From a cognitive and operational point of view, this course wants to reflect on the theoretical and, mainly, practical limits of traditional grammar explanations, contributing with a new meaningful, experiential and representational understanding of Spanish as a human mean of communication. Within this framework, some of the most representative aspects of the grammar of Spanish will be studied from a fully practical perspective, favoring the comparison with the grammar of English. In each case, the reflection will lead to turn the traditional rules with their exceptions into operational laws, as well as to highlight the natural logic underlying every single grammar decision in the use of language. Students will be required to:
Attend lectures in a participatory way.
- Read a selection of articles to get prepared for class (selection of titles under “Bibliography and Webgraphy” below).
- Perform investigations on some concrete grammar issues using internet texts and tools.
- Apply this knowledge in the most practical form possible: grammar teaching-learning material creation and lecturing (in-class presentations).
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