CCOG for SPA 201 Summer 2024

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. Recommended: Completion of first year Spanish at college level or instructor permission. Audit available. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

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 completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
  2. Manipulate communication using significant repetition, rephrasing, and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write paragraph-length connected discourse to narrate and describe in present, past and future time frames with limited accuracy.
  4. Describe cultural similarities and differences among native Spanish speakers in relation to one’s own cultural perspectives.
  5. Employ intermediate-level skills to explain historical and cultural movements in the target culture in relation to key works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts.
  6. Demonstrate intermediate-level strategies to interact with limited authentic materials in the target language.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

Spanish 201 explores the languages, products, practices and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures and encourages students to reflect upon and analyze their own culture and their role in a global community. Appreciation of culture and history from a global and personal perspective are integral to this course. Major historical events, trends, figures, and gender roles of the target cultures are embedded in the cultural vehicles (readings, music, films, etc) through which we teach. Critical thinking and reasoning are also an essential part of language learning. Such analytical skills are important to students perceiving patterns and making connections. Negotiating texts, both written and oral, in Spanish requires students to conceptually organize experience and discern its meaning as students must continuously draw upon their prior knowledge and make contextual inferences when encountering new vocabulary and structures. Exploration of the aesthetic and artistic value of various works of literature, music, art, films, etc. from Spanish-speaking cultures is an integral part of the course, especially as it relates to the development of cultural competency. Because of the nature of a Spanish class, students become more responsible global citizens. Students of Spanish are able to participate in Spanish-speaking communities at home and around the world in a variety of contexts and in culturally appropriate ways. Students analyze authentic, culturally relevant works (language, literature, music, visual and performing arts, etc.), engage in animated discussions and exchange opinions through critical, oral, and written responses. Students expand their knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures through language learning and exposure to authentic materials; they continually discover and analyze perspectives, practices, and products that are similar and different from their own culture and they develop the ability to hypothesize about cultural systems in general.

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. 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