May 21, 2022
FLS 241 - Intermediate Spanish I
Lecture Hours: 4
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
This course aims to extend proficiency in Spanish. Skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing are further developed around themes of academic and social issues using authentic resources to expand their knowledge of cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world. The intermediate level places special emphasis on classroom discussion and on compositions of greater length.
Prerequisite: FLS 152 or instructor approval
- Interpret information that is heard, read or viewed from a variety of sources, including culturally authentic messages and in informational or literary texts at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Identify main idea, flow of events and related information in various time frames and moods in informational or fictional texts.
- Recognize a greater range of idiomatic expressions and multi-word phrases on familiar topics in limited settings.
- Use knowledge of cognates between English and Spanish to interpret higher-level vocabulary.
- Answer more complex questions about conversations, discussions and other sources.
- Formulate more detailed answers to questions about a text.
- Explain the viewpoint of an authentic source by summarizing in some detail who produced the text, when, why and for whom.
- Analyze the sequence of events in literary texts to understand how each event led to the next.
- Provide detailed descriptions of characters and settings in fictional texts.
- Predict the outcomes of fictional texts and justify the rationale for the predictions.
- Relate texts to self, current or historical events or world issues through discussions, journaling and/or creative representations.
- Derive meaning from texts using listening, reading, and viewing strategies at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Understand new words, phrases, sentences or the main idea with the help of visuals and graphics that accompany texts.
- Utilize knowledge of word families and cognates to determine the meaning of new words and expressions.
- Implement limited idiomatic expressions and multi-word phrases on a wider range of topics.
- Employ background knowledge of the situation, the purpose of communication or context clues to aid comprehension.
- Interpret gestures, intonation and tone to comprehend more detailed verbal and nonverbal messages.
- Synthesize information about the same topic or event from multiple sources, noting important similarities and differences in the points of view they represent.
- Interact in spoken or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings and opinions using culturally appropriate language at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Exchange information in conversations on familiar topics and some researched topics using created sentences and series of sentences as well as follow-up questions.
- Interact with others to meet personal needs in a variety of familiar situations using created sentences and follow-up questions.
- Exchange preferences, feelings, or opinions and basic advice on a variety of familiar topics.
- Provide information using knowledge of the target language and culture.
- Negotiate meaning with requests, clarification and conversation strategies at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Use a range of expressions to make requests and seek clarification.
- Use strategies such as paraphrasing, elaboration or circumlocution to clarify meaning and ambiguities.
- Employ a variety of conversation strategies to steer interactions.
- Present information, concepts and viewpoints on familiar and some unfamiliar topics at novice-mid to novice-high level.
- Present personal information about life, activities and other social experiences, using a mixture of simple and compound sentences with connector words.
- Use appropriate rehearsed behaviors in familiar everyday situations when using the target language.
- Express and explain preferences on familiar and everyday topics of interest in a variety of time frames and moods and providing reasons to support them.
- Advise others about options, ideas, plans or perspectives using more complex language.
- Investigate the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied, using the target language at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- 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.
- Discuss cross-cultural similarities and differences in the target culture products to understand their perspectives.
- Explore the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied while using the target language at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Identify some typical practices related to a wider range of contexts in everyday life in the target cultures and the student’s own culture when using the target language at the appropriate level.
- Discuss cross-cultural similarities and differences in the target culture practices or products to understand their perspectives.
- Examine connections between Spanish and other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Identify selected information and skills from other content areas in experiences related to Spanish and the target cultures.
- Compare preferences related to daily life of people in the student’s community and people in the target cultures.
- Transfer information and skills from other content areas to experiences related to the target language and its culture(s).
- 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.
- Explore ways in which Spanish proficiency can aid in achieving personal and professional goals.
- Reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of the target language and the student’s own language at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Recognize common idiomatic expressions and phrases that cannot be directly translated from Spanish to English and vice versa.
- Recognize how different time frames are expressed in the target language in the three modes at the appropriate level.
- Use knowledge of sound and writing systems in the target language to refine use of accurate pronunciation and intonation.
- Demonstrate more consistent use of formal and informal language forms in the target language.
- Experience the target language and culture(s) and share information and personal reactions with others at novice-high to intermediate-low level.
- Use media to experience language and culture in authentic contexts.
- Discuss short texts and videos from the target culture.
- Participate in a variety of cross-cultural activities and target culture events.
- Investigate institutions, contemporary and historical figures, contributions and time periods of the target culture(s).
- Develop skills necessary to communicate with others from the target culture at a conversational level in familiar everyday situations showing increasing cultural awareness.
- 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.
- Recognize that learning about cultural perspectives contributes to a mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship, and improved community connections.
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