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Spanish Course Descriptions

 

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SPN-1341 Elementary Spanish I

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and structural analysis. Includes an introduction to Spanish and Latin American culture. Students should be able to communicate basic needs in the Spanish language.

SPN-1342 Elementary Spanish II

Prerequisite: SPN 1341 or the equivalent A continuation of SPN 1341, this course focuses on the development of language skills, structural analysis, and Spanish and Latin American culture. Students should be able to communicate and interact properly with native speakers of Spanish in a natural situation.

SPN-2313 Intermediate Spanish I

Prerequisite: SPN 1342 or the equivalent. Grammar review and readings.

SPN-2314 Intermediate Spanish II

Prerequisite: SPN 2313 or the equivalent. Grammar review and readings.

SPN-2321 Int Sp for Sp/Sp Sec/Biling

Prerequisites: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent The purpose of this course is to improve intermediate Spanish students' grammatical and communicative competence in the target language and to strengthen their productive skills across interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational domains of communication. This course is meant to prepare students for upper-level Spanish courses not only by raising the learners' level of language proficiency, but also by expanding their knowledge of Hispanic cultures and by sharpening their critical-thinking skills. Students will learn to implement useful strategies for speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Emphasis will be placed on writing activities that will develop learner competency in the sensory/descriptive, imaginative/narrative, practical/informative, and analytical/expository domains of the craft. Students will also use targeted grammatical structures in communicative activities that simulate specific real-life situations.

SPN-3311 Survey of Span-Amer Lit

Prerequisites: SPN 1341, SPN 1342, SPN 2313, SPN 2314, or the equivalent. Representative Spanish-American literature from the pre-Colombian period to the present.

SPN-3326 Commercial Spanish

Prerequisite: SPN 2314 or the equivalent. Acquisition of business Spanish used in commercial transactions. Emphasis is on business letters, practices, vocabulary, and conversation.

SPN-3328 Advanced Spanish Grammar

Course offered through The Texas Learning Consortium as Transfer Credit. Prerequisites: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314 or test equivalent and passing score on the Webcape Assessment Exam or SPN 2321. The most important goal of the class is to make your Spanish more native-like. Many students at this level are still speaking a Spanish that is heavily influenced by English or by a more dialectical approach to the language. Many students make the same mistakes over and over without understanding their errors or how to avoid them. By focusing on the nuts and bolts of Spanish, we can identify those problem areas and learn more appropriate patterns. In addition, this course aims to deepen ones love for the Spanish language and peak ones interest in the nature of language itself.

SPN-3340 Advanced Spanish Writing

Prerequisites: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314 or test equivalent and passing score on the Webcape Assessment Exam or SPN 2321. The most important goal of the class is to develop the student's Spanish writing skills. It is important to understand that writing is a process rather than a product that is very much a communicative undertaking, but it is also a solitary one. One must remember that writing is also influenced by grammar. Keeping all of this in perspective, students will learn different writing techniques to better reach their intended purpose for writing and enhance their communicative skills. In addition, this course aims to deepen ones love for the Spanish language and peak ones interest in the nature of language itself.

SPN-4330 Spanish Certificate Review

Prerequisite: senior standing. The course is designed to review the content area information required for the Spanish TExES exam and the Spanish version of TOPT. This course is divided in two major portions: 1) a review of all content area major courses, and 2) language proficiency reviews for TOPT. To pass this course, students are required to pass Spanish TExES and TOPT practice exams. This is a pass/fail course.

SPN-4369 Hispanic Amer Lit

Prerequisites: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent. This course explores the literature of Spanish-speaking peoples of the United States, focusing on novels, short stories, poetry, film and essays. Special emphasis is given to Chicano literature and criticism.

SPN-4399 Special Topics: Spn Lit & Film

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