: ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND COMMUNICATION
0825 2009-2010 Autumn
: TTh 8:00-9:30
: Professor Beltrán-Vocal
: McGaw 305
: (773)325-7000 ext. 51866
: TTh 10:00-11:00, Friday 1:00-2:00
and by appointment
1) Wegmann, Brenda, et al.
Boston: Heinle, 2010.
2) McVey Gill, Mary, et al.
Cinema for Spanish Conversation
2d ed. Newburyport, MA:
3) "Manual de gramática para Español 201" (This grammar manual is available on
I recommend that you print it all out and keep it all together in a three-
In this class students will work toward improving their speaking, listening, reading, and
writing skills in Spanish at the advanced level as they explore various topics related to the
history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
We will also focus on four major
grammar points that typically cause difficulty for students of Spanish as a foreign language:
the distinction between
, verb tense, verb aspect (preterite/imperfect), and verb
There will be several assigned readings and films, short
writing assignments, compositions, written exams, and an oral exam.
Attendance and Participation
. You must come to class prepared, following the
program of study.
If you do not come prepared, you will not receive full credit for
En esta clase se requiere que los estudiantes hablen siempre en
In addition, everyone will need to participate in two of the four pre-class
discussions on blackboard.
(See #2 below.)
For every class you will receive a
3=good preparation and participation.
2=some preparation and/or participation.
1=poor preparation or participation.
In order to receive three points for a given class, you must: 1) arrive on time and stay for
the whole session, 2) demonstrate that you have done the assigned readings and exercises
for that day, 3) participate in discussions and other activities, and 4) speak Spanish the
We will occasionally translate sentences into English and compare English and
Spanish vocabulary and structures, but everything else will be in Spanish.