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
  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:

    Uses of “ser” and “estar
    Adverbs Comparisons of equality
    Comparisons of inequality
    The superlative
    The preterit
    The imperfect
    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
    The infinitive
    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

    Cultural contexts:

    Identifying characteristics and facts about Hispanic communities
    Spanglish as a cultural and linguistic phenomenon
    The Spanish-speaking community in the United States

  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 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