SPAN& 221 Spanish IV • 5 Cr.
Reviews first-year grammar concepts and expands on vocabulary acquisition. Students practice integrating the four major language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and further develop their cultural competency by working on authentic material from the Spanish-speaking world. Oral communication is emphasized. Format includes extensive audio and Internet usage. Prerequisite: SPAN& 123 or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehension of the target language spoken at an average speed by native and non-native speakers, which may include some idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms within any context. Comprehension increases at the 222 level, achieving more accuracy and precision at the 223 level.
- Demonstrate understanding class lectures in the target language with easy, and of authentic audio/video material (radio, TV programs, interviews, news broadcasts, documentaries, or films) introduced by pre-listening or viewing activities where new vocabulary and/or background information may be provided to aid the oral comprehension. At the 222 and 223 levels, both verbal and non-verbal messages are more easily decoded.
- Demonstrate the ability to take part in discussion communicating effectively in mostly informal, open-ended situations, with adequate control of grammar, using a variety of sentence structures and appropriate vocabulary related to topic at hand with clear pronunciation and intonation.
- Demonstrate the ability to express thoughts and ideas in writing in an organized manner, using syntax appropriate to target language, employing a variety of sentence structures, with adequate control of modes and tenses, with increased elegance of style, complexity of expression, originality of ideas, and precision in spelling and punctuation at the 222 and 223 levels.
- Demonstrate ability to understand authentic edited or unedited written material of popular or literary texts of various genres: describing, and summarizing content, discerning main idea, author’s tone, purpose, audience, message, and cultural value, formulate a simple critique. Demonstrate more effective use of reading strategies (cognates, prior knowledge, visuals, etc) in aiding comprehension.
- Demonstrate awareness of the similarities and differences among Hispanic cultures, with increased sensibility and appreciation of their customs, ideas, and values as compared to one’s own. Demonstrate increased awareness and appreciation of Hispanic contribution to culture and civilization in all fields.