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|SPA102 - Elementary Spanish 2|
Catalog Description: Strengthens Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing skills acquired in Elementary Spanish I. Emphasizes the ability to use and understand Spanish in context. Strategies may include lecture/discussion, group and individual work, oral exercises, presentations, video, reading and writing assignments. Requires laboratory-supported practice. Instruction occurs in Spanish with clarification in English. Students express themselves orally, read authentic materials, understand oral input, and write compositions at the high-novice level. Instructor determines final placement. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:
1. Employ effective everyday speaking skills such as asking and answering spontaneous questions, carrying on conversations, interviewing, and making oral presentations. At least two of these will be formally evaluated through interviews, task cards, laboratory activities, oral exams and/or presentations.
2. Demonstrate oral proficiency and the ability to engage in spontaneous communication using productive and receptive skills in the target language at the high-novice level through completion of an oral exam that will be formally evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.*
3. Demonstrate listening comprehension skills such as understanding the main idea of conversations and passages and extracting detailed information from a given passage. At least two of these will be formally evaluated through quiz or exam questions, textbook activities or laboratory exercises.
4. Demonstrate reading comprehension abilities by answering questions about selections such as advertisements, dialogs, paragraphs, letters and news articles. At least two of these will be formally evaluated through quiz or exam questions, workbook assignments or laboratory activities.
5. Demonstrate written proficiency by writing journals, dialogs, paragraphs, letters and/or essays using vocabulary studied in class. At least two of these will be formally evaluated and at least one of which will be an essay or dialog of at least 250 words that will be formally evaluated using a grading rubric.
The above areas will be evaluated through the activities mentioned and a minimum of 5 quizzes and/or homework assignments and a minimum of two closed-book exams. In online classes the closed-book exams may be replaced by a synchronous individual oral evaluation.
In addition students will:
6. Discuss and describe key aspects of Hispanic, Latin and/or Spanish culture, traditions and values through the completion of a cultural essay in Spanish of at least 250 words that will be evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.*
7. Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate language technology by completing laboratory-
supported exercises at least four of which will be formally evaluated.
* 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.
Making generalizations, hypothesizing, summarizing, issuing invitations, asking for/offering help, expressing possibility/impossibility, certainty/doubt, beliefs, opinions, fear, preference, approval/disapproval, indifference, narrating, explaining reasons, forgiving, making suggestions, expressing corrections, proposing a course of action, decision making, giving commands, comparing, contrasting, being hospitable, expressing concern, interruption, sequencing communication, commenting on a topic, passing on information, making telephone calls.*
Expansion of topics covered in SPA 101 with the addition of shopping, clothes, restaurants, vacations, holidays, travel and tourism, free time, social life, health and the body.*
Continuation of irregular present tense verbs, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, direct and indirect object pronouns, present progressive, preterit forms, imperfect forms, preterit vs. imperfect, reflexive verbs, commands, subjunctive, "por" vs. "para."*
Current events, sports, food, leisure activities, geography, history, holidays, art and music.
Comprehends short conversations on simple topics. Requires some repetition and /or circumlocution. Understands main idea of longer passages with unfamiliar content.
Initiates and sustains conversation with some hesitation and few grammatical errors. Makes use of circumlocution. Pronunciation is comprehensible to a native speaker used to dealing with foreigners, may need to repeat.
Understands simple narrative and descriptive authentic materials. Uses cognates and deduces meaning from context, reads for details and makes use of visual clues and background knowledge.
Composes well-organized paragraphs and dialogs using vocabulary studied and common structures. Expresses comprehensible present future and past ideas. Errors may occur with more complex structures.
*Topics covered will vary slightly depending on the text adopted by the Spanish faculty.
Effective Term: Fall 2013