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Course Syllabus

Course: SPAN 2010

Division: Humanities
Department: Foreign Languages
Title: Intermediate Spanish I

Semester Approved: Spring 2018
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2023
End Semester: Spring 2024

Catalog Description: This course reviews and expands upon the communicative aspects of the Spanish language acquired by students in SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020, by employing three main areas of focus: linguistics, literature and film, and culture. The linguistic focus of the course is on vocabulary development, accuracy of expression, and improved communication. Students review structures and vocabulary learned in elementary courses and use them in longer, more detailed speech and compositions. The literary focus of the course is on the development of reading skills for authentic texts, from both print and other media. The cultural focus of the course is on increasing the knowledge and understanding of the geography, history, and traditions of the Hispanic world. This course is interactive with a focus on learner participation in reading, speaking, listening, and writing in Spanish.

General Education Requirements: Foreign Language (FL)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 4; Lecture: 5; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: SPAN 1020 or equivalent experience.

Corequisites: None.


Justification: This course satisfies the foreign language requirement for the A.A. degree. It is a prerequisite for advanced study of the language. Students prepare for advanced Spanish language, literature and civilization courses through increased emphasis on accuracy of linguistic expression as they explore various themes in Spanish-speaking cultures via reading and writing activities and oral presentations. Students also continue their in-depth study of the language, cultures, and values of Spanish-speaking peoples. Learning Spanish, particularly in combination with studies in other fields, such as art, music, philosophy, business, medicine, political science, social science, and technology can provide a valuable and employable life resource. This course is most similar to SPAN 2010 at Salt Lake Community College, SPAN 2010 at Utah State University, and SPAN 2010 at Utah Valley University.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Students complete readings, discussions, and other assignments that require them to reflect on multiple cultures and analyze underlying similarities between cultures. They are required to explore the basis for cultural traditions, customs, music, and art, and describe similarities and differences across cultures. Students demonstrate fundamental knowledge of Spanish culture through in-class presentations involving food preparation and description, game research and demonstration, and many other cultural practices, which they must describe to others.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Students are exposed to Spanish language and culture through video, text, and audio sources on the Internet and through music. They demonstrate their ability to read and interpret Spanish text through structured online tasks, as well as written media, and subsequently evaluate its meaning and cultural significance.

5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. Students are assigned readings, discussion topics, audio, video, and other assignments that require reflection on multiple cultures and analysis of underlying similarities between cultures. They are required to explore, participate in, and expound on cultural traditions, customs, music, and art. They are able to appreciate and discuss similarities and differences across cultures. Students will be assessed through in-class activities and formal presentations with feedback from the instructor and peers.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Students develop critical thinking skills as they learn Spanish, where they must draw clues based on their own experience from the aural and visual input they receive. Students complete verbal and written assignments that demonstrate the ability to reason analytically and creatively evaluate the culture, facts, and values of Spanish-speaking people.

8; A student who completes the GE curriculum can speak, read, and write a foreign language with basic proficiency. Students produce and interpret oral and written language in various formats (e.g., informal conversation, announcements, descriptions, songs). The instructor evaluates their performance in class and during oral assessments, and provides feedback on accuracy of expression and appropriate use of language and gestures.

General Education Knowledge Area Outcomes:
1: Students produce and interpret oral and written language in various formats (e.g., informal conversation, announcements, descriptions, songs). The instructor evaluates their performance in class and during oral assessments, and provides feedback on accuracy of expression and appropriate use of language and gestures. Students produce and interpret oral and written language in various formats (e.g., informal conversation, announcements, descriptions, songs). The instructor evaluates their performance in class and during oral assessments, and provides feedback on accuracy of expression and appropriate use of language and gestures.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Interpretive Listening: Students will understand everyday words, phrases, and questions about themselves, their personal experiences, and their surroundings. They will demonstrate this through responding to in-class practice exercises and interaction, as well as online workbook and homework assignments. Students will acquire the listening skills to comprehend spoken language at the intermediate-mid/high level of the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Interpretive Reading: Students will understand and perform a basic analysis of authentic Spanish texts written in Spanish. Their analyses will include identification of main ideas, characters, themes, symbolism and literary tools. They will demonstrate this through responding to online workbook and homework exercises, as well as in-class practice exercises that allow them to interact with the instructor and each other. Their reading skills will approximate the intermediate-mid level of the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Interpersonal Spoken: Students will begin to speak in multi-sentence length and discourse. They will demonstrate this through conversing in different time frames (past, present, and future) and registers (formal, informal, and colloquial) on a variety of themes including personal opinions and social issues, through in-class activities and oral presentations. Their speaking skills will approximate the intermediate-mid/high level of the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Presentational Spoken: Students will provide information about a variety of Spanish cultural topics.  They will demonstrate this through individual and group class presentations. Their speaking skills will approximate the intermediate-mid/high level of the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Presentational Written: Students will begin to write in paragraph and essay-length discourse. They will analyze the behavior of Spanish-speaking groups based on their study and understanding of history, economic conditions, values, geography and artistic expressions. They will demonstrate this through essay writing on a variety of topics, and the creation of a semester portfolio. Their writing skills will approximate the intermediate-mid level of the proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Interpersonal Satisfaction: Students will express satisfaction with their achieved level of communication skill. They will demonstrate this through semester evaluations, reading journals, and the semester portfolio.

Cultural Understanding: Students will demonstrate a knowledge of cultural traditions, customs, and values in Spanish-speaking countries. They will increase their appreciation and understanding of their own culture and language, as well as those of the Spanish-speaking world. They will demonstrate this through in-class presentations.


Content:
The topics covered in Spanish 2010 include but are not limited to: A review of linguistic material presented in SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020; Historical, geographic, cultural, and social themes in the Hispanic world; Introduction to advanced grammar principles including the subjunctive, compound tenses, and past tenses; Expressing comparisons; Position and meaning of adjectives; The use of prepositions and conjunctions; Agreeing/disagreeing with, and reacting to opinions and actions; Making suggestions and giving advice; Information questions, inversion, registers of language; Telling a story, linking events, situating events in the past; Organizing paragraphs into an essay; Talking about the past using imperfect and preterite tenses; Talking about daily activities related to professional, recreational, and domestic themes; Expressing emotions; Interviewing someone or being interviewed; Past, present, and future tenses; The indicative and subjunctive moods; Literary texts and excerpts by various Latin American and Spanish authors; Current events and people important to Spanish-speaking cultures; Exposure to authentic Spanish-language music; Composition practice; and oral presentations.

Key Performance Indicators:
The following assessments will be used:

Workbook & Homework Assignments 10 to 15%

Reading Journals 10 to 15%

Essays 20 to 30%

Written Exams 20 to 30%

In-class Oral Presentations 10 to 20%

Semester Portfolio 10 to 20%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Espacios (first edition) by Alonso GarcĂ­a, Sandstedt, and Kite. Published by Heinle Cengage Learning.


Pedagogy Statement:
This content is delivered through interactive lecture, multimedia presentation, partner and group work, and instructor modeling of concepts.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Maximum Class Size: 24
Optimum Class Size: 18