Second Year Spanish - Third Term

Course Number: SPA 203
Transcript Title: Second Year Spanish-3rd 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 202 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 202 or instructor permission. Audit available. 

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Manage most communicative tasks in a variety of social situations.
  2. Communicate effectively with some rephrasing and circumlocution with most native speakers.
  3. Narrate and describe with increased detail and length using a variety of time frames and modes with consistent accuracy.
  4. Understand the values underlying cultural behaviors and attitudes within the Spanish-speaking world and how it relates to one’s cultural perspective.
  5. Compare and contrast 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 abstract and complex ideas in a variety of 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. 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. Greetings, introductions and leave-taking.
  2. Age and nationality, geography of the Hispanic world.
  3. Personal descriptions, daily routines, interests and activities.
  4. Household items and domestics chores.
  5. The Hispanic city, asking and giving directions, and commands.
  6. Family members and Hispanic last names.
  7. Time and weather.
  8. Classes, studies and professions.
  9. Definite and indefinite articles. Noun/adjective agreement.
  10. Regular and irregular verbs in present, immediate future, present progressive and preterite.
  11. Introduction to present subjunctive, and subordinate clauses.

Competencies and Skills:

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