2020 Spanish: Intermediate Course 1

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Watanabe Akira 
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Course description and aims

"Spanish: Intermediate Course 1 and 2'' are designed for students who have finished "Spanish: Basic Course 4". In "Spanish: Intermediate Course 1'', we will study past tenses after reviewing thoroughly the concept of the “mood”. In "Spanish: Intermediate Course 2", we will study tenses like future, conditional and past tense of subjunctive. By the end of "Spanish: Intermediate Course 2'', students will have learnt all the tenses and moods in terms of grammar and can expect to express themselves in simple and somewhat articulated phrases and sentences. You will learn how to read and write simple and not so simple texts in various tenses and moods, and will be ready to read some complicated texts or express themselves in more articulated ways.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will have acquired the whole set of knowledge about Spanish grammar. You will also be able understand some complicated texts or express yourselves in more articulated ways.


Spanish grammar and vocabulary, Society and culture of the Spanish speaking countries

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The instructor explains the main grammatical points of the day. Students will solve some quizzes on related topics, and also read texts in classroom to get a better understanding of each topic. The instructor also tends to show a movie or put some music in class so that students get acquainted to the culture and society of Spanish speaking countries. Attendance is required in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Checking students proficiency To be announced in each class.
Class 2 Moods in Spanish (theory and practice) To be announced in each class.
Class 3 Greetings using several different moods, Greetings using several different moods To be announced in each class.
Class 4 Midterm exam, Past tense (introduction) To be announced in each class.
Class 5 Pretérito To be announced in each class.
Class 6 Co-pretérito, Difference between pretérito and co-pretérito To be announced in each class.
Class 7 Final exam, Review of what we learnt in the quarter To be announced in each class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Tello Maroto, Doce lecciones de español, Hakusuisha;
Satoshi Ninomiya, Veinte lecciones esenciales de gramática española, Asahi shuppansha.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be provided in class. Books by Ueda and Nishimura (see the Japanese version) are highly recommended to enhance your grammatical knowledge.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by two exams (midterm and final) (35% and 45%, respectively) and by the end of term essay (20%).

Related courses

  • LAL.S202 : Spanish: Basic Course 2
  • LAL.S203 : Spanish: Basic Course 3
  • LAL.S204 : Spanish: Basic Course 4
  • LAL.S332 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 2
  • LAL.S333 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 3
  • LAL.S334 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 4
  • LAL.S341 : Spanish: Advanced Course 1
  • LAL.S342 : Spanish: Advanced Course 2
  • LAL.S343 : Spanish: Advanced Course 3
  • LAL.S344 : Spanish: Advanced Course 4

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed "Spanish: Basic Course 4 '' or have an equivalent competence in Spanish language.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).


Office hours

Not yet determined, but most probably, lunch break (12:30-13:30) on Tuesdays. Will be announced at the 1st class meeting.


I am not sure how I should organize this intermediate course online, so if you are interested in taking this course, please get in touch with me via email and let's try to figure out how we can make this class work.

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