SPAN250 Advanced Spanish I
Department of Language & Literature: Spanish
Course Number and TitleSPAN250 Advanced Spanish I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
PrerequisitesSPAN202 (C or better) or equivalent
Other Pertinent InformationStudents 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.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
- 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.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will: articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:Grammatical topics
Uses of “ser” and “estar”
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
More nouns and verbs used to talk about sports and leisure activities of today
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 Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students
- 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.
- Core (if applicable)
- Cultural Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests which examine the cultural topics presented in the course and in which they compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices of some Spanish-speaking people.
- International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Students take quizzes/tests or complete sections of quizzes/tests in which they 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 Students:Students use text, workbook, and multimedia resources of second-year proficiency-based Spanish program. See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011