An Approach to Modality for Higher Education Students of English

  1. Marta Carretero 1
  2. Juan Rafael Zamorano 1
  3. Jorge Arús 1
  4. Francisco Nieto 1
  5. Cristina Alonso 2
  6. Asunción Villami 3
  1. 1 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Madrid, España

    ROR 02p0gd045

  2. 2 Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Ciudad Real, España


  3. 3 Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Cuenca
Panorama de las lenguas en enseñanza superior: ACLES 2005 : 19, 20 y 21 de mayo 2005
  1. Marta Genís Pedra (coord.)
  2. Elena Orduna Nocito (coord.)
  3. David García-Ramos Gallego (coord.)

Publisher: Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

ISBN: 978-84-88957-54-2

Year of publication: 2005

Pages: 91-101

Congress: Congreso de la Asociación de Centros de Lengua en la Enseñanza Superior (ACLES) (4. 2005. Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid))

Type: Conference paper


It is well known that English modal expressions pose no small problems for Spanish-speaking students. We believe that Higher Education students, due to their capacity for conceptual reasoning, may benefit from understanding the concept and types of modality and by knowing the main expressions of each type. This paper will set forth an approach to the expression of modality in English in these lines: modal auxiliaries will be shown to have a given degree of strength in all their uses, which may apply to two or more types of modality. Due to the functional basis of this proposal, modals will be viewed together with other realizations of all the meanings within the area of modality. We will also suggest diverse activities geared towards familiarization with modal expressions, including analysis of authentic texts and exercises based on communicative functions such as supposing or requesting.