Second Year Spanish - First Term

Course Number: SPA 201
Transcript Title: Second Year Spanish-1st Term
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


SPA 103 or instructor permission

Course Description

Continues the work of first year Spanish, reviewing, expanding, and perfecting pronunciation, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Prerequisites: SPA 103 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Handle a limited number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.
  2. Communicate using significant repetition, rephrasing, and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
  3. Write using paragraph-length connected discourse to narrate and describe in present, past and future time frames with limited accuracy.
  4. Recognize and interpret cultural behaviors and attitudes within the Spanish-speaking world in relation to one’s own cultural perspective.
  5. Further analyze historical and cultural movements in the target culture in relation to key works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts.
  6. Further develop and apply strategies for analyzing and responding to limited authentic materials in the target language.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:

  1. Active participation in class.
  2. Individual presentations.
  3. Written tasks (in or outside of class, on paper or on-line) to assess reading, writing, listening, oral and cultural competencies.

Course Activities and Design

The student must attend class regularly from the first day when important material is presented.  S/he must come to class prepared to participate in all classroom activities, study related material in the textbook and complete take-home assignments. Student active participation in small groups and frequent responses during class time are considered necessary in order to master the material presented, therefore volunteer oral responses and risk taking are expected from each student.  For each hour of class, the student should plan on one-half to one hour of outside study and preparation. Since coursework is structured and sequential, class attendance is mandatory and any absences will have a negative effect on the final grade.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  • Grammatical Structures:
    • Present tense
    • Ser and Estar
    • Gustar and similar verbs
    • Nouns and articles
    • Adjectives
    • Preterite
    • Imperfect
    • Preterite vs. Imperfect
    • Progressive forms
    • Subjunctive in noun clauses
    • Commands
    • Object Pronouns


  • Description of personality, relationships, feelings and emotions
  • Giving and following directions
  • Description of people, places and activities in the city
  • Discussion of mass media
  • Spanish speaking countries: history, geography and social issues
  • Literary readings

Department Notes

This course satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B. A. degree, counts towards Arts and Letters distribution requirements for the A. A. degree, and contributes to the General Education requirement for other Associate Degrees.