Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SPA 201
Course Title:
Second Year Spanish - First Term
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Course Description

Continues the work of first year Spanish, reviewing, expanding, and perfecting pronunciation, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommended: Completion of first year Spanish at college level or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts towards Arts and Letters distribution requirements for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the General Education requirement for other Associate Degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
2. Communicate using significant repetition, rephrasing, and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native  speakers.
3. Write using paragraph-length connected discourse to narrate and describe in present, past and future time frames with limited accuracy.
4. Recognize and interpret cultural behaviors and attitudes within the Spanish-speaking world in relation to one€™s own cultural perspective.
5. Further analyze historical and cultural movements in the target culture in relation to key works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts.
6. Further develop and apply strategies for analyzing and responding to limited authentic materials in the target language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:

1. Participation in class

2. Individual presentations

3. Written tasks (in or outside of class, on paper or on-line) to assess reading, writing, listening, oral and cultural competencies

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content: Themes, Concepts and Issues
Include all or most of the following.

Grammatical Structures:

Present tense

Ser and Estar

Gustar and similar verbs

Nouns and articles




Preterite vs. Imperfect

Progressive forms

Subjunctive in noun clauses


Object Pronouns


Description of personality, relationships, feelings and emotions

Giving and following directions

Description of people, places and activities in the city

Discussion of mass media

Spanish speaking countries:  history, geography and social issues

Literary readings