Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Intermediate Spanish Program: Courses and Descriptions

See below for a detailed description for each course, including texts, course structure, requirements, and pre-requisites. See menu on right for direct links to each respective course's class blog.



SPANISH 2A - Intermediate Spanish I - Foundations  
  • SPANISH 2A IS OFFERED FALL & SPRING QUARTERS ONLY. 

SPANISH 2B - Intermediate Spanish II - Readings and Composition 
  • SPANISH 2B IS OFFERED FALL & WINTER QUARTERS ONLY.

SPANISH 2C - Intermediate Spanish III - Cultural Topics
  • SPANISH 2C IS OFFERED WINTER & SPRING QUARTERS ONLY.

SPANISH 2D - Intermediate Grammar & Composition - Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers
  • SPANISH 2D IS OFFERED FALL & WINTER QUARTERS ONLY. 

SPANISH 2E - Advanced Readings & Composition - Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers  
  • SPANISH 2E IS OFFERED WINTER & SPRING QUARTERS ONLY.

SPANISH 21 - Conversation Workshop I (Fall)
SPANISH 31 - Conversation Workshop II (Winter)
SPANISH 41 - Spanish Orthography & Conversation Workshop (Spring)
    • SPANISH 21/31/41: NO LONGER OFFERED BY LIT DEPT ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION effective 6/16.


SPANISH 50A - Peninsular Literature (offered every Fall quarter)  
SPANISH 50B - Readings in Latin American Literature (offered every Winter quarter)
SPANISH 50C - Readings in Latin American Topics (offered every Spring quarter)


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 


SPANISH 2A - Intermediate Spanish I - Foundations  - click here for link to course blog/bitácora 2A
- SPANISH 2A IS OFFERED FALL & SPRING QUARTERS ONLY.
This course is the first of a three-quarter sequence designed for students who have a background of at least one year of college level Spanish (Linguistics 1CX or 1DX) or its
equivalent. Its objective is to further develop aural and oral proficiency as well as to make students literate in Spanish, that is, to produce students who can write comprehensible Spanish, read most texts written in Spanish and evaluate texts critically. This course, taught entirely in Spanish, requires that students meet with the TA four times a week and spend a minimum of one hour each week working with audio-visual materials that include videos, tapes, and resources available on the internet.

Work outside the classroom and lab includes grammar exercises, reading assignments and the writing of compositions.To meet these goals, we will review the fundamentals of Spanish grammar, including verb tense, aspect and mood. Dozier & Iguina's Manual de gramática serves as a general reference manual. More specific grammatical points are discussed and exercises provided in CAMINANDO I and the STUDENT READER, which will serve as the principal course workbooks. Weekly quizzes allow us to measure competence in specific grammatical areas. Several short compositions help students improve their writing skills. Assigned readings, included in the STUDENT READER, provide reading practice and a basis for class discussion, vocabulary building and composition topics. Students will also give oral presentations and discuss subjects related to the readings, lab assignments, news reports or website searches.

Grades are based on compositions, a Mid-Term Exam, a Final Exam, weekly quizzes on grammar, class participation and attendance. Pop quizzes on reading and lab assignments will also be given throughout the quarter. The final grade reflects the student's overall weekly as well as quarterly performance.


SPANISH 2B - Intermediate Spanish II- Readings and Composition 
- click here for link to course blog/bitácora 2B
- SPANISH 2B IS OFFERED FALL & WINTER QUARTERS ONLY.
This course is a continuation of the second year language sequence in Spanish for students interested in further developing their reading and writing skills in Spanish. One of its objectives is to develop language and analytical skills to the point that students will be able to produce, in Spanish, a well-written four or five-page critical essay. Further review of the more difficult points of grammar and the study of vocabulary increases reading comprehension, facilitates interpretation of texts and improves expression of thoughts both orally and in writing. Students in 2B spend a minimum of one hour each week viewing and listening to the assigned material in the language laboratory or working with Spanish language resources available on the internet.Dozier & Iguina's Manual de gramática serves as a general reference manual. CAMINANDO II and the 2B STUDENT READER provide discussion of particular grammatical points and offer exercises for review and practice of these constructions.
The STUDENT READER also contains the reading selections that will be read and discussed in class. A number of short stories by XIXth and XXth century Latin American/Spanish writers are included. Students generally read one story per week and will also be required to produce three compositions, 3 to 5 pages long, based on these readings. Oral presentations, in-class exercises and work with a variety of multimedia resources are also part of the 2B program. Grades are based on the writing assignments, two exams (a Mid-Term and a Final Exam, both of which include grammar and essay questions on the readings), weekly quizzes on grammar, (given generally every Monday), pop quizzes on the readings and lab and internet assignments, class participation and attendance. Completion of all assignments and steady improvement are taken into consideration.

SPANISH 2C - Intermediate Spanish III- Cultural Topics 
- click here for link to course blog/bitácora 2C
- SPANISH 2C IS OFFERED WINTER & SPRING QUARTERS ONLY.
This course is a continuation of the second year language sequence in Spanish with special emphasis on the development of vocabulary, reading ability and writing and translation skills. Further review of the more difficult points of grammar and intensive reading assignments are geared to increase reading comprehension, facilitate interpretation of texts and improve both oral and written expression in Spanish. The course includes class discussion of a variety of current subjects as well as grammar review and written assignments. Dozier & Iguina's Manual de gramática serves as a general reference source. CAMINANDO III and the STUDENT READER provide discussion of particular grammatical points and offer exercises for review and practice of these constructions. The STUDENT READER also contains the reading selections to be discussed in class that serve as the basis for the compositions required in the course. A variety of readings on social, cultural, political and economic topics are included, ranging from newspaper articles to longer pieces of non-fictional texts. Students are generally asked to read 3 - 4 short texts per week and are required to write 3 compositions, generally 3 to 5 pages in length, as well as shorter assignments, written in class or as homework. Students of Spanish 2C will be encouraged to make use of the wide variety of Spanish-language materials available on the internet, including newspapers and magazines.

Grades are based on the compositions, two exams (a Mid-Term and a Final, both of which include grammar and essay questions), weekly quizzes on the grammar presented the previous week, in-class exercises, and oral participation and attendance. Completion of all assignments, steady progress and participation in class discussions are all important for a good grade in the course.


SPANISH 2D - Intermediate/Advanced Grammar and Composition - Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers 
- click here for link to course blog/bitácora 2D
- SPANISH 2D IS OFFERED FALL & WINTER QUARTERS ONLY.
Spanish 2D is specifically designed for bilingual students seeking to become biliterate. This course prepares Spanish speakers with native oral proficiency but little or no formal training in the language for more advanced courses in Spanish. Reading and writing skills are stressed with special emphasis on improvement of written expression in standard Spanish, vocabulary development and problems of grammar and orthography.The Spanish 2D course is taught entirely in Spanish. It involves extensive practice in writing; besides time spent in class discussion and on written assignments, students should be prepared to devote a good deal of time to the careful reading of texts for the development of new vocabulary in a variety of areas and the acquisition of standard forms.
CAMINANDO III serves as the basic grammar reference text with additional exercises and readings provided in the STUDENT READER. The format for the course includes presentation and review of grammatical points, collective correction of texts, translation exercises, oral presentations and discussion of the various fiction and non-fiction readings assigned. Students in Spanish 2D will take weekly quizzes, a Mid-Term and Final Examination and write 2 compositions. In connection with specific assignments students of Spanish 2D will be encouraged to make extensive use of available internet resources. Completion of all assignments, steady progress and participation in class discussions are all important for a good grade in the course.


SPANISH 2E - Advanced Readings and Composition - Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers  
- click here for link to course blog/bitácora 2E
- SPANISH 2E IS OFFERED WINTER & SPRING QUARTERS ONLY.
Spanish 2E is the second course in a sequence specifically designed for students seeking to become fully bilingual and biliterate. This course prepares Spanish speakers with a higher level of oral proficiency but little or no formal training in the language for more advanced courses in Spanish. Reading and writing skills are stressed with special emphasis on improvement of written expression in standard Spanish, vocabulary development and problems of grammar and orthography.The Spanish 2E course is taught entirely in Spanish. It involves extensive practice in writing and will require a substantial amount of reading; besides time spent in class discussion and on written assignments, students should be prepared to devote a good deal of time to the careful reading of texts for the development of new vocabulary in a variety of areas and the acquisition of standard forms.

CAMINANDO III serves as the basic grammar reference text with additional exercises and readings provided in the STUDENT READER. The format for the course includes presentation and review of grammatical points, collective correction of texts, translation exercises, oral presentations and discussion of the various fiction and non-fiction readings assigned. Students in Spanish 2E will take weekly quizzes, a Mid-Term and Final Examination and write 2 compositions. In connection with specific assignments students of Spanish 2E will be encouraged to make use of available internet resources. Completion of all assignments, steady progress and participation in class discussions are all important for a good grade in the course.


SPANISH 21 - Conversation Workshop I  NO LONGER OFFERED BY LIT DEPT ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION effective 6/16.
Designed to allow students with a basic grounding in Spanish to discuss a variety of topics related to literary and cultural issues. The focus of this one-unit course will be on vocabulary development, use of idiomatic expressions and advancing oral proficiency in Spanish. Pre-requisites: LI/SP 1C/CX or consent of the instructor. Can be repeated 3 times as topics vary. May be taken as an adjunct to lower division LT/SP courses. Recommended for students planning to study abroad.
SPANISH 31 - Conversation Workshop II  NO LONGER OFFERED BY LIT DEPT ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION effective 6/16.
The discussion format of this one-unit course enhances intermediate/advanced students' command of spoken Spanish. Debates on literary and cultural issues give students a greater command of oral skills allowing them to formulate and express thoughts in Spanish effectively. Pre-requisites: LT/SP 2A or consent of the instructor. May be taken as an adjunct to lower and upper division LT/SP courses. Recommended for students planning to study abroad.

SPANISH 41 - Spanish Orthography and Conversation Workshop
  NO LONGER OFFERED BY LIT DEPT ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION effective 6/16.
The one-unit workshop format of this course will allow students to attain a stronger command of skills in matters of pronunciation, spelling, punctuation and accent rules. Focus will be on vocabulary development, use of idiomatic expressions and advancing oral and written proficiency in Spanish. Pre-requisites: LT/SP 2A or consent of the instructor. Can be repeated 3 times as topics vary. May be taken as an adjunct to lower and upper division LT/SP courses. 



SPANISH 50A-B-C - Readings in Peninsular Literature; Readings in Latin American Literature; Readings in Latin American Topics 
- click here for link to course blog/bitácora 50ABC

The Spanish Literature 50A-B-C series is a continuation of the lower division Spanish sequence and is intended to build upon the work done in Spanish 2A-B-C-D. In addition to the further development of oral and aural skills in Spanish, one of the primary objectives of the 50A-B-C series is to work on the reading and writing skills necessary for students to comprehend and produce written Spanish at an advanced level.

The classes, taught entirely in Spanish, are designed for students whose backgrounds are strong enough to allow intensive reading in Spanish. The Spanish Literature 50 courses require a substantial amount of reading; students should be prepared to devote a good deal of time to the reading of texts and to vocabulary development, in addition to time spent in class discussion and on written assignments.

The reading selections, class discussion and writing assignments for Spanish Literature 50 A-B-C are designed to be preparatory for work in upper-division courses. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of both Peninsular and Latin American literature and culture and on acquainting students with the various literary genres. Because Spanish Literature 50 students are expected to take on the analysis of literary texts in a more conscious and deliberate manner, they are introduced to literary terms and conceptual frameworks necessary for critical analysis. Grades for the courses are based on participation in class discussions, Mid-Term and Final Exams, and two essays on topics related to the readings.

The Spanish 50A course 
(offered every fall quarterfocuses on peninsular literature and covers a wide range of genres, periods, authors and literary movements. Spanish 50B (offered every winter quarterand Spanish 50C (offered every spring quarterboth deal with Latin American literature, with the latter focusing on a particular genre, area, or historical period. The course content of the Spanish Literature 50 A-B-C series varies each quarter and is especially recommended for literature majors and minors and for those needing a broad grounding in Spanish and Latin American literature and extensive exposure to the language prior to moving on to upper-division work. Two Spanish Literature 50 courses (50A and either 50B or 50C) are required of all Spanish Literature majors. 


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