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SPAN 2021 - Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course will begin with a comprehensive review of concepts covered in first-year college Spanish. It entails further development of oral proficiency, reading comprehension and composition, cultural knowledge and critical thinking. Students will study a variety of texts related to the arts, literature, and cultural and social issues. Two hours per week in the Language Laboratory (or one in the Language Lab and one in Service Learning) are required.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): SPAN 1012  or equivalent.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Contact instructor or Spanish department if unsure of level.

Major Content
  1. Social/ Cultural Themes:
    1. Present selected works of literature, art, music, etc., in cultural and historical context.
    2. Present selected current and historical issues and events in comparative and historical perspective.
    3. Present cross-cultural differences and similarities, worldviews, beliefs, attitudes, values, etc.
    4. Assign analysis of the above in class discussions and written form.
  2. Social/ Cultural Themes:
    1. Present selected works of literature, art, music, etc., in cultural and historical context.
    2. Present selected current and historical issues and events in comparative and historical perspective.
    3. Present cross-cultural differences and similarities, worldviews, beliefs, attitudes, values, etc.
    4. Assign analysis of the above in class discussions and written form.
  3. Vocabulary:
    1. Vocabulary review from Beginning I and II.
    2. Vocabulary related to cultural themes.
    3. Vocabulary for written exposition, such as expressions for causation, transitions, etc.
    4. Vocabulary for critical thinking and discussion in the language, such as asking for clarification, circumlocution, developing an argument, etc.
    5. Analysis of different forms of the same root word, cognates, etc.
    6. Strategies for effective communication, including vocabulary choice when using a dictionary.
  4. Writing:
    1. Writing for various purposes.
    2. Critical thinking and self-editing skills.
  5. Reading:
    1. Variety of literary genres and authentic materials.
    2. Strategies for determining meanings, such as contextual and grammatical clues, cognates, previous content knowledge, prediction, logic, and knowledge of the genre.
    3. Literary and sociohistorical analysis.
  6. Oral Communication:
    1. Speaking for various purposes about a variety of themes.
    2. Strategies for changing topics, expressing opinions, agreeing, disagreeing, telling stories, etc.
    3. Strategies for circumlocution and “gisting”.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate correct use of Spanish tenses and other grammatical points in written and oral form.
  2. incorporate new Spanish vocabulary in written and oral form.
  3. analyze selections comprising various genres of literature and other authentic materials from the Spanish speaking world.
  4. demonstrate knowledge of selected cultural topics.
  5. apply critical thinking skills to complex issues.


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