May 19, 2022  
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FLS 151 - Elementary Spanish I

Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 5
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core


This course aims to develop functional proficiency in Spanish through listening, speaking, reading and writing to and with others based on themes of everyday life using authentic resources to interpret information and expand their knowledge of cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world. 
Competencies
  1. Interpret information that is heard, read or viewed from a variety of sources, including culturally authentic messages and informational texts at novice-mid level.
    1. Comprehend isolated learned words and high-frequency phrases on very familiar topics.
    2. Classify places, people and things based on given information.
    3. Determine the main idea and viewpoint of selected texts.
    4. Follow simple instructions, directions or requests.
    5. Answer questions about information presented aurally, visually or in writing.
    6. Draw conclusions and make inferences about authentic messages and informational texts.
  2. Derive meaning from texts using listening, reading, and viewing strategies at novice-mid level.
    1. Understand new words and phrases with the help of visuals and graphics.
    2. Use knowledge of cognates between English and Spanish to aid comprehension.
    3. Employ background knowledge of the situation, the purpose of communication or context clues to aid comprehension.
    4. Recognize identified idiomatic expressions that cannot be directly translated into their own language(s).
  3. Interact with others using culturally appropriate language orally and in writing on familiar and some unfamiliar topics at novice-mid level.
    1. Engage in culturally appropriate formulaic greetings, introductions and leave-taking.
    2. Describe basic information about people, places, things and events.  
    3. Ask questions and provide answers on limited familiar topics (i.e. daily schedules, likes/dislikes, family).  
    4. Give and follow simple instructions or requests to engage in a variety on familiar social, educational and cultural tasks and activities. 
    5. Provide information using knowledge of the target language and culture. 
  4. Negotiate meaning with requests, clarification and conversation strategies at novice-mid level.
    1. Use limited memorized expressions to seek clarification.   
    2. Use strategies such as circumlocution or observing nonverbal cues (gestures, visuals) to help clarify meaning.  
  5. Present information, concepts and viewpoints on familiar and some unfamiliar topics at novice-mid level.
    1. Present information about self, interests and activities using a mixture of practiced or memorized words, phrases and simple sentences.
    2. Use appropriate rehearsed behaviors in familiar everyday situations when using the target language.
    3. Express likes and dislikes on very familiar and everyday topics of interest, using a mixture of practiced or memorized words, phrases and simple sentences. 
  6. Investigate the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied, using the target language at novice-mid level.
    1. Identify some typical products related to everyday familiar life in the target cultures and the student’s own culture when using the target language at the appropriate level.
    2. Recognize cross-cultural similarities and differences in the target culture products to understand their perspectives.
  7. Explore the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied while using the target language at novice-mid level.
    1. Identify some typical practices related to everyday familiar life in the target cultures and the student’s own culture when using the target language at the appropriate level.
    2. Recognize cross-cultural similarities and differences in the target culture practices or products to understand their perspectives.
  8. Explore connections between Spanish and other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively at novice-mid level.
    1. Identify places in which Spanish is spoken.
    2. Identify selected information and skills from other content areas in experiences related to Spanish and the target cultures.
    3. Identify global competency skills, relating them to possible career pathways and demonstrating how having global competency skills enables people to build collaborative relationships with others.
    4. Explore ways in which Spanish proficiency can aid in achieving personal and professional goals. 
  9. Reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of the target language and the student’s own language at novice-mid level.
    1. Recognize cognates between English and Spanish. 
    2. Compare the sound and writing systems of Spanish to English, including stress, intonation and punctuation.
    3. Recognize common idiomatic expressions and phrases that cannot be directly translated from Spanish to English and vice versa.
    4. Identify differences in formal and informal requirements for language between the target language and the student’s language.
  10. Experience the target language and culture(s) and share information and personal reactions with others at novice-mid level.
    1. Use media to experience language and culture in authentic contexts.
    2. Participate in a variety of cross-cultural activities and target culture events.
    3. Develop skills necessary to communicate with others from the target culture at a survival level in familiar everyday situations showing basic cultural awareness.
    4. Develop an understanding that people in other cultures might view aspects of U.S. mainstream culture differently than the majority of U.S. residents view them.

 



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