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Fall 2016

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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. Prepares students to use real-world application of language and cultural skills and knowledge in their chosen field at the high-intermediate level. See placement guidelines on Advisement Homepage. Instructor determines final placement. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or equivalent. Typically offered Spring only.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
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, carrying on conversations, leading class discussions and making oral presentations. Demonstrate proficiency through the completion of an oral interview 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 and analysis 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, articles and/or informative and persuasive papers. At least one of which will be a paper of at least 600 words.
5. Discuss and describe key aspects of Hispanic, Latin and/or Spanish culture, traditions and values including the Hispanic influence on and presence in the United States and locally and students' relationships with the Hispanic-world. All students will complete a culturally based research paper in Spanish of at least 600 words. The paper 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.




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 subjunctive and commands, compound tenses, relative pronouns, past subjunctive, sequencing of tenses, uses of infinitive, review of pronouns.*
IV. CULTURAL TOPICS
Interacting with native Spanish-speakers in the real world, current events, connections of past to present and future and topics of interest to students.
V. PROFICIENCY LEVELS
A. LISTENING
Understands standard speech delivered by native speaker with some repetition. Understands 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 communicative situations at the high-intermediate level. 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 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 Full-time Faculty.




Effective Term: Fall 2016