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Learning Objectives

This Spanish course (42 h) aims to achieve a B1 level in line with the competences set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


Discussing the past
Expressing habitual actions.
Describing past situations.
Expressing an action that occurred in a completed unit of time.
Talking about a one-time occurrence.
Describing the situation or circumstances in which an event took place.
Narrating past events; biographies.
Personal experiences.
Expressing an action in the past before another past action.
Expressing the duration of an action that began in the past and continues into the present.
Expressing ability.
Defining personality.
Explaining the cause of an event.
Expressing probability.
Expressing moods: joy, sorrow, and surprise.
Providing information about a place.
Asking and providing cultural information.
Making comparisons: highlighting one thing among several.
Expressing desires and future plans.
Sequencing future activities.
Expressing a future project.
Congratulations and social wishes.
Asking and providing cultural information.
Describing a place.
Highlighting one thing among several.
Requesting the truthfulness of information.
Talking about personal relationships.
Inquiring about someone and their life.
Expressing the impression someone makes on us.

Verb tenses
Uses of past tenses: present perfect, imperfect, preterite, and pluperfect indicative.
Resembling someone.
I'm good/bad at.
Probability periphrasis: - should (do) / have to + infinitive.
Verbs with prepositions (be happy about, be fed up with...).
Verbs expressing a change in mood (get nervous, be scared, get angry...).
Present subjunctive for expressing desires.

Uses of "ser" (to be)
"Ser" + personality adjectives (qualities and flaws).

Time markers
Beginning and duration of an action (ago, since, since).
Actions that happened only once (one day, once, that day...).
Actions that happened with a certain frequency (normally, many days, sometimes...).
Expressing a future project (within...).

Discourse connectors
When, then, after, so.
Because and like.

To narrate past events (a + definite article + amount of time + de + infinitive).

Too, very, quite, rather, something, (a) little, nothing.

Exclamatory phrases
What + noun.
How much/How + verb.
I hope (that).

Sentence constructions
Comparisons: relative superlative.


1. Corpas, J. et al. Aula Internacional Plus 3. ed. Difusión, ISBN: 9788418032226.
2. AAVV, Gramática básica del estudiante de español, Edición revisada y ampliada, ed. Difusión. ISBN 978-8484437260.


Conejo, E. et al. Las claves del nuevo DELE B1. ed. Difusión, ISBN: 9788415846291.

Teaching methods

In-class teaching.

Exam Rules

Students will be assessed through a final written and oral exam (70%); 50% for the written part and 20% for the oral exam.

The written test is designed to evaluate the skills required by the programme with grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension and listening comprehension exercises in multiple-choice mode. Other exercises involve linguistic completion and transformation based on the linguistic content of the course.

This intensive course uses continuous assessment (30%). Students are asked to consolidate linguistic/cultural content independently (using the supplementary class material) and take an active part in class activities. Their final mark will be a combination of marks for independent learning and marks for participation in class activities.

Non-attending students will be required to take the final written and oral exam based on the B1 official program. Their mark will be based exclusively on this final exam.

Students who have attended less than 80% of classes will be considered non-attending students and, as such, will be required to take the final exam.