Spanish, Beginning I, II, III (B)
Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters
Students in Beginning Spanish I gain foundational skills and begin efforts to communicate in the language. This immersion-mode Spanish course is designed for students with little or no experience in the language. Initially, students listen closely, acquire useful vocabulary and learn basics of pronunciation. Students practice speaking and share readings in small collaborative groups. All along we strive to create an active, stress-free learning environment. In-context topics include people, school, pastimes, time, home, food, and travel. Elements of grammar are integrated into written practice exercises. The textbook, audiovisuals, music and games complement the learning. This Beginning Spanish sequence continues on with courses in winter and spring quarters.
In Beginning Spanish II, students build upon what they learned previously to develop Spanish language skills in listening comprehension, conversation, reading and writing. One prior quarter of college-level Spanish or one year of high school Spanish is required. The course takes place entirely in Spanish in an interactive learning environment. Conversation sessions in small groups involve practical topics. Class discussions and audiovisual presentations cover diverse issues related to Latin American societies and Hispanic cultures. Students expand their range of vocabulary, with emphasis on verbs in past tenses, pronouns and other key elements of grammar. Written assignments are extensive, with opportunities for self-directed creative writing and reading. This course sequence continues into spring quarter.
Beginning Spanish III prepares students for future language studies at intermediate level, as well to communicate in Spanish during travel and studies abroad, and in the workplace. Two prior quarters of college-level Spanish or two years of high school Spanish are required. Emphasis is placed on reinforcing writing and grammar skills, and on developing conversational fluency. In-depth readings and basic level research help to expand knowledge of vocabulary and syntax. The course involves readings and interactive discussions of Latin American and Hispanic cultures, societies and environment. Students will have opportunities to carry out individual research and writing projects on topics of their choice.
Fields of Study
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Evening
Advertised schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. First Winter meeting will be Monday January 5, 6:00pm, in Sem 2 C2107.