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SPA201 - Intermediate Spanish 1
Catalog Description: Enhances Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the intermediate level. Prepares students to interact with native speakers in everyday settings. Increases depth and breadth of linguistic and cultural understanding. Instruction occurs in Spanish with some explanation in English. See placement guidelines on Advisement Homepage. Instructor determines final placement. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or equivalent. Typically offered Fall only.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Speaking: Employ effective everyday speaking skills such as asking and answering spontaneous questions, using circumlocution, interviewing, leading conversations and making oral presentations. Demonstrate proficiency through the completion of an oral presentation or exam that will be formally evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.*
2. Listening: Demonstrate listening comprehension skills such as understanding native speech, extracting the main idea and detailed information from a passage, and identifying tone and register.
3. Reading: Demonstrate reading comprehension abilities by answering questions about selections such as authentic articles, short stories and poems.
4. Writing: Demonstrate written proficiency by writing journals, dialogs, letters, essays and/or informative and persuasive papers. At least one of which will be a paper of at least 400 words.
5. Culture: Discuss and describe key aspects of Hispanic, Latin and/or Spanish culture, traditions and values including stereotypes, the interpretations of the terms Hispanic, Latino and Spanish, and connections with one's own culture. All students will complete a culturally based research paper in Spanish of at least 400 words that will be evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.*
Each course objective will be evaluated through a minimum of two formally evaluated assignments. Each course will include a minimum of five homework assignments or quizzes and two closed-book exams. In online courses a synchronous oral evaluation may replace the closed book exams.
* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Asking for/receiving information affirming/denying, stating intentions, evaluating, citing examples, promising, expressing sympathy, expressing subjective reality impatience/patience, indignation, regret, compassion, flattery/compliments, encouraging others, persuading others, refocusing/adjusting communications, communicating through correspondence, utilizing circumlocution.
II. VOCABULARY TOPICS
Expansion of topics covered in SPA 101 and 102 with the addition of topics such as today's society, transportation, politics and the environment.
III. GRAMMAR TOPICS
Subjunctive, preterite vs. imperfect review, double object pronouns, expansion of possession, conditional, future, passive voice, constructions with "se", compound tenses.
III. CULTURAL TOPICS
Societal values, interdependent world, current events, continuation of geography, history, art and music, stereotypes, immigration, difference among Spanish-speakers, living in a global world.
V. PROFICIENCY LEVELS
Comprehends details and main idea of conversations and messages within familiar situations comprehends native speakers with some repetition and circumlocution, understands essential points of presentations on familiar topics. Stress and unfavorable listening conditions as well as limited vocabulary and complex structures may hinder comprehension.
Handles varied communicative situations but may need help when topics range beyond classroom discussion. Converses about present, past and future actions and events. May commit errors with more complex structures, pronunciation rarely inhibits understanding for a native speaker used to dealing with foreigners.
Comprehends essential points and some details of expository writing, separates main ideas from lesser ones. Understands main idea of factual, non-technical prose, gathers information correctly from graphs, tables and charts.
Writes paragraphs, dialogs, short reports and news articles making use of commonly used structures. Expresses him/herself in past present and future, and influences others and makes use of circumlocution. Writing is comprehensible to native speaker used to dealing with foreigners.
*Topics covered will vary slightly depending on the text adopted by the Full-time Faculty.
Effective Term: Fall 2016