Introduction

The Spanish for Foreigners course is focused on the development of the linguistic and grammatical skills to acquire a better command of the language. It intends to offer a comprehensive study plan with a theoretical and practical approach that requires a level of prior competence as the central axis, since the courses are designed under the agreements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), which ensures the ability or learning, teaching as well as the evaluation of levels offered in this course. For this reason, the levels that will be offered are: A1, A2, B1, B2, each one with their respective required workload.

For that matter, this course is developed so that foreign students learn a new language such as Spanish, living an experience with the advantage of being in an environment where they can immediately put the acquired knowledge into practice. In that sense, A touristic city as Cartagena de Indias  (considered by UNESCO as Historical Heritage of Humanity) is a perfect place to learn the Spanish language Likewise, the development of the course is oriented at the observation, interpretation and fluency of the Spanish language, since this will allow students who decide to take the course to acquire a pragmatic and linguistic knowledge of the language having as an added value that it is one of the most important languages and with that the possibility for better opportunities in the international context is facilitated.

JUSTIFICATION

The Spanish language is considered the language with the highest number of speakers; In addition to that, it is the official language in 21 countries, the fourth most spoken language and the second most important language. From this point of view, the growing number of people considered as “Spanish speakers” in countries with another official language has made the teaching of Spanish a necessity for the development of the international context.

Also, as Cartagena is a touristic city that receives many foreign visitors on a daily basis, the role of the Spanish language would be an opportunity for both its students and the city in terms of tourism, international recognition and employment.

Objetivo

MAIN OBJECTIVE

  • To develop all necessary competences for the use of Spanish the language

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  • To achieve the development of communicative, linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic competencies as well as to help improve labor opportunities.
  • To understand the main and secondary ideas of different speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish
  • To apply communicative development making use of different times, arguing points of view and describing experiences and times

METHODOLOGY

The methodology of this international summer course will be theoretical and practical. The theoretical sessions will be accompanied by seminars and practical workshops in scenarios related to the subject of the course. Additionally, a component of guided tours will be provided. The course is also designed in order to live the experience of the city from different perspectives: cultural, historical, aesthetic and other touristic activities that the city offers. The academic portfolio will be accompanied by activities that meet the expectations of the experience of the city and the university.