Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SPA2021

 
TITLE Aspects of Spanish Language and Grammar 4

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Spanish and Latin American Studies

 
DESCRIPTION Partiendo de los conocimientos previos del estudiante, adquiridos en las asignaturas Aspects of Spanish Language & Grammar 1-3, el objetivo de esta asignatura es hacer hincapié en las estructuras especialmente complejas del español que, por su complejidad, se trataron de manera más general en las asignaturas anteriores. Se trataran los aspectos gramaticales más problemáticos de la gramática del español, como son la oposición ser y estar, los tiempos del pasado, la impersonalidad y los valores del pronombre se. El análisis de estas cuestiones gramaticales se realizará desde diferentes perspectivas (morfológica, sintáctica, etc.). Se contrastarán, además, las visiones que han ofrecido de estos problemas gramaticales diferentes especialistas y corrientes lingüísticas para establecer, en último término, las dificultades que presentan dichas cuestiones tanto a hablantes nativos como a no nativos.

Based on the student's prior knowledge, acquired in the units Aspects of Spanish Language & Grammar 1-3, the goal of this study-unit is to focus on the particularly complex structures of Spanish, which owing to their complexity, were only addressed in a somewhat general manner in the previous courses. The more problematic aspects of the grammar of Spanish will be dealt with, such as as are the opposition 'ser' and 'estar', past tenses, impersonality and the values of pronoun. The grammatical analysis of these issues will take place from different perspectives (morphological, syntactic, etc.). In addition,we shall compare the visions of these problems that have been offered by various specialists on grammar and language to establish the nature of the difficulties presented by these issues both native speakers and non-natives.

Study-unit Aims:

Consolidar y ampliar los conocimientos adquiridos previamente por los estudiantes en las asignaturas Aspects of Spanish Language & Grammar 1-3 y solucionar lagunas y carencias.

Consolidate and extend knowledge aacquired by the students in the Aspects of Spanish Language & Grammar 1-3 and attend to lacunae and deficiencies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- enfrentarse a la complejidad de ciertas estructuras del espanol;
- entender los factores que rigen el uso de ciertas estructuras complejas.

- Deal with the complexity of certain structures of Spanish;
- Understand the factors governing the use of certain complex structures.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- utilizar adecuadamente las estructuras complejas analizadas;
- explicar el funcionamiento de esas estructuras.

- Use properly the complex structures analyzed;
- Explain the functioning of these structures.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bosque y Demonte (dirs.), Gramatica Descriptiva de la Lengua Espanola, Espasa, 1999
- Real Academia Española y Asociación de Academias Americanas, Nueva Gramática de la Lengua Española, 2009

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S Ana Garcia

 
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