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In this free course, Ciudades con Historia, you will learn about the history of Spain and the important place of Arab and Jewish cultures in Spanish history. You will study a number of language points to help you talk about history and will write descriptive texts using a variety of stylistic devices.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand narrating in the past
- describe a place and daily routines in the past
- revise the presente histórico, preterite and imperfect tenses
- distinguish between the uses of the preterite and imperfect tenses
- locate events in the past: time expressions and dates, sequencing an account.
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Ciudades con Historia
In this course you will learn about the history of Spain and the important place of Arab and Jewish cultures in that history. We will revisit some key dates and we will see what life was like in the cities of Segovia and Córdoba where Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures coexisted for some time. In order to develop these topics, you will learn and practise the presente histórico, preterite and imperfect tenses and the use of time expressions to link various chronological events. There will also be opportunities to broaden your vocabulary in this area and to practise different ways to form nouns in Spanish. Finally, you will write descriptive texts using a variety of stylistic devices like analogies and metaphors.
Although the introductory text is in English, the main course itself is entirely in Spanish.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course L204.
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Originally published: Friday, 11th March 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 11th March 2016
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