Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SPA 103
Course Title:
First Year Spanish - Third Term
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Course Description

Continues the work of SPA 102. Emphasizes active communication in Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, and culture. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended: Completion of SPA 102 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Manage common interactions, in both oral and written forms, in a selected variety of settings using the present, past and future tenses.
2. Further develop circumlocution and inference skills when navigating a variety of real world situations in Spanish.
3. Reflect on linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one€™s own culture.
4. Apply a broader understanding of important historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art and
performing arts in the target language.
5. Expand and strengthen strategies for analyzing authentic materials in the target language.

Course Activities and Design

After the introduction to the course, Spanish will be used in the classroom at all times.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:
1. Active participation in class
2. Individual and group presentations
3. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading,
   writing, cultural, and aural competencies
4. Oral interviews with partner or instructor
5. In class, interactive student role-plays

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:
1.  Compound tenses
1.  Parts of the body, health, personal care and habits
2.  Relative pronouns
3.  Reciprocal actions
4.  Placing events in the past
5.  Adverbs
6.  Accidents
7.  Commands
8.  Influencing others
9.  The environment
10.  Direct and indirect object pronouns
11.  Expressing obligation and duty
12.  Expressing plans for the future
13.  Holidays and celebrations of the Spanish speaking world
14.  Reciprocal actions
15.  Preterit versus imperfect
Competencies and Skills
1. Manages basic personal interactions 
2. Discusses future plans and preferences
3. Describes daily activities in present and past
4. Recognizes and appreciates cultural and linguistic differences in the
   Spanish speaking world
5. Begins to write paragraphs
6. Reads and understands the main ideas in a variety of texts
7. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly contextual setting
8. Makes herself/himself understood by a native speaker accustomed to
   non-native speakers