SPAN251 Advanced Spanish II

Department of Language & Literature: Spanish

I. Course Number and Title
SPAN251 Advanced Spanish II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
SPAN250 (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
In this continuation of work from SPAN250, students discuss selected cultural readings, newspaper and magazine articles, etc., in order to acquire 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
  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. demonstrate ability to 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:

    Use direct and indirect object pronouns
    Use formal commands
    Use informal commands
    Introduce cognates and false cognates
    Learn about reflexive verbs and pronouns Learn about reciprocal verbs
    Learn present subjunctive with expressions of doubt
    Learn the uses of “se
    Form indefinite and negative expressions
    Use indicative and subjunctive in adjective clauses
    Express the conditional
    Express the future tense
    Use relative pronouns
    Use indefinite and negative expressions
    Use indicative and subjunctive in adverbial clauses
    Use verbs followed by an infinitive
    Use the imperfect subjunctive
    Learn hypothetical conditions using imperfect subjunctive and conditional
    Learn the equivalents of English let’s

    Vocabulary and social contexts:

    More nouns and verbs used to talk about foods in the Spanish-speaking world
    Nouns and verbs relating to family relationships
    Nouns and verbs relating to pollution and other environmental problems

    Cultural contexts:

    Identifying origins of food and food products
    Reporting and discussing social changes
    Discussing causes and effects of current environmental problems

  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:

    Students use text, workbook, and multimedia 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