Revised 1/29/99



Introduces understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and emphasizes basic Spanish sentence structure. Lecture 5 hours per week.


Beginning Spanish II, the second semester of a basic introductory course, places emphasis on the continued development of proficiency in the following skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The student will learn to function in the language within a limited context of vocabulary and structures. The course includes a general introduction to culture.


The prerequisite for this course is SPA 101 - "Beginning Spanish I" or equivalent competency.


A. Listening

The student will be able to understand short, learned material and some sentence-length content, particularly where context strongly supports understanding and speech is clearly audible. The student will also understand simple questions, statements and high-frequency commands as well as video topics adapted for their use, although repetition, rephrasing and/or slower rate of speech for comprehension may still be required.
B. Speaking
The student will be able to handle a limited number of interactive, task oriented and social situations; ask and answer questions; initiate and respond to simple statements, and maintain face-to face conversations all in a highly restricted manner and with some linguistic inaccuracy. Within these limitations, the student will be able to describe people and places, narrate recurring events in the present tense and achieve some ability to narrate past events. Vocabulary is adequate to express the basic needs. Strong interference from native language may occur. With repetition, speakers at this level can generally be understood by sympathetic listeners.
C. Reading
The student will be able to interpret almost any simple material for native speakers.  Such texts are linguistically noncomplex and have a clear underlying internal structure, for example chronological sequencing. They impart basic information about which the reader has to make only minimal suppositions or to which the reader brings personal interest and/or knowledge.
D. Writing
The student will be able to meet limited practical writing needs in the present tense and some in the past tense; write short messages, postcards, and take down simple notes, and create statements or questions within the scope of limited language experience. The material produced consists of recombinations of learned vocabulary and structures into simple sentences on very familiar topics. The language is adequate to express elementary needs in writing. While frequent errors in grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and spelling will still be present, the writing can be understood by native speakers used to the writing of non-native speakers.

The student will be able to learn the structure of the Spanish language in a prescribed sequence beginning with the simplest structures and working toward the more complex. Topics and situations to be covered are determined largely by the textbooks chosen and are shared with SPA 101, i.e., some are covered in 101 and some in 102:

    1. Personal identification
    2. Education
    3. House and home
    4. Earning a living
    5. Services
    6. Leisure
    7. Family life
    8. Public and private services
    9. Community/neighborhood
    10. Shopping
    11. Physical environment
    12. Travel
    13. Meal-taking/Food/Drink
    14. Current events
    15. Health and welfare

Course content continues to develop the awareness of cultures that use Spanish, including social patterns of behavior, historical developments, and contributions to the arts and sciences.

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