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Advanced Spanish I

3 Credits | 400 Level | 38 Contact hours


SARRALDE, B., CASAREJOS, E., LÓPEZ, M. y MARTÍNEZ, D. (2016). Vitamina C1. Curso de español de nivel superior. Madrid: SGEL. (ISBN: 978-84-9778-904-2)

Libros de texto:
- MUÑOZ-BASOLS, J., GIRONZETTI, E. y PÉREZ SINUSÍA, Y. (2013). ¡A debate! Estrategias para la interacción oral. Nivel C. Madrid: Edelsa. (ISBN: 978-84-7711-797-1)
- CASTRO VIÚDEZ, F. (2011). Uso de la gramática española. Avanzado. Madrid: Edelsa. (ISBN: 978-84-7711-714-8)
Libros de lectura:
- MATUTE, A.M. (2001) [1961]. Historias de la Artámila. Barcelona: Destino Libro. (ISBN: 978-84-2334-360-7)
- SEPÚLVEDA, L. (2011) [1995]. Patagonia Express. Barcelona: Tusquets. (ISBN: 9788483835784)


This is a third/fourth year track of Spanish divided into three parts. The focus of the first two parts (Composition I and II) is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts.

In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence. In the last third of the course, Advanced Spanish I (SPAN 410), more attention is given to text organization and vocabulary accuracy. The extensive reading of narrative will reinforce the formal explanations received in class.


UNIDAD 1. Léxico del ámbito jurídico y social, protesta social. Opinar y valorar.
UNIDAD 2. Léxico del cine y las artes escénicas, expresiones de uso común.
UNIDAD 3. Léxico de los medios de comunicación.
UNIDAD 4. Léxico de la música, expresiones propias del lenguaje coloquial.


After the successful completion of Track IV, the student will be able to:
• Write clear, well-structured texts on cultural topics in an appropriate style with good grammatical control.
• Display a good understanding of humor, irony and implicit cultural references in oral and written texts.
• Identify and describe the generalizations that rule language use.
• Put together information about a cultural topic from different sources (internet, printed material, interviews with local people or observations) and relate it in a coherent final paper.
• Give a clear, well-structured presentation on the investigated cultural topic, expanding and supporting points of view with appropriate reasons and examples.
• Display a good command of a broad vocabulary, including collocations and idiomatic expressions.
• Choose among the different ways of saying things, depending on the person the student is talking to and the perceived context.
• Appraise the esthetic value of artistic products, particularly literary texts, movies, paintings, buildings, etc. of the target language community.


• Midterm: 25% + final exam: 25% = 50%
• Readers: 15%
• project: 15%
• Homework: 10%
• Class participation: 10%

Attending class is MANDATORY in this course

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