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Alison M. Stevens
SPAN 406
Seattle Campus

Advanced Spanish Grammar

Problems of Spanish grammar. Differences from English grammar. Techniques for the effective teaching of Spanish. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303, SPAN 316 or SPAN 330; SPAN 323. Offered: jointly with SPLING 406; AWSp.

Class description

Covers subordination and collocation - adjective, adverb and noun clauses and subjunctive vs. indicative; reflexive verbs and the uses of pronominal "se"; issues of tense and aspect, in particular contrasts in use of preterite and imperfect with reference to imperfective and perfective aspect; copulative verbs - ser and estar; analysis of text and English-Spanish Spanish-English translation. A refinement of grammar knowledge from 300-level Spanish courses; also helpful to teachers of Spanish.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Participatory, workshop style. Students do board work and pair work as well as participating in class discussions of grammar and translation. Taught in both Spanish and English.

Recommended preparation

Mastery of the prerequisite coursework, with careful review recommended if courses not taken recently.

Class assignments and grading

Translation, fill-ins, analysis of text in Spanish, readings.

40% Exams 40% Final Exam 20% Participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alison M. Stevens
Date: 05/27/1998