Spanish 345 Advanced Grammar Studies


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A Handbook of Contemporary Spanish Grammar by Ana Beatriz Chiquito
Published by Vista Higher Learning (2012)

Student Edition + Supersite
ISBN: 978-1-61767-106-7

Supersite only:


Lawrence VHL Store



Butt, John and Carmen Benjamin. A New reference Grammar of Modern Spanish. (at the Library and at the CTL)

Emily Spinelli,  English Grammar for Students of Spanish:  The Study Guide for Those Learning Spanish.  4th edition.  The Olivia & Hill Press, 1998.

Florey, Kitty Burns. Sister Bernadette’s barking dog: the quirky and lost art of diagramming sentences. New Jersey: Melville, 2006.

Whitley, Stanley. Spanish/English Contrasts. A Course in Spanish Linguistics. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown UP, 1986.

Spanish Grammar in Review (3rd Edition) (Paperback) by Holton, James S., Roger L. Hadlich, and Norma Gómez-Estrada . New York: Pearson, 2000.

 COURSE Goals and Objectives

  • To review basic Spanish grammar skills such as verb tenses, paying special attention to the subjunctive mood, the imperfect vs. preterit, “por” and “para” and other so-called complex structures.
  • To enhance students’ ability to speak in Spanish by having them prepare formal oral presentations about specific grammar rules.
  • To relate grammar rules to the culture of the countries in which Spanish is spoken, that is, Latin America and Spain.  For this reason, there will be a total of 5 cultural chapters included in the course.


3 (three) absences are allowed during the term; each absence in excess of 3 will lower your participation grade / score by 10% percentage points each.  Tardiness (being late) will be treated as 1/2 absence each time and will affect the participation score.


Students should familiarize themselves with all terms, descriptions, concepts, and the like of a reading selection.  The instructor is a strong believer that an excellent class includes the combination of an enthusiastic and informed teacher and student interaction.

 GRADE POLICY. Students will be evaluated on their successful completion of the following:

  • Participation and Class work     15%
  • Supersite activities                    30%
  • 3 tests (there will be no make-ups, unless you contact the instructor in advance and discuss your reasons for requesting one) 45 % (15% each)
  • Presentation                             10%


A         100-93                                                 C+        79-78

A-        92-90                                                   C          77-73

B+        89-88                                                   C-        72-70

B          87-83                                                   D+       69-68

B-        82-80                                                   D         67-63

                                                                        D-        62-60

                                                                         F          59 and Below