SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish I

Department of Language & Literature: Spanish

I. Course Number and Title
SPAN201 Intermediate Spanish I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
SPAN111 (C or better) or equivalent
V. Other Pertinent Information

Students are expected to spend between six and nine hours per week outside of class in activities, such as learning vocabulary, reading, completing written exercises, working on pronunciation, preparing oral presentations, and working with the multimedia files that accompany the text.

This course meets the General Education requirement in Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course, which further develops skills introduced in SPAN111, reviews basic essentials of vocabulary and grammatical constructions and presents some constructions not yet studied. The course also provides material for a solid foundation in conversation and composition. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and appreciation of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
    3. write increasingly complex sentences in Spanish; and
    4. explain an increasing number of aspects of life in the Spanish-speaking countries [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Please note: the sequence of topics listed below is under revision. Contact the Language & Literature department for specifics.

    Grammatical topics:

    1. preterit of some stem-changing verbs
    2. imperfect tense
    3. preterit versus imperfect
    4. formation of the present subjunctive
    5. some uses of the present subjunctive
    6. present perfect tense
    7. future tense
    8. por versus para
    9. conditional tense

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    1. more nouns and verbs used to talk about daily activities
    2. nouns and verbs relating to occupations and the workplace
    3. nouns and verbs relating to travel, technology and social problems

    Cultural contexts:

    1. more study involving Hispanics in the United States
    2. Hispanics - daily life and the workplace
    3. visiting Spanish - speaking countries
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take quizzes and tests;
    2. complete assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
    3. perform listening comprehension exercises; and
    4. participate in oral interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.

    Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Instructors employ text, workbook, multimedia resources, and internet resources of first-year proficiency-based Spanish program. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/99; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; revised 12/6/2010; New Core 8/2015