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Summer 2014

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SPA202 - Intermediate Spanish 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Strengthens Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish I. Emphasizes increased accuracy and depth of students’ abilities and knowledge of contemporary Hispanic culture. 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. Students express themselves orally and in writing at the high-intermediate level and understand key concepts when spoken clearly at native speed. Instructor determines final placement. Typically offered Spring. Prerequisite: SPA 201 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:

Speaking:
1. Employ effective everyday speaking skills such as asking and answering spontaneous questions, using circumlocution, interviewing, carrying on conversations, leading class discussions 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 ten-minute oral
presentation that will be formally evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.

Listening:
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.

Reading:
4. Demonstrate reading comprehension and analysis 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.

Writing:
5. Demonstrate written proficiency by writing journals, dialogs, letters, essays, articles and/or informative and persuasive papers. At least two of which will be formally evaluated using a grading rubric and at least once of which will be a paper of at least 500 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 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 500 words. The paper will be evaluated using a standardized grading rubric, and form the basis for a minimum ten-minute oral 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:
I. SKILLS
Producing complex utterances, ordering past action, predicting, justifying, and protesting, interviewing, admiring, complaining, expressing moral stances, questioning advice, negotiating, compromising, making/breaking/avoiding commitments, telling jokes, requesting/offering translations, offering explanation or clarification, writing short research papers, controlling flow and direction of communication, controlling tempo of conversation.

II. VOCABULARY TOPICS
Expansion of topics covered in SPA 101-201 with the addition of customs and traditions, future society, the Press and communication, the environment, and literature. Topics will be determined in part by the goals of the students that make up the class.

III. GRAMMAR TOPICS
Review of Spanish syntax and grammar, application of these concepts to new and varied situations.

IV. CULTURAL TOPICS
Current events and topics of interest to students.

V. PROFICIENCY LEVELS
A. LISTENING
Understands standard speech delivered by native speaker with some repetition. Understand main idea of authentic video segments with prior introduction. Comprehends essential points of discussions or presentations on familiar topics, detects emotional overtones and understands inferences.

B. SPEAKING
Handles most communicative situations. Errors may occur due to stress and/or use of complex structures. Handles elementary constructions accurately, limited control of more complex structures may interfere with communication.

C. READING
Comprehends most factual information. Understands main idea of excerpts from literature. Detects overall tone or intent of a given text.

D. WRITING
Composes well-organized and unified texts on topics covered in class with a minimum of errors. Vocabulary is sufficient to cover most daily topics. Commands most frequently used syntactic structures, minor errors may occur. Complex structures may still cause difficulty in comprehension to a native speaker.

*Topics covered will vary slightly depending on the text adopted by the Spanish Faculty.




Effective Term: Spring 2013