Revised 1/29/99
 

NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
SPA 202 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II (3 CR.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Continue to develop understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of Intermediate Spanish is to enable the student to become more proficient in speaking and understanding Spanish in a greater variety of situations. The student will learn the more complex structures of the Spanish language. The student will also learn to read and write without recourse to translations.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCY

The prerequisite for this course is SPA 201 - "Intermediate Spanish I" or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. Listening

The student sustains understanding over long stretches of speech.

The student sustains understanding on a variety of topics pertaining to different times and places; (however, understanding may be incomplete.)

 
B. Speaking The student can initiate, sustain, and close a general conversation. (although errors are evident.)

The student will be able to use circumlocution to compensate for limited vocabulary.

The student begins to use connected discourse, particularly for simple narration or description.

The speaker can generally be understood even by natives not accustomed to dealing with speakers at this level. (although repetition may still be required.)

C. Reading The student will grasp main ideas and information from texts featuring description and narration.

The student begins to understand authentic material such as newspaper or magazine articles upon reading it more than once.

D. Writing The student can take notes in some detail on familiar topics and respond in writing to personal questions.

The student can write simple letters, brief synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data, work and school experience.

The student begins to describe and narrate in coherent paragraphs.

(The student's writing, though faulty, is generally comprehensible to natives used to the writing of nonnatives.)

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
  1. Cultural and historical topics
  2. Social issues
  3. Political events
  4. Further development in these areas:
  1. everyday situations
  2. family life
  3. student life
  4. cross cultural comparisons
  5. use of leisure time
OPTIONAL TOPICS

Literary texts


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