SPAN250 Advanced Spanish I
Department of Language & Literature: Spanish
- I. Course Number and Title
- SPAN250 Advanced Spanish I
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- SPAN202 (C or better) or equivalent
- V. Other Pertinent Information
Students 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. Text may change yearly.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement in Diversity.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This continuation of the work from the Intermediate sequence focuses on discussion of selected cultural readings, periodical articles, etc., to instill a greater mastery of spoken and written Spanish. This course also addresses advanced language skills and a deeper understanding of the Spanish-speaking countries.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing [Arts/Humanities];
- recognize and respond appropriately and with increasing detail to the most common spoken situations;
- demonstrate ability to write increasingly complex sentences in Spanish; and
- explain an increasing number of aspects of life in the Spanish-speaking countries [Diversity].
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.
Uses of “ser” and “estar”
Adverbs Comparisons of equality
Comparisons of inequality
“Hace” with time expressions
Verbs with different English equivalents in the preterit and the imperfect
The present perfect
Past participles used as adjectives
“Se” + verb for impersonal and passive expressions
Indirect object nouns and pronouns
“Gustar” and similar verbs
Direct object nouns and pronouns
The present subjunctive: wishes, hope, emotions, advice
Equivalents of to become
Vocabulary and social contexts:
Nouns and verbs relating to regional festivities
Nouns and verbs relating to personal changes and cultural trends
Identifying characteristics and facts about Hispanic communities
Spanglish as a cultural and linguistic phenomenon
The Spanish-speaking community in the United States
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- take quizzes and tests;
- complete assignments, such as short compositions and grammatical exercises;
- perform listening comprehension exercises; and
- 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.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Students use text, workbook, and multi-media resources of second-year proficiency-based Spanish program. See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015