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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
SPAN250 (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
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. 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:
      1. 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

    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 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