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Introduction to Spanish as a Foreign Language

Code: 105862 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2504012 Spanish and Chinese Studies: Language, Literature and Culture FB 1 2


Antinea Ravarotto

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
spanish (spa)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


This subject requires a command of oral and written expression in Spanish equivalent to that obtained at the end of bachelor studies. Therefore the ability to express correctly verbally and in writing is essential.

Objectives and Contextualisation

This subject aims to provide students with a general and complete overview of the different aspects related to Spanish as a foreign language. The aim is to provide sufficient theoretical-practical tools so that, in subsequent courses, students are able to tackle in more detail the analysis of various linguistic and cultural phenomena that occur in the ELE classroom, in general, and in the Chinese context, in particular. At the end of this course, the students will have a solid base that will allow them (1) to know the different methods and approaches of teaching foreign languages, (2) to reflect on the contextual variables in which the students of ELE and, more specifically, Sino-speaking people, (3) identify the main lexical-semantic, grammatical, phonetic and pragmatic problems that may arise during the ELE teaching-learning process, (4) propose activities and resources for different levels of ELE in order to optimally develop the communicative competence of the students and (5) to evaluate effectively the linguistic skills of the students.


  • Analyse the phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical and semantic properties of the Spanish language and the Mandarin Chinese language.
  • Compare Spanish and Chinese from a literary and linguistic knowledge of both languages.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to work autonomously, engaging in self-analysis and self. Criticism.
  • Describe the linguistic foundations on which the standards of Spanish and mandarin Chinese are based.
  • Identify and apply different methods and focuses for teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Recognise the factors of linguistic variation in Spanish from diachronic and synchronic viewpoints.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must have and understand knowledge of an area of study built on the basis of general secondary education, and while it relies on some advanced textbooks it also includes some aspects coming from the forefront of its field of study.
  • Take sex- or gender-based inequalities into consideration when operating within one's own area of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire techniques and methods of linguistic analysis related to variation.
  2. Communicate using language that is not sexist or discriminatory.
  3. Construct a spoken text using the correct grammar and vocabulary
  4. Construct texts according to the established rules.
  5. Correctly write previously analysed non-standard texts
  6. Create an organised and correct discourse, spoken and in writing, in the corresponding language.
  7. Define the concepts of semantic and pragmatic competence.
  8. Explain the rules of spelling.
  9. Identify the primary and secondary ideas and express them correctly.
  10. Interpret the process of acquiring Spanish as a foreign language compared with other languages.
  11. Know the current geolectal varieties of Spanish in the world, with special attention to the sociolinguistic varieties of Spanish in America.
  12. Know the linguistic phenomena according to the social, geographical and stylistic variability of the Spanish language and know how to relate them to the normative.
  13. Learn to use linguistic terminology related to norm and variation accurately.
  14. Propose projects and actions that incorporate the gender perspective.
  15. Relate linguistic theory with the methodology employed in the areas of Spanish as a foreign language.
  16. Summarise the knowledge acquired about the origin and changes experienced by the different fields of study in the discipline.
  17. To gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the linguistic diversity of Spanish.
  18. Use evaluation instruments to measure the level of knowledge of a foreign language.


1) Basic concepts and essential documents: the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and the Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes (PCIC)

2) Methods and approaches in teaching foreign languages

3) Introduction to the teaching of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and pragmatics in ELE

4) Readings and other graded input resources

5) Manuals, types of activities, strategies and ICT resources

6) Evaluation in the ELE classroom


The learning of this subject by the students is distributed as follows:

  •  Directed activities (35%): these activities are divided into master classes and seminars and classroom practices led by the faculty, in which theoretical explanation is combined with discussion of all types of materials.
  •  Supervised activities (10%): these tutorials are programmed by the teacher, dedicated to correcting and commenting on problems at different levels of linguistic analysis.
  •  Autonomous activities (50%): these activities include both time devoted to individual study and production of reviews, papers and analytical comments written, as well as oral presentations.
  •  Evaluation activities (5%): the evaluation of the subject will be carried out through written tests and orla presentations.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Theoretical-practical sessions 60 2.4 2, 4, 3, 6, 8, 18, 9, 10, 14, 5, 15, 16
Type: Supervised      
Tutoring 15 0.6 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15
Type: Autonomous      
Study and preparation for exams and assignments 75 3 2, 4, 3, 6, 8, 18, 9, 10, 14, 5, 15, 16


The subject will be continuously evaluated so that teachers can observe the evolution of the students regarding the assimilation and application of the content.

The activities that will be carried out are the following:

  1. Partial test (25 %): students must demonstrate that they have a good command of the different theoretical questions worked on during the first part of the subject.
  2. Final test (30 %): the student must analyse and adequately solve different problem cases related to some of the aspects studied in the subject.
  3. Practical activity (40 %): students must apply solidly the theoretical and practical content covered throughout the semester.
  4. Oral presentation of the practical activity (5 %).

0,25 points of penalty will be given, without limits, for each error of spelling, expression, lexicon and syntax committed on the final grade of the different tests.

To pass the subject all the evaluation activities must be done and all of them have to be passed (minimum 5). The final grade, once all the notes have been added and the percentages indicated above applied, must be equal to or greater than 5.

While it is the responsibility of the students to bring the subject up to date, the faculty will indicate with sufficient notice the date of each test.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools or will offer them feasible alternatives.

The student will be considered "Not evaluable" if he/she doesn't perform any of the tests or if he/she delivered only 30% of the evaluable evidence (tests and assignments) of the total of the subject. The elaboration of more than 30% of the tests will mean, then, the will of the student to be evaluated in the subject.

Students may apply for re-evaluation only in the case they have obtained a "Not evaluable" in those tests that together don't involve more than 60 % of the total of the final grade of the subject. The students who have presented all the evaluation activities or the 60 % of them may also apply for re-evaluation.

In case of requesting answers for exams or presentations of activities, papers, etc., everything must be original and the total or partial copy of materials already published in any medium is not allowed. In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Final test 30 % 0 0 1, 13, 2, 4, 3, 17, 12, 11, 7, 6, 8, 18, 9, 10, 14, 5, 15, 16
Oral presentation 5 % 0 0 2, 6, 18, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16
Parcial test 25 % 0 0 2, 4, 3, 7, 6, 18, 9, 10, 14, 5
Practical activity 40 % 0 0 1, 13, 2, 17, 12, 11, 7, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16


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