Spanish

 

SPANISH LANGUAGE STUDIES

More than four hundred million people speak Spanish today (forty million of them have Spanish as a mother tongue in the USA) and the number is increasing quickly every year. The Spanish language is one of the international languages of communication in the world and is the second language of choice of many university students in Europe.

Today, one finds the presence of Spanish in new technologies such as the Internet. Hispanic literature, music, cinema, art, architecture and business are vehicles of a language and culture that reflect a vibrant latino world.

Knowledge of and interaction with other cultures and human beings is a great opportunity that today's world offers in many ways. The learning of other languages is the most important of them. To learn a new language is to enter inside of a new, rich and different world, that shows the life and history of a people, and it helps us to know the world in which we are living.

The courses of Spanish as a foreign language are a good chance to learn basic communicative and receptive skills (oral and writing) in Spanish at four levels during the academic year. Music, literature, movies and learning in real communicative situations are keys to becoming an autonomous learner of other languages and cultures.

The program of Spanish courses offered by the Language Centre is correlated with proficiency levels established within the Common European Framework: A1-A2-B1. Teachers work with students to reach these levels, with particular attention being paid to learner needs and objectives for language acquisition. Many paths to learning, and enjoying, Spanish are possible.

 

Course Descriptions

 

LAN 085: Spanish – Beginners level I (5 ECTS)


This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. Basic language patterns and vocabulary are taught. Repetition and comprehensible input are important components of this course. Focus is on all five language skills listening, speaking, reading writing and interaction. Culture is an integral part of the course and is introduced through the use of media, games, adapted readings and class discussions. Students learn to communicate in Spanish in everyday situations: greetings, asking and giving personal information, describing people, places and objects and talking about daily routines, food, recipes, ordering in a restaurant or doing shopping.
In addition to written tests and quizzes, students may also be assessed by means of aural activities. Homework assignments are an integral part of this course; they reinforce concepts/skills introduced and explored during class contact time, which enable students to participate in class in a more meaningful way. Active participation is required. The course is designed at approximately the A1 level as defined by the CEFR.

LAN 086: Spanish – Beginners level II (5 ECTS)

This course is designed for students with some knowledge of the Spanish language. It teaches basic language patterns and vocabulary. Focus is on all five language skills: listening, speaking, reading writing and interaction. Culture is an integral part of the course and is introduced through the use of media, games, adapted readings and class discussions. In addition to written tests and quizzes, students may also be assessed by means of aural activities. Students learn to describe people, places and objects, talk about traveling experiences, analyze urban structure of a place, describe artifacts and understand sequences of audiovisuals in Spanish.
Homework assignments are an integral part of this course; they reinforce concepts/skills introduced and explored in class, which enable students to participate in class in a meaningful way. Active participation is required. The course is designed at approximately the A2.1 level as defined by the CEFR.
Pre-requisite LAN 085 or equivalent
 
LAN 087: Spanish – Intermediate level I (5 ECTS)

This third course is designed for students with a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. It teaches fundamental and more advanced language patterns and vocabulary. Repetition and comprehensible input are important components of this course. Culture is an integral part of the course and is introduced through the use of media, games, adapted readings and class discussions. In addition to written tests and quizzes, students may also be assessed by means of aural activities. Students learn to describe people, places and objects in the present and past tenses, talk and write about past experiences, describe and compare places today and historically, analyze urban structure of historical places, describe inventions and speak and write about cultural events in Spanish.
Homework assignments are an integral part of this course. Active participation is required. The course is designed at approximately the A2 level as defined by the CEFR.
Pre-requisite LAN 086 or equivalent
 
LAN 088: Spanish – Intermediate level II (5 ECTS)

This fourth course is designed for students with intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language. More advanced language patterns and vocabulary are taught. Repetition and comprehensible input are important components of this course. In addition to written tests and quizzes, students may also be assessed by means of aural activities. Students learn to describe people, places and objects in the present and past tense, talk and write about experiences, compare and describe places and explain cultural events. They will also learn how to express wishes, orders using the subjunctive present and understand a conference about a familiar subject.
Homework assignments are an integral part of this course. Active participation is required. The course is designed at approximately the B1.1 level as defined by the CEFR.
Pre-requisite LAN 087 or equivalent