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Summer 2016

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SPA201 - Intermediate Spanish 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Enhances Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasizes increasing the accuracy and depth of communicative abilities and cultural understanding. Strategies may include lecture/discussion, group and individual work, presentations, oral exercises, video, reading and writing assignments. Requires laboratory-supported practice. Instruction occurs in Spanish. Students express themselves verbally and in writing, read authentic sources, and understand clear, native speech at the intermediate level. Instructor determines final placement. Fall only.

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, using circumlocution, interviewing, carrying on conversations 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 proficiency through the completion of a five-minute oral
presentation that will be formally evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.

3. Demonstrate listening comprehension skills such as understanding native speech, extracting the main idea and detailed information from a passage, and identifying tone and register. 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 authentic articles, short stories and poems. At least two of these will be formally evaluated through quiz or exam questions, workbook or homework assignments or laboratory activities.

5. Demonstrate written proficiency by writing journals, dialogs, letters, essays and/or informative and persuasive papers. At least two of these will be formally evaluated using a grading rubric and at least one of which will be a paper of at least 350 words.

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 research paper in Spanish of at least 350 words. The paper will be evaluated using a standardized grading rubric, and be the basis of a minimum five-minute presentation to the class in Spanish.

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.

Content Outline:
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.

Expansion of topics covered in SPA 101 and 102 with the addition of today's society, transportation, politics and the environment.

Subjunctive, preterite vs. imperfect, direct and indirect object pronouns, expansion of possession, conditional, future, passive voice, constructions with "se", compound tenses.

Societal values, interdependent world, current events, continuation of geography, history, art and music.


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 Spanish Faculty.

Effective Term: Spring 2013