CCOG for SPA 217 Winter 2024
- Course Number:
- SPA 217
- Course Title:
- Spanish for Heritage Speakers - 1st Term
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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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 completion of the course students should be able to:
- Demonstrate ability to speak Spanish with increased accuracy and appropriate register.
- Write in Spanish applying established rules of spelling, and punctuation, with appropriate register.
- Apply metalinguistic knowledge into language skills.
- Read and comprehend a variety of authentic texts in Spanish.
- Use critical thinking skills to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of bilingualism and identity among heritage Spanish speakers in the US.
- Identify the linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world.
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
Heritage speakers of Spanish are people who grew up using Spanish at home, but for the most part, their formal education has been in English. SPA 217 explores and analyzes products, practices and perspectives of cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and encourages students to reflect upon the cultures of their own local communities. This course also examines a variety of social constructs and historical events relevant to the Spanish-speaking world, which help students gain appreciation of history both from a global perspective, and from a personal perspective. While studying Spanglish, the different variations of Spanish, grammar, punctuation and spelling, students improve their critical thinking skills. Students analyze, find connections, compare and contrast. Students in SPA 217 practice oral and written communication using the appropriate linguistic register, which prepares them to engage more effectively in a range of settings (informal, academic, professional, etc.). Because of the above mentioned, students who take SPA 217 are better equipped to participate effectively and responsibly in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
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:
- Active participation in small groups and class discussions
- Individual and/or group presentations
- Short writings and essay writing
- 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
Spanglish: linguistic analysis and its validity
Linguistic and cultural variations within the Spanish-speaking world
The evolution of the Spanish language (origin, words of indigenous origin, etc.)
Key historical figures in the Spanish-speaking world
Literary authors and writings
Political geography of the Spanish-speaking world
Grammar: infinitives, conjugation, modes, tenses, etc.
Register: formal and informal
Accents rules and other spelling rules
Similarities and contrasts between Spanish and English