SPAN1320 Beginning Spanish II

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 8 - Global Perspective. This is the second course in a four-semester sequence that, upon completion of the sequence, meets the general Spanish requirements for the Spanish (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AA degree. The vocabulary established in Beginning Spanish 1 is augmented to include vocabulary related to food, clothing, the human body and its diseases, traveling, and the environment. The increased vocabulary furthers the students' verbal and writing skills, as well as their comprehension of more complicated reading and listening assignments. Grammar studied in this semester includes the past tenses (preterit and imperfect), an introduction to the subjunctive and the command forms, the difference between por and para, direct, indirect and reflexive pronouns, and the comparative. Students continue to study the differences among Spanish-speaking countries, focusing on specific aspects (e.g. art, architecture, food gender roles, education system, and politics). Linguistic varieties as well as idiomatic differences among Spanish-speaking countries continue to be discussed.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Carry on a short conversation about personal interests including things they did, are doing and plan to do.
  • Ask and answer a variety of questions giving reasons for the answers.
  • Exchange personal preferences and feelings.
  • Express agreement and disagreement.
  • Read and respond to level-appropriate written materials on a broader range of familiar topics.
  • Identify the main idea and demonstrate understanding of key words and phrases from selected authentic materials.
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken and written language that incorporates familiar vocabulary and structures.
  • Write guided compositions on familiar topics in present and past time frames.
  • Examine the similarities and differences between the target cultures and the student¿s own culture with topics such as holidays, food, travel and shopping.
  • Identify and describe contributions from the target cultures such as artwork, architecture, music, dance and literature.


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4 credits: 4 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other