Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Spanish Language

Spanish Language
First semester
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

By appointment. In order to make an appointment, please request one by writing to

Carolina Serra: cserra@uic.es


Language is part of the curriculum in Communication Studies.  

Correct spelling and mastering the rules of Spanish are requisites to study a degree in Audiovisual Communication. This subject will reinforce writing, through the development of skills to detect and correct mistakes. Basic skills for a career that will value instrumental mastery of written language.

One of the requisites to study a degree in Audiovisual Comunicaction is correct spelling and mastering the rules of Spanish. This subject will reinforce therefore writing, through the development of skills to detect and correct mistakes. Basic skills for a career whose mastery of written language is one of its key factors.

To do so, students will be provided with tools to work and consolidate the basics of writing and the rules of Catalan and Spanish, both in lectures and in personalised correction practices.
The subject, Spelling Zero for Communication Studies aims to colsolidate  correct writing skills from the student. The communicator must be able to capture, understand and grasp the reality that surrounds him to transmit it properly. The excellence of this process is correct spelling, not only in content but also of spelling and syntax. Writing reflects the education and knowledge of the writer and it undoubtedly becomes a sign of identity of the person. The requirement of correct spelling is a responsibility to oneself, to the profession and, of course, to the public.

Therefore, the purpose of this subject is not just that students write correctly, but that they are able to adopt an attitude that allows them to function autonomously as a content editor, and to provide the respect of readers.


Pre-course requirements

Students are required to have prior knowledge of Spanish.



This subject reviews the basic contents of spelling and rules of Spanish to achieve the desired quality of writing in the degree of Communication Studies.



  • 01 - The ability to adapt to varying circumstances
  • 02 - The ability to understand, accept criticism and correct errors
  • 03 - The ability to administer and manage human and technical resources
  • 04 - The ability to work in a team and autonomously
  • 05 - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 06 - The ability to develop academic rigour, responsibility, ethics and professionalism
  • 07 - The ability to apply the deontology and respect for the audiovisual sector
  • 08 - The ability of critical analysis, synthesis, concretion and abstraction
  • 09 - The ability to objectify, quantify and interpret (data, statistics, empirical evidence…)
  • 10 - The ability to confront difficulties and resolve problems
  • 11 - The ability to generate debate and reflection
  • 12 - The ability to meet deadlines, develop the ability to be punctual and respect for human, technical and material resources
  • 13 - The ability to create spoken and written communication
  • 14 - Knowledge and mastery of rhetoric and oratory to communicate own ideas
  • 16 - The ability to manage, analysis and reflect on content
  • 17 - The ability to contextualize and critically analyze the events of social reality and to represent Contemporary History
  • 18 - The capacity and development of general culture and interest in social events
  • 19 - The ability of informative documentation
  • 20 - Knowledge and mastery of bibliographic media
  • 21 - Knowledge and mastery of the digital culture
  • 22 - Knowledge and mastery of the distinction between opinion and information / colloquial and cultured register
  • 23 - The ability to prioritize newsworthy events and contrast information
  • 24 - The ability to plan and organize both short term and long term projects
  • 25 - The ability to maximize creative development
  • 26 - The ability to develop a sense of taste and perfection in the aesthetics and finalization of projects
  • 37 - The ability to contextualize and critically analyze the organizational structure of global communication
  • 42 - The ability to distinguish, analyze and dominate the distinct genres and formats of television, film and radio
  • 44 - The ability to adapt to new audiovisual formats
  • 45 - The ability to know and dominate the techniques of audiovisual narrative.
  • 50 - The ability to adapt, understand and apply the expressive possibilities of new technologies and future changes
  • 53 - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English
  • 54 - The ability to skillfully manage the literature, terminology and linguistic structures of the English language related to the field of communication.

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to speak and write correctly.
  • Acquire a better command of language, creativity,
  • Be able to manipulate language effectively according to the objectives and purposes of each communicative situation.


MODULE 1: Spanish Language (1 credit)

1. Accentuation.

  • Rules of accentuation agudas, llanas, esdrújulas and sobresdrújulas .
  • Diphthong triphthong, hiatus.
  • The umlaut.
  • Monosyllabic words and diacritical accent.
  • Other cases: pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions.

2. Standards and punctuation.

  • The comma.
  • The full stop and coma.
  • The semi colon.
  • The full stop.
  • The ellipses.
  • Question and exclamation marks.
  • The parentheses.
  • Brackets.
  • The umlaut.
  • Quotation marks.
  • The streak.

3. Use case

  • Start of a text, names, special treatments...

4. The use of particular letters

  • "B" and "V"
  • "G" and "J"
  • "J" - "Y"
  • "H"
  • "M" and "N"
  • "H"

5. Interference with Catalan

6. Resources and reference sources (enhanced throughout the course)

7. Vocabulary (enhanced throughout the course)


Teaching and learning activities

In person

Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students.
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Evaluation continuous and includes a final exam.

MODULE 1: Spanish language

Final exam: 100% 

To overcome the subject it is essential to pass the final exam.

Bibliography and resources

Manual bàsico:

Ortografía de la lengua española. Real Academia Española. 1999.

Bibliografia recomenada:

Escribir sin faltas. José A. Martínez.

La cocina de la escritura, Daniel Cassany

Manual práctico de escritura académica, Estrella Montolío.

El dardo en la palabra, Fernando Lázaro Carreter






Teaching and learning material