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General Course Descriptions

Spanish 101: Phonetics

This course intends first, that students be able to discern and reproduce the different sounds in Spanish. In second place, this course aims that students be able to read out loud with good pronunciation and fluency. A third objective is that students learn spelling rules that affect pronunciation in Spanish.

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Spanish 102: Basic Grammar

This course offers the grammar elements that students need to speak with appropriate structures. At the end of this course, the student will be able to perform oral and written exercises, use his cognitive abilities to analyze and understand the basic grammar rules, and to strengthen his memory. The student will also be able to identify when he makes some conjugation mistakes.

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Spanish 103: Language (Oral Expression)

This course intends that students learn basic vocabulary, develop memory and learn study strategies, so that they can reach the following proficiency level.

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Spanish 202: Intermediate Grammar

This course offers an in-depth study of all the basic grammar elements covered in SPAN 102; that is, it includes all the exceptions and special uses of each topic. In this course, students begin studying the compound tenses of the indicative and the subjunctive mode. This course offers the grammar elements that students need to speak using longer structures. At the end of this course, the student will be able to perform oral and written exercises, use his cognitive abilities to analyze, understand more grammar rules, and narrate using both Present and Past tenses. The student will also be able to correct himself.

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Spanish 203: Language (Oral Expression)

This course aims that students increase their vocabulary for detailed descriptions of people, animals and things. Narration and comparisons are introduced, as well as Bible studies and presentations. As in SPAN 103, a goal is that students continue developing memory and study strategies, so that they can become more fluent.

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SPAN 302:  Advanced Grammar and Composition

Taught in Spanish. Exhaustive study of all the advanced grammar topics aims to help the speaker sound more native-like. Methodology is visual, but includes oral drilling and creative production. Books and hand-outs provided.

 

Main topics: review of past tense, participles, compound tenses, command form, and a deep study of the subjunctive mood.

 

This course also aims to develop the writing skills, and also at perfecting the spelling of Spanish words. Students will learn and practice all the spelling rules. They will also learn to write different types of writings, such as memos, newspaper ads, comments, summaries, poetry, curriculums, and so forth.

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SPAN 303: Advanced Conversation

Continuation of SPAN 203, now aiming for more complex
structures and better functionality. Opportunity to improve narration and be exposed to more
abstract and hypothetical situations. Learners are encouraged to find ways to express their ideas
and opinions using circumlocution. Methodology is very eclectic. Hand-outs provided. Bible is
needed.

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SPAN 404: Latin American Literature

This course aims to enhance comprehension skills and
extending vocabulary. Students will be asked to read at home and also read out loud in class,
discuss new vocabulary, and summarize what they read. Samples of poetry, short stories, novels
and dramas will be chosen. Also, the student will learn to understand newspapers and current
magazines.

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