67040 - Spanish 2

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student reaches an intermediate level of competence in Spanish.

Course contents

The Spanish 2 course is divided into two sections: we list below the objectives, general contents and bibliography of each.

Spanish language

The course aims to develop students' language skills in order to reach and consolidate the B2 level required by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), published by the Council of Europe in 2001 (in 2002 for Spanish translation). Below are the descriptors of the global scale of communicative competences:

“[El usuario es] capaz de entender las ideas principales de textos complejos que traten de temas tanto concretos como abstractos, incluso si son de carácter técnico, siempre que estén dentro de su campo de especialización. Puede relacionarse con hablantes nativos con un grado suficiente de fluidez y naturalidad, de modo que la comunicación se realice sin esfuerzo por parte de los interlocutores. Puede producir textos claros y detallados sobre temas diversos, así como defender un punto de vista sobre temas generales, indicando los pros y los contras de las distintas opciones” (MCER p. 26).

In order to achieve the above-mentioned linguistic objectives, the lessons will focus on morphosyntax related to the use of the indicative, subjunctive and conditional tenses, also in a contrastive key; particular attention will be paid to the vocabulary related to the areas of study characterising the course as well as to the (normative) orthographic changes introduced by the Ortografía de la lengua española (ASALE 2010).

Spanish Culture

The second part of the course will focus on topics related to Spanish and Latin American culture, history and politics through the reading and commentary of different documents (journalistic texts, short essays, literary pieces).



Spanish language

- M. Carrera Díaz, P. Silvestri (2010), Entre palabras. Gramática contrastiva della lingua spagnola. Torino: Loescher [si consiglia l'acquisto]

-AA.VV. (2011), Gramática básica del estudiante de español, Madrid: Difusión.

- ASALE (2010), Ortografía de la lengua española, Madrid: Espasa Libros [testo di consultazione – disponibile gratuitamente online: http://www.rae.es/recursos/ortografia/ortografia-2010].

- L. Díaz, A. Yagüe (2015), ELEfante. Gramática del español como lengua extranjera. Nivel B, Ediciones marcoELE [disponibile gratuitamente online: http://marcoele.com/gramatica/gramatica-b/].


Short essays, academic articles, literary texts and other materials will be provided by the teacher and uploaded to the Virtual platform.

Assessment methods

Written examination in two parts:

(a) multiple-choice and open-ended questions to ascertain grammar and vocabulary skills;

(b) reading comprehension and written production aimed at the cultural content covered during the lessons.

Teaching tools

PPT presentations, articles and didactic materials (available on the Virtuale platform).

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Blanca Fernández García