Department of Spanish & Portuguese 
Spanish Language Curriculum

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Course Descriptions
(Also see "Equivalencies Tables" at the end of this document)

The main objective of the Spanish Language Curriculum is to develop competence in the ability to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish, and to provide, through the knowledge of the language, an understanding and appreciation of Hispanic literatures and cultures. All courses, unless specifically stated otherwise, are taught in Spanish. 

By the end of the first year, students attain some mastery of the basic structure of the language and the ability to converse on every-day topics as well as to read and write on an elementary level. 

In the second year, the emphasis is placed on gradually raising the level of the student's ability to read and to write accurately, as well as become more proficient culturally.

Two third-year, two-quarter sequential courses stress grammar and composition, while another focuses on developing advanced conversation skills so as to empower the non-native student to participate more fully in discussions in upper-division literature courses.

 

Spanish Language Courses:

1A-B-C Fundamentals of Spanish (5-5-5) F, W, S. Communicative approach with emphasis on conversational skills: the students and their environment, their experiences, and their opinions about issues. Reading and writing skills also introduced. Prerequisite for Spanish 1A: authorization or placement into 1A; for 1B: 1A or placement into 1B; for 1C: 1AB, 1B, or S1AB with a grade of B or better or placement into 1C. (1C: VI)

1AB Intensive Spanish Fundamentals (10) F, W, S. An intensive, proficiency-oriented, and task-based approach, designed to develop basic oral communicative abilities in Spanish. Reading and writing skills, along with an introduction to Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: placement into Spanish 1A.

S1AB-BC Fundamentals of Spanish (7.5-7.5) Summer. First-year Spanish in an intensified form. Same as Spanish 1A-B-C during academic year. Prerequisite for Spanish S1AB: placement into 1A; for S1BC: S1AB or 1B, or placement into 1B or 1C. If a student already received credit for 1B or 1AB only 5 units will be awarded for S1BC. (S1BC: VI)

2A-B-C Intermediate Spanish (4-4-4) F, W, S. Conversation, reading, and composition skills are developed using texts of literary and social interest. Emphasis on grammar review. Prerequisite for 2A: Spanish 1C or S1BC or placement into 2A; for 2B: Spanish 2A, 2BZ, or 2MD, or placement into 2B; for 2C: Spanish 2B, 2AB, or S2AB with a grade of B or better, or placement into 2C. (VII-B)

2AB Intermediate Intensive Spanish (8) F, W, S. Intensive intermediate course designed to improve studentís abilities in reading, writing, speaking and comprehension, including a thorough introduction to Hispanic cultures. Throughout the course the grammatical component of the language is gradually reviewed and tested. Prerequisite: 1C, S1BC, or placement into Spanish 2A. (VII-B) 

2BZ Spanish for Business Professionals (4) F, W, S, Summer. Primarily designed for those who need to understand Spanish correspondence and business functions. Helps to improve speaking, reading, and writing abilities, which are essential for interacting with Spanish-speaking clients. Can be taken instead of Spanish 2A. Prerequisite: Spanish 1C or placement into 2A. (VII-B) 

2MD Spanish for Medical Professionals (4). F, W, S, Summer. Emphasis on medical terminology. Grammatical structures and vocabulary needed to interview and converse with Spanish-speaking patients. Can be taken instead of Spanish 2A. Prerequisite: Spanish 1C or placement into 2A. (VII-B)

2NS Spanish for Native Speakers (4) F, W, S. Course for writing concise compositions in Spanish with emphasis on contrastive features and interferences from English. Learning-by-doing approach to teaching of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and orthography. Prerequisite: Spanish 2B, 2AB, or S2AB with a grade of B or better, or placement into 2C and advanced (native-like) oral proficiency in Spanish. Spanish 2NS and 2C may not both be taken for credit. Formerly Spanish 5. (VII-B)

S2AB-BC Intermediate Spanish (6-6) Summer. Second-year Spanish in a time-intensive form. Equivalent to Spanish 2A-B-C during academic year. For description, see Spanish 2A-B-C. Prerequisite for S2AB: Spanish 1C or S1BC or placement into 2A; for S2BC: Spanish 2B or S2AB. If a student already received credit for 2B or 2AB only 4 units will be awarded for S2BC. (VII-B).

NOTE: In order to enroll in Spanish 3A or 3B a student must have passed Spanish 2C or 2NS or received a score of 110 or above on the Spanish placement test.

3A Grammar and Composition (4). Focuses on intermediate to advanced grammar and composition in an orderly fashion. Emphasis is placed on key elements of grammar, to constitute about 70 percent of the course, and composition writing, to constitute about 30 percent of the workload. May be taken concurrently with Spanish 3B. Prerequisite: Spanish 2C, S2BC, or 2NS. (VII-B)

3B Composition and Grammar (4). Focuses on intermediate to advanced grammar and composition in an orderly fashion. Emphasis is placed on key elements of grammar, to constitute about 30 percent of the course, and composition writing, to constitute about 70 percent of the workload. May be taken concurrently with Spanish 3A. Prerequisite: Spanish 2C, S2BC, or 2NS. (VII-B)

15 Advanced Spanish Conversation (4) W, S. Primarily designed to improve the fluency of non-native speakers of Spanish. Concentrates on the active expansion of vocabulary, as well as listening and speaking skills in general. Introduction to Spanish dialect variations of both American and Peninsular Spanish. Not open to native or semi-native speakers of Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 3A and 3B.

97 Fundamentals of Spanish (with Emphasis on Reading) (4). Designed primarily for students interested in acquiring a solid reading knowledge of Spanish, and to facilitate the understanding and translating of Spanish texts dealing with a variety of disciplines. Not open to Spanish majors or minors. Does not serve as prerequisite for any higher-level Spanish courses or fulfill any undergraduate foreign language requirement. Taught in English. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

 

 

Lower-division Course Equivalencies

 

SPAN 1 Series:

1A

1B

1C

1AB

S1AB

S1BC

Example Scenarios:

IF/HAVE

May enroll in:

May NOT enroll in:

S1AB

S1BC
1B (for 2.5 units)
1C (if grade of B or better earned in S1AB)

1A

1A

S1AB (for 2.5 units)
1B
S1BC (if grade of B or better earned in 1A)

 

 

1B

1C
S1BC (for 5 units)

S1AB

1AB

 

1C
S1BC (for 5 units)

1A
1B
S1AB

 

SPAN 2 Series

2A

2B

2C
2NS

2AB

S2AB

S2BC

Example Scenarios:

IF/HAVE

May enroll in:

May NOT enroll in:

S2AB

 

S2BC
2B (for 2 units)
2C (if grade of B or better earned in S2AB)

2A

2A, 2BZ, 2MD

S2AB (for 2 units)
2B
S2BC (if grade of B or better earned in 2A, 2BZ, 2MD)

 

 

2B

2C
S2BC (for 4 units)

S2AB

2AB

 

2C
S2BC (for 4 units)

2A
2B
S2AB

 

NOTES:

1. 

2. 

2BZ, 2MD are independent courses at the SPAN 2 Series level.
2C, 2NS are equivalent

 

 

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