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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
SPAN202 (C or better) or equivalent
Corequisites
None
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.
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. acquire and demonstrate increasing competence in the four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing;
      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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
        articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Grammatical topics

    Uses of “ser” and “estar
    Adverbs
    Comparisons of equality
    Comparisons of inequality
    The superlative
    Nominalization
    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

    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

    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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
  4. 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.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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