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Course Outline:

SPN-2003  Spanish Composition and Grammar

Semester hours: 3

Prerequisites: SPN-2002 or three years of high school Spanish or consent of instructor

Delivery method:  3 credit hours -Lecture -Independent Study, Fully Online

Offered: Fall, Spring

IAI Equivalent: go to: http://www.itransfer.org HI 900 3 semester credits

Catalog description:

An advanced level composition and conversation course based upon a cultural approach. Grammar is reviewed extensively. Advanced selections from Hispanic literature will be read and analyzed.

General Educational Goals Addressed:
Upon completion student will be able...

  1. To apply analytical and problem-solving skills to personal, social and professional issues and situations.

  2. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.

  3. To develop an awareness of the contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world.

  4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

  5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration with others.

  6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one's career and as a member of society.

  7. To develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, mentally, physically and spiritually.

  8. To appreciate the ongoing values of learning, self-improvement and career planning.

Expected learning outcomes and related competencies:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...

1.     Demonstrate speaking ability in the TL.

2.     Demonstrate listening skill in the TL.

3.     Demonstrate reading ability in the TL.

4.     Demonstrate writing ability in the TL.

5.     Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of the global Hispanic culture.

6.     Demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

7.     Demonstrate analytical skills in oral and written reviews of literature.

Outcome 1 - Student will demonstrate speaking ability in the TL.

Competency 1.1 Begin, sustain and close a  conversation.

Competency 1.2 Ask and answer questions.

Competency 1.3 Speak in complete sentences.

Outcome 2 - Student will demonstrate listening skill in the TL.

Competency 2.1 Understand classroom instructions.

Competency 2.2 Understand classmates when they speak in TL during class activities.

Competency 2.3 Understand the main ideas in native speaker conversations during class activities.

Outcome 3 - Student will demonstrate reading ability in the TL.

Competency 3.1 Guess the meaning of unknown words through cognate recognition, prefixes and suffixes and context clues.

Competency 3.2 Comprehend authentic materials containing basic vocabulary for thematic units studied.

Competency 3.3 Comprehend the main ideas in literary readings studied both in and outside of class.

Outcome 4 - Student will demonstrate writing ability in the TL.

Competency 4.1 Write same information as content of class discussions.

Competency 4.2 Write intermediate paragraphs and narratives that could be understood by a native speaker..

Outcome 5 - Student will demonstrate intermediate knowledge of global Hispanic culture.

Competency 5.1 Recognize, discuss and write about cultural differences in material studied in class.

Competency 5.2 Understand origins of customs and traditions in other cultures.

Competency 5.3 Understand origins of customs and traditions in student's own culture.

Outcome 6 - Student will demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

Competency 6.1 Examine and reflect on personal and civic values and responsibilities in the global community.

Competency 6.2 Understand and develop sensitivity to language, values, customs and traditions of others.

Competency 7 - Student will demonstrate analytical skills in oral and written reviews of literature.

Competency 7.1 Analyze selected works of literature.

Competency 7.2  Discuss content, style, message of author and work in class.

Competency 7.3 Write essays in TL about literary works read and discussed.

Course topics and content requirements:

General Organization of Each Study Unit

1. Authentic literary selection in Target Language [TL]

2. Composition - Pre-writing

3. Class Discussion

4. Lexical Choice - Vocabulary Development

5. Grammar Review

6. Composition


Specific Study Units

1. <La siesta del martes.> Gabriel García Marquez.

2. <La casa de los espíritus.> Isabel Allende.

3. <Nada.> Carmen Laforet

4. <La ciudad y los perros.> Mario Vargas Llosa

5. <La rama seca.> Ana MaríaMatute

6. <Con los ojos cerrados.> Reinaldo Arenas.

Instructional methods:

Conversational modeling in TL

Group work

Web quests

Class discussion


Question and answer

Instructional materials:


Spanish Composition Through Literature, 6/e
Ayllón, Smith & Morillo
©2011 | Prentice Hall | Paper; 368 pp | 
ISBN-10: 0205696759 | ISBN-13: 9780205696758



1.  Internet resources for collaborative/independent study.


Student requirements and methods of evaluation:

1. Participation in class activities

2. E-chat in BlackBoard Discussion Forum

3. Assignments from text and resources

4. Group work

5. Written assessments

6. IVCC Grading Scale: <60%=F, 60-69%=D, 70-79%=C, 80-89%=B, 90-100%=A

Other references:

National Learning Standards for World Languages


last revised 12/28/2014-amp


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