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Intermediate Spanish Conversation

SPA 214

Intermediate Spanish Conversation

SPA 214

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and SPA 212; or four semesters of college-level Spanish; or four years of High School Spanish, any with a minimum grade of C; or permission of instructor. Offers the opportunity to read and discuss short authentic literary and non-literary texts in Spanish and to watch and discuss selected video samples in Spanish. Discusses selected topics such as differences in cultures, educational systems, families, political systems, etc. Conducts course in Spanish. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate expressive and receptive skills appropriate to intermediate level Spanish.

Objectives:

  • Discuss selected Spanish texts and video samples.
  • Formulate emotional and analytical responses to selected Spanish texts and video samples and to the responses of others.
  • Use a variety of tenses and vocabulary to discuss the literary and non-literary texts and video samples.
  • Use strategies for decoding unfamiliar vocabulary and for negotiating meaning.

Compare and contrast differences between one's own culture and Hispanic cultures in a sensitive and informed manner.

Objectives:

  • Identify several Spanish speaking countries and regions, as well as several Spanish speaking populations in the United States.
  • Describe the connections between Spanish language and Hispanic culture in the classroom and the surrounding community.
  • Describe the diversity of Hispanic cultures, including, but not limited to, cultural products, practices, and attitudes.
  • Compare and contrast some of the differences that exist between Hispanic cultures of different regions and the students' culture.
  • Examine and explain one's attitudes about Hispanic culture.
  • Develop the ability to make sensitive cultural comparisons.