass the course.


Week 1

Final Unit Activity (integrated skills) – 27 June
Composition – 28 June

Week 2

Final Unit Activity (integrated skills) – 3 July
Oral Presentation – 4 July
Composition – 5 July
Final Unit Activity (integrated skills) – 5 July

Week 3

Final Test (60%) (Reading, listening, writing, speaking) - 9 July

Links and references
  •     Course programme <>
  •     Coursebook: Aula 2 Nueva Edición, Ed. Difusión, ISBN: 9788415640073

Online resources for learning Spanish
  •     Diigo. <>
  •     Mundo Ele [Blog] <>