Revised 1/29/99
 


NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
SPA 211-212 - INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION IN SPANISH I-II (3 CR.) (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Continues to develop fluency through emphasis on idioms and other complex sentence structures.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course provides further practice for face-to-face conversations in informal and formal settings, and for transactional situations handling most survival situations in which a complication has arisen while traveling, residing for a short time, or "living off of the economy" in a Hispanic culture.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

The prerequisite for this course is SPA 202 - "Intermediate Spanish Conversation II" or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. maintain a conversation coping with more complicated situations or unforeseen circumstances
    2. narrate and describe in present, past, and future time frames
    3. carry on a conversation on a wide range of concrete topics
    4. sustain ideas using paragraph discourse; his/her speech includes some sensitivity to register, to the appropriateness of certain expressions in a given context, and an ability to use cohesive devices to unify discourse.
    5. be understood by native speakers not used to dealing with foreigners
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
 
  •   Handle transactions with a complication, e.g. hotel, restaurant, post office, bank, drugstore
  •   Autobiographical information
  •   Leisure time activities
  •   Daily routines at home, school, workplace
  •   Descriptions about people places and things
  •   Narrations about past, present, and future activities
  •   Reports on events
  •   Current events on factual and abstract information
  •   Social, cultural or political issues


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