Spanish as a Foreign Language (level B1 CEFRL)

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

Teaching Period: 15 July to 2 August


Professor: Maria del Pilar Utrero
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Enrolment guidelines


Maria del 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 the present, she has been coordinator of the Spanish section at the Language Service, where she is also coordinator of the multilevel Spanish examination project (2017 to present).


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


Week 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

Week 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

Week 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
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. 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) – 17 July
Composition – 18 July
Final Unit Activity (integrated skills) – 19 July

Week 2

Final Unit Activity (integrated skills) – 24 July
Oral Presentation – 25 July
Composition – 26 July

Week 3

Final Test (60%) (Reading, listening, writing, speaking) - 30 July

Links and references
  •     Course programme <>
  •     Coursebook: Aula 3 Nueva Edición, Ed. Difusión, ISBN: 9788415640080

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