Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

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Study Abroad in Salamanca: Courses

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Spanish Language and Culture Program

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses - 3 credits for Session 1 and 4 credits for Session 2. All students take a Spanish language (grammar) course regardless of which Session you choose. A language placement test after arrival in Salamanca will determine the correct level of Spanish for you. We recommend that students gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels in order to ensure that they receive credit for the level that they test into.

Spanish Grammar Courses

Spanish Language 101 (3) (4) | Nivel Elemental/Elementary

For students with a little or no previous Spanish language experience. Equal to an advanced Elementary or low Intermediate course in most U.S. universities. Conducted in Spanish and includes 2 hours of Spanish grammar and conversation emphasizing fluency. Focus on functional uses of the language (greetings, saying goodbye, introducing oneself, asking information such as addresses, favors, time and day, etc.). Grammar covers alphabet, present verbs, introductions to past verbs, simple comparisons, pronouns, “ser/estar”, “ir a” plus infinitive, “estar” plus gerund, imperative sentences, etc.

Spanish Language 201 (3) (4) | Nivel Intermedio/Intermediate

Suitable for students who have a basic knowledge of the Spanish grammar and enough vocabulary to participate in class conversation. Grammar content includes: “ser” versus “estar”, preterit versus imperfect verbs, the conditional, future tense, “estar” plus gerund, superlatives, making hypothesis etc. Communication skills focus on narrating in past and future, giving advice, describing in the past and future tense, asking and giving information about curriculum vitae, etc.

Spanish Language 301 (3) (4) | Nivel Avanzado/Advanced

Equivalent to an extremely advanced undergraduate course or a basic graduate course in most U.S. universities. This course focuses strongly on communicative and grammatical skills. Content includes: the subjunctive, pluscuamperfecto, correct use of “ser” and “estar”, phrases with prepositions that indicate time, “por” and “para”, personal pronouns, movement verbs with prepositions, independent phrases with subjunctive, etc. Students will learn to express feelings, impressions, possibilities, desires, etc. Communication covers: giving permission, opinions, evaluations; expressing doubts, possibilities, worries, agreements/disagreements, preferences; asking opinions, etc.

Spanish Language 401 (3) (4) | Nivel Superior/Superior

Bilingual students usually place in this level. Content focuses on refining and further developing communicative as well as grammatical skills. Content includes: alternate of indicative and subjunctive, general and specific uses of “ser” and “estar”, future and conditional, imperative, etc.

Session 1

In addition to the Spanish course, beginner level students take the course below as their 3rd hour subject.

Beginner Level Course (3rd Hour)

| Build Your Vocabulary

Beginner level students take this course in addition to Spanish Grammar. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes above.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd Hour)

In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose one course from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes above. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. All classes are taught in Spanish. Please note that courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca.

| Conversation and Composition

Students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.

| Spanish History

This course introduces and analyzes the different periods, facts and relevant figures that, from pre-history to current days, have been building the multicultural history of Spain. Practical approach through images, texts and documents.

Session 1 Optional Courses

For an additional fee students can take an additional 1 ($220) or 2 courses ($345) for 1 or 2 credits for their 4th and 5th hours of class per day.

Beginner level students can take the course below for their 4th hour:

| Activities for Communication

Students will use memorized words and structures with the aim of communicating information in simple daily situations. Students will aim to understand and produce texts of use frequently related to areas of experience relating to their personal lives. They will understand a number of limited questions and respond to them with efficient communication.

Intermediate and above level students can choose one of the courses below for their 4th hour:

| Spanish Culture

The aim of the course is to come closer to the diverse range of typical sociocultural features and markers of the Spanish reality; to understand the geographical situation and the political and administrative organisation of the country; to analyze the diverse humanities disciplines (history, art, literature..) considering their influence on Spanish society in the present day.

| Spanish and Latin American Literature

The course will present the diverse literary periods, framing them in their corresponding historical, political and social context. It will delve into the principal works of art of Spanish and Latin American literature and into the characteristics and personalities of their authors. Students will reflect, from the point of view of the critic, on the elements and mechanics of literary language.

| Oral Skills

The aim of the course is to understand texts and daily conversations using distinct strategies of oral comprehension; to communicate simple and concrete information; to participate in conversations concerning frequent and everyday themes; to resolve, through oral communication, practical matters concerning daily life.

Beginner level students can take the course below for their 5th hour:

| Language Laboratory

Course description coming soon!

Intermediate and above level students can choose one of the courses below for their 5th hour:

| Spanish Art

The aim of the course is to highlight the extent and variety of the heritage of Spanish art. Students will develop their artistic sensibility and their capacity to appreciate and observe works of art. They will analyze renowned works of art, situating them in the context of time and space and exploring the significance of their historical, cultural and social importance.

| Spanish and Latin American Cinema

The aim of the course is to delve into the general history of Spanish and Latin American cinema; to watch and analyze the most representative films of Spanish and Latin American cinema; to relate Spanish and Latin American cinema to its social context, through immediate history and through other manifestations.

| Written Skills

The aim of the course is to understand short texts and media related to themes of general interest; to produce short personal texts related to social life and daily events; to know and use the principle connectors of written text; to learn the basic rules of correcting spelling

Session 2

In addition to the Spanish course, beginner level students take the course below as their 3rd hour subject.

Beginner Level Courses (3rd Hour)

| Build Your Vocabulary

Beginner level students take this course in addition to the Spanish Grammar course. It provides students with basic vocabulary they may need in order to solve basic daily-life tasks and problems using the Spanish language. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes.

Intermediate and Above Level Electives (3rd Hour)

In addition to the Spanish Grammar course Intermediate or above level students choose one elective course from those listed. Please note that recommended credits for these courses are included in the total shown in parentheses in the Spanish language classes. Students should indicate their chosen option on their application form. Courses may change at the discretion of the University of Salamanca. All courses are taught in Spanish.

| Spanish for Business

This course is designed for students who wish to focus on Spanish in the business world. Special emphasis on specific vocabulary regarding this area and on the main language skills within this domain.

| Contemporary Spanish History

In this course, students analyze the most relevant events and figures from the 20th century and understand their repercussions on modern Spain.

| Conversation and Composition

In this course, students work on their writing and speaking skills through the analysis and production of different written and oral texts.

Session 2 Optional Courses

For an additional fee students can take an additional 1 ($250) or 2 courses ($445) for 1 or 2 credits for their 4th and 5th hours of class per day.

Beginner level students can take the course below for their 4th hour:

| Activities for Communication

Students will use memorized words and structures with the aim of communicating information in simple daily situations. Students will aim to understand and produce texts of use frequently related to areas of experience relating to their personal lives. They will understand a number of limited questions and respond to them with efficient communication.

Intermediate and above level students can choose one of the courses below for their 4th hour:

| Spanish Culture

The aim of the course is to come closer to the diverse range of typical sociocultural features and markers of the Spanish reality; to understand the geographical situation and the political and administrative organisation of the country; to analyze the diverse disciplines of humanity (history, art, literature..) considering their influence on Spanish society in the present day.

| Contemporary Spanish Literature

The course will present diverse literary periods from the 20th century, placing them in their social, political and historical context. It will delve into the principle contemporary works of Spanish and Latin American literature, their characteristics and personality of the author. Finally, students will reflect from a critical point of view, on the elements and mechanisms of literary language.

| Oral Skills

The aim of the course is to understand texts and daily conversations using distinct strategies of oral comprehension; to communicate simple and concrete information; to participate in conversations concerning frequent and everyday themes; to resolve, through oral communication, practical matters concerning daily life.

Beginner level students can take the course below for their 5th hour:

| Language Laboratory

Course description coming soon!

Intermediate and above level students can choose one of the courses below for their 5th hour:

| Spanish Art

The aim of the course is to highlight the extent and variety of the heritage of Spanish art. Students will develop their artistic sensibility and their capacity to appreciate and observe works of art. They will analyze renowned works of art, situating them in the context of time and space and exploring the significance of their historical, cultural and social importance.

| Written Skills

The aim of the course is to understand short texts and media related to themes of general interest; to produce short personal texts related to social life and daily events; to know and use the principle connectors of written text; to learn the basic rules of correcting spelling

Sessions 1+2 Combined

Students have 3 hours of class per day during both sessions plus one-week free time between sessions. Housing is covered during that week. Please see course descriptions for Session 1 and Session 2 for available courses.


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