Revised 1/29/99
 

NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
SPA 201 - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I (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. He learns to read and write without recourse to translations.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCY

The prerequisite for this course is SPA 102 - "Beginning Spanish II" or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

A. Listening

The student will understand content referring to basic personal background and needs, social conventions, and somewhat more complex situations which may include such topics as lodging, transportation, shopping, personal interests and activities, and a greater diversity of instructions and directions.  In addition to face-to-face conversations, the student will be able to understand short routine telephone conversations and simple announcements and reports over the media.
B. Speaking
Given a basic communicative context, the student will be able to talk simply about himself and family members, ask and answer questions, and participate in simple conversations on topics beyond immediate needs, such as personal history and leisure time activities.  The student's sentence length will be longer than in 101 and 102, but may contain long pauses.  Pronunciation may continue to be strongly influenced by first language and fluency is lacking. The student can generally be understood by sympathetic listeners.
C. Reading
The student will be able to read making only minimal suppositions in areas of personal interest or knowledge.  The student will be able to read straightforward descriptions of persons, places and things written for a wide audience.
D. Writing
The student will write about topics grounded in personal experience, such as  preferences, everyday events and daily routine.  The student can express present time and at least one other time frame or aspect consistently.
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
  1. Cultural and historical topics
  2. Social issues
  3. Political events
  4. Further development in these area:
  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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