Course Content and Outcome Guide for SPA 217 Effective Fall 2015
- Course Number:
- SPA 217
- Course Title:
- Spanish for Heritage Speakers - 1st Term
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionBuilds upon existing Spanish linguistic and cultural knowledge and experiences of Spanish heritage speakers. Develops accuracy and appropriate register for professional situations. Improves oral communication and writing skills, with strong emphasis in vocabulary enrichment and spelling. Addresses linguistic and cultural variations within the Spanish-speaking world. Improves reading comprehension, reviews grammar terms, and practices translation. Recommended: For students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household or community, who can speak in Spanish, and want to develop their writing, reading and conversational skills. Students with other extensive prior experience are encouraged to contact the instructor before enrolling in the course. 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 Associates Degrees.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Speak Spanish with increased accuracy and appropriate register.
2. Write Spanish in an organized, appropriate and clear manner, applying established rules of spelling and accentuation.
3. Read and comprehend a variety of authentic texts in Spanish.
4. Begin to recognize and appreciate issues of bilingualism and identity among heritage Spanish speakers in the US.
5. Recognize and begin to appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world.
6. Start to consider the professional advantages of bilingualism and biculturalism.
Course Activities and Design
Research of specific themes individually and/or in groups
Presentations given individually and/or in groups
Short writings and essay writing
Optional: Community-Based Learning
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:
1.Active participation in small groups and class discussions
2.Individual and/or group presentations
3.Short writings and essay writing
4. Quizzes and homework
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Identity of heritage speakers of Spanish in the US
Historical events and current issues related to Hispanic groups in the US
Spain: critical historical events, Castilian vs. Spanish, Spains role in the Spanish-speaking world
Linguistic and cultural variations within the Spanish-speaking world
Key figures in the Spanish-speaking world
Literary authors and writings
Grammar structures and terminology
Formal and informal register
Use of accents and other spelling rules and issues
Similarities and contrasts between Spanish and English
False cognates, literal translation vs. accurate translation