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Spanish 2017/2018

  • 4 ECTS
  • Taught in Espanhol
  • Continuous Assessment


This curricular unit has been designed for the students to use and understand Spanish language in oral and written form in relevant situations using as a reference the competences defined for A1 and A2 levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
1. To apply properly Spanish language basic grammar rules in significant communicative situations in oral and written form.
2. To understand and to use properly vocabulary, formulas and expressions of Spanish language in oral and written form.
3. To know fundamental aspects of Spanish-speaking countries' culture and society.

Recommended Prerequisites

Written and oral knowledge and use of a latin language.

Teaching Metodology

The methodology will be active and participatory. Significant learning based on interests, experiences and prior knowledge of the students will be promoted. Deductive, inductive and comparative methods will be used in the classroom depending on the contents as well as expository, interrogative and demonstration methods. Classes will be organized in group, peers and individually. Different material resources will be used: written documents, images, listenings...

Body of Work

1. Grammar contents:
1.1. Pronouns, articles, conjunctions, prepositions, complements, plural and apocopes
1.2. Links
1.3. Verbal tenses: "presente de indicativo", "presente de subjuntivo", pronominal verbs and "gustar" type, "pretérito perfecto compuesto", "pretérito perfecto simple", "pretérito imperfecto", "condicional simple" and "imperativo".
1.4. Verbal periphrases
2. Lexical contents:
2.1. General vocabulary
2.2. Specific vocabulary for tourism
2.3. Formulas and communicative expressions
3. Cultural social contents
3.1. Relationships and service
3.2. Cultural manifestations
3.3. Places

Recommended Bibliography

Nuevo español en marcha básico (Alumno + CD), Castro F, et al. Madrid: SGEL. 2014
Método de español para extranjeros. Org. Grupo Prisma. Madrid: Edinumen, Lexilivros. 2009

Complementary Bibliography

Dicionário Moderno de Espanhol-Português / Português-Espanhol. Porto: Porto Editora. 2016.
Digital media (examples):

Weekly Planning

1. People
2. Events and meetings
3. Objects and places: city and nature
4. Everyday life activities
5. Tourism and Leisure time
6. Service
7. Gastronomy
8. First evaluation
9. Travel
10. Work
11. Culture and society
12. Management
13. Studies
14. Communicative review situations
15. Second evaluation

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

To achieve aim number 1 (to understand and apply key aspects of Spanish grammar) students will need to know elements corresponding to contents number 1.
Aim number 2 will be achived using contents established in paragraph 2.
In order to meet aim number 3, the contents of section 3, concerning social and cultural elements, will be developed.
The contents of the course (grammar, communicative functions, vocabulary...) were chosen and sequenced to achieve the objectives of the discipline and are interconnected.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Considering aims 1, 2 and 3 of the subject are based on the learning of a foreign language (basic level) and sociocultural aspects, oriented especially to the communicative part, it is convenient to use pedagogical methods that encourage the active participation of the students and a mixture of methods and techniques to develop aims 1, 2 and 3.
In order to be able to correctly understand and apply grammatical rules and vocabulary (aims 1 and 2), deductive, inductive and comparative methods will be taken into account, as well as techniques methods of expository, interrogative and demonstration methods.
The achievement of aim 3 will be developed with a combination of interactive and expository methodology and through discovery. Similarly, the nature and diversity of
material resources to be used as a support of the methodology correspond fundamentally to aims 1 and 2 that refer to communicative aspects in situations of oral and written interaction.
Contents, aims, methodologies and planning included in this curricular unit may be adapted depending on eventual circumstances that may arise during the semester.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYes 
Analytical and synthetic skillsYes 
Bargaining abilityYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
Cultural awarenessYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Foreign language proficiencyYesYes
Information and learning managementYes 
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYesYes
Working in international contextYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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