Second Year Spanish - Second Term

Course Number: SPA 202
Transcript Title: Second Year Spanish-2nd Term
Created: February 27, 2013
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 201 or instructor permission

Course Description

Continues to expand structure and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Prerequisites: SPA 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Handle a wider range of communicative tasks in selected social situations.
  2. Communicate more effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with native speakers accustomed to dealing with non-native speakers.
  3. Further develop discourse to narrate and describe in more detail and length using a variety of time frames and modes with greater accuracy.
  4. Expand understanding of cultural similarities and differences within the Spanish-speaking world in relation to one’s own cultural perspective.
  5. Deepen understanding of historical and cultural movements through analysis of selected works of art, literature, music, film and/or performing arts from the target culture.
  6. Analyze and develop responses to selected 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 and group presentations
  3. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural, and aural competencies
  4. Oral interviews with partner or instructor
  5. In class, interactive student role-plays

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:

  1. Social and cultural activities, and sports
  2. Travel
  3. Narrating a sequence of events in the past (imperfect versus preterite)
  4. Shopping for food, and ordering food in a restaurant
  5. Indicating one's preferences (verbs like "gustar")
  6. Describing medical, dental, and hospital care
  7. Shopping for clothes: explaining one's needs: style, size, etc.
  8. Compound tenses (present perfect, pluperfect)
  9. Subject, object, and double object pronouns
  10. Subordinate noun and adjectival clauses and the subjunctive (present, imperfect)
  11. Comparisons

Competencies and Skills

  1. Manages personal interactions
  2. Discusses activities in future, present and past
  3. Gives recommendations and suggestions
  4. Recognizes and appreciates cultural and linguistic differences in the Spanish speaking world
  5. Writes paragraphs given a context and a model
  6. Reads and understands a variety of texts
  7. Comprehends slow native speech in a contextual setting
  8. Makes herself/himself understood by a native speaker accustomed to non-native speakers