Course Content and Outcome Guide for SPA 217

Course Number:
SPA 217
Course Title:
Reading & Writing for Experienced Speakers of Spanish
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Course Description

Part of a three-course sequence to be taken in any order. Improve experienced speaker of Spanish skills in spelling, grammar, reading, composition and translation. Recommended: Experienced speaker of Spanish who can read and write. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Spanish 217 is an advanced course in Spanish, to be taken after the completion of at least two years of college Spanish. It is also recommended for students who have not formally studied the Spanish language, but can speak, read and write in Spanish, albeit with some difficulties. This is a three-credit, transferable course, and it counts as an elective for associate degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student:
  1. Reads comprehensibly a variety of Spanish texts.
  2. Writes in an organized manner.
  3. Speaks Spanish, avoiding literal translations and false cognates.
  4. Understands the rules of spelling and accents.
  5. Recognizes and appreciates linguistic and cultural diversity within the Hispanic world.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:
  1. Active participation in class
  2. Written compositions related to the course readings and discussions
  3. Individual and group presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Includes all or most of the following:
  1. Different groups of Hispanics in the United States
  2. Poetry, short stories, essays, and novel excerpts
  3. Correct use of a dictionary
  4. Use of accents and spelling
  5. Punctuation
  6. False cognates

Competencies and Skills

The student:
  1. Reads and interprets various kinds of texts (literary and other).
  2. Practices critical thinking.
  3. Discusses his/her ideas with classmates and instructor.
  4. Writes in an organized manner.
  5. Works at improving the use of accents and other typical spelling mistakes (use of €œh€, €œs€ vs. €œc€, etc.).
  6. Translates paragraph-length texts.
  7. Uses authentic and correct Spanish instead of pidgins, vernaculars, or otherwise. non-standard dialects when speaking and writing.