Spanish III

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at strengthening the acquisition of the sociolinguistic competence regarding the diaphasic and contact varieties of the Spanish language, and to develop an adequate metalinguistic reflection. The skills related to the comprehension and production of texts oriented to personal narration (biographical interview and linguistic biography) and to the production of different oral and written texts in specific fields (report, job interview, etc.). The course has a theoretical / descriptive character and uses different research tools (analysis of the discourse, pragmatics and sociolinguistics).
At the same time, the acquisition of the grammatical and syntactical structures of the Spanish language will be promoted until reaching the C1 level of the European Framework, which provides for the domain of oral and written communication in a wide range of specialized topics (politics, economics, social sciences and tourism).
Expected learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide students with the key concepts of linguistic variation, the basic lexicon to express them, as well as skills of critical analysis of the Spanish language through discourse analysis, pragmatics and sociolinguistics tools.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
vided on the basis of the evolution of the health situation.

Programme and reference material

The programme and reference material will not be changed.

Learning verification and evaluation criteria

Examination methods may vary where it is not possible to take the examinations in attendance. In this case, all information will be provided in due time.

The starting point for all information relating to teaching is the "Plataforma de español" website on the Ariel platform, which students are required to consult regularly.
Course syllabus
Module 1: "Aspects of oral Spanish" (Prof. Mapelli, 20 hours, I sem.)
Some morphosynthetic, lexical and pragmatic traits of colloquial Spanish in different discursive genres will be analyzed.
Module 2: "Bilingualism and languages in contact" (prof. Calvi, 20 hours, I sem.).
The course aims to address the main problems related to bilingualism and social factors influencing language learning. It will be studied, in particular, the situations of contact between Italian and Spanish, and the diffusion of Spanish in the United States. In addition, texts oriented towards personal narrative (life stories and linguistic biography) will be analysed.
Module 3: "Use of speech markers" (Prof. Mapelli, 20 hours, II sem.).
The course aims to deepen the discursive strategies, with particular attention to the discursive signals, for the elaboration of written and oral texts.

The course includes exercise lessons (60 hours, I and II semester). The exercise lessons are intended to consolidate and expand the grammatical structures acquired in previous years (with particular attention to the use of verbal periphrases), and to strengthen oral practice. At the end of the course, the student will have to reach a competence not inferior to level C1 of the European Framework, which provides the domain of oral and written communication in a wide range of subjects.
Prerequisites for admission
Having passed the examen of Spanish Language II
Teaching methods
Lectures, exercises and group work
Teaching Resources
Part 1: Materials published in the Plataforma de español (
Dossier "Aspectos del español coloquial" with study materials available at the University Library. Who can not go to the library can request it by sending an email to or calling
BRIZ, A., El español coloquial: situación y uso, Madrid, Arco/Libros, 1996.

Part 2:
Materials published in the Plataforma de español (
Dossier "Bilingüismo y lenguas en contacto" with study materials available at the University Library. Who can not go to the library can request it by sending an email to or calling
Part 3:
Materials published on the Plataforma de español (

For the exercises
BLANCO CANALES, A., FERNÁNDEZ LÓPEZ, M. C., TORRENS ÁLVAREZ, M. J., Sueña 4. Book of the Alumni, Anaya, Madrid, 2007 (last edition).
BLANCO CANALES, A., FERNÁNDEZ LÓPEZ, M. C., TORRENS ÁLVAREZ, M. J., Sueña 4. Cuaderno de ejercicios, Anaya, Madrid, 2007 (last edition).
Integrations and bibliography for non-attendants
MILLARES, S., Método de español para extranjeros. Nivel Intermedio, Edinumen, 2001.
MILLARES, S., Método de español para extranjeros. Nivel Superior, Edinumen, 2001.
MARÍA LOZANO ZAHONERO, Gramática de referencia de la lengua española, Milan, Hoepli, 2011.

Guided self-learning activities
To consolidate their linguistic knowledge, students are also required to carry out the proposed activities through the Plataforma de español (

The materials for NON-attendants students are the same as those for students attending.

Students who are not attending are requested to come at least once during the reception hours of the teachers of the individual modules.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes a series of written and oral tests and an interview on the topics of the official course, which will take place as follows:
WRITTEN EXAMINATION: it takes place three times a year (May, September, January) and includes the following tests:
1. Grammar proficiency test: grammar test (25 multiple-choice questions), without dictionary, test duration 25 minutes; written translation from Italian into Spanish, in which you will be able to use the monolingual and bilingual dictionary (test duration 50 minutes). The tests are designed to ascertain knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures and specialist vocabulary.
2. Report ("Informe"): writing a text of at least 200 words max. 220 words based on the information provided by 2-3 passages in the language (about 1000 words in total), concerning the same subject area (time available 75 minutes). The monolingual dictionary can be used. The test is aimed at ascertaining comprehension and written production skills.
ORAL EXAMINATION: takes place six times a year and includes the following tests:
1. Oral mediation test to be carried out with practitioners. The test consists of a simulation (role-playing) of triadic exchanges between Spanish-speaker-Italian-speaker-interpreter placed in everyday contexts: food/gastronomic sector in general (with particular attention to Made in Italy); commercial/economical sector; real estate mediation; health care mediation, legal mediation.
2. Interview on the topics of the official course (Unit did. I, Mapelli and Unit did. II, Calvi), which aims to verify that the student has learned the notions of the two units, is able to express them clearly and precisely, using the correct terminology and has acquired an adequate metalinguistic reflection.
For the Unit did. III (Mapelli) there is no specific test, but the study and in-depth study of the topics covered will be fundamental to be able to face the grammar test and the formless that are part of the written exam.

Attending students will be able to take some of the exams during the year.

Important warnings:
- Evidence submitted to official appeals shall be valid for one calendar year.
- The validity of interim tests is specified when the results are published..
- The verbalization of the final vote can be made only at the oral appeals, after registration.
- Please also note that those who have registered and decide not to present themselves, are kindly requested to cancel their registration to UNIMIA, by the closing date of the appeal, to allow a better organization of the exam.

No certification is recognized.
L-LIN/07 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - SPANISH - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
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