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SPA 253 - Intermediate Spanish for Heritage and Bilingual Learners

4 Credits, 4 Contact Hours
4 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Intensive writing and speaking in Spanish for heritage and bilingual learners. Includes intermediate oral communication, complex reading communication, intermediate written communication, and themes in popular and traditional cultures.

Prerequisite(s): SPA 203  or required score on Spanish assessment test.
Information: Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish is required.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - OTHER and G; Meets CTE A&H and G.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate Spanish speaking skills by using advanced level structures, vocabulary and pronunciation
  2. Identify details when listening to authentic speech and/or answer questions and/or follow instructions in Spanish
  3. Recognize main ideas and identify facts of an advanced-level written text in Spanish based on familiar, unfamiliar or authentic material
  4. Write and/or respond in writing to questions using advanced level grammatical structures
  5. Demonstrate cultural awareness through speaking and/or writing regarding current events and/or salient and literary traditions in Spanish speaking regions

  1. Speaking
    1. Ask and answer questions using advanced grammatical structures
    2. Engage in conversations in a variety of topics
    3. Produce accurate pronunciation of Spanish words
    4. Produce accurate Alphabet and phoneme sounds
    5. Demonstrate appropriate use of registers by producing culturally appropriate formal and informal speech (ex. Identifying professional, social and personal contexts)
  2. Listening
    1. Identify the main idea and specific details in oral speech and authentic selections
    2. Demonstrate comprehension of questions based on known or unknown topics
  3. Reading
    1. Apply reading strategies to identify the main idea, recognize cognates and false cognates, and previous knowledge to make intelligent guesses
    2. Indicate both the main idea and specific details when reading a text based largely on familiar, unfamiliar and/or authentic material
  4. Writing Skills
    1. Apply accurate spelling including homonyms and homophones, and understanding of common spelling mistakes (ex. Spelling with the letters “k” vs. “q” vs. “c”, “c” vs. “s”, “b” vs. “v”, “g” vs. “j” etc.), and application of written accent marks
    2. Apply accurate grammar and punctuation (including indicative, subjunctive and imperative moods)
    3. Understand common word-choice mistakes (calques, loan words and false cognates)
    4. Formulate and/or answer questions based on known or unknown topics and literary texts.
    5. Write organized compositions on a variety of styles (including description, narration, exposition and argumentation)
  5. Cultural Awareness
    1. Recognize specific cultural practices
    2. Compare and contrast Geographical, historical, and cultural knowledge about the Spanish speaking world
    3. Discuss current events in Spanish speaking regions
    4. Discuss salient literary traditions in Spanish speaking countries
    5. Discuss lexical variations in Spanish speaking countries.

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2017/18