Courses

SPAN 110 Elementary Spanish (5 units)

Provides students with no prior knowledge of Spanish the opportunity to develop basic oral communication skills that allows them to use the language to talk about themselves, families, studies, occupations, surroundings, etc. Basic reading comprehension and writing skills are also developed. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are highlighted, in order to raise cultural awareness and to use the language in a culturally appropriate manner.

SPAN 111 Elementary Spanish I (3 units)

Equivalent to the first half of SPAN 110. Provides students with no prior knowledge of Spanish the opportunity to develop basic oral communication skills that allows them to use the language to talk about themselves, their families, their studies, other occupations, their surroundings, etc. Basic reading comprehension and writing skills are also developed. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are highlighted, in order to raise cultural awareness and to use the language in a culturally appropriate manner.

SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish II (3 units)

Continuation of SPAN 111. Equivalent to the second half of SPAN 110. Provides students with minimum prior knowledge of Spanish the opportunity to develop basic oral communication skills that allows them to use the language to talk about themselves, their families, their studies, other occupations, their surroundings, etc. Basic reading comprehension and writing skills are also developed. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are highlighted, in order to raise cultural awareness and to use the language in a culturally appropriate manner. (SPAN 111 and 112 are equivalent to SPAN 110.)

SPAN 120 Advanced Elementary Spanish (5 units)

Continuation of SPAN 110 or 112, for students who can use Spanish to talk about the “here and now” and narrate a simple story in the past. Students further develop and practice oral and written communication skills in many contexts (health, pressures and conveniences of modern life, the arts, the environment, social life, the workplace, government and civic responsibilities and travel). Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are emphasized. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

SPAN 121 Advanced Elementary Spanish I (3 units)

Equivalent to the first half of SPAN 120. Continuation of SPAN 110 or 112, for students who can use Spanish to talk about the “here and now” and narrate a simple story in the past. Students further develop and practice oral and written communication skills in many contexts (health, pressures and conveniences of modern life, the arts, free-time activities). Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are emphasized. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

SPAN 122 Advanced Elementary Spanish II (3 units)

Continuation of SPAN 121. Designed for students who can use Spanish to talk about the “here and now”, narrate stories in the past, and express feelings and opinions. Students further develop and practice oral and written communication skills in many contexts (environmental issues, social life, the workplace, government and civic responsibilities and travel). Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world are emphasized. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

SPAN 131 Intermediate Spanish I (3 units)

Vocabulary development in topics such as the environment, inventions and innovations, human and civil rights. Preterit and imperfect, present indicative and subjunctive, plans and preferences. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world presented through literature, songs, art, videos, newspapers, internet. Class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

SPAN 132 Intermediate Spanish II (3 units)

Vocabulary development in topics such as diversity and discrimination, relationships, show business, food and nutrition. Indicative and subjunctive (present and past), perfect tenses, conditional sentences. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world presented through literature, art, songs, videos, newspapers, internet. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

SPAN 140 Advanced Intermediate Spanish (3 units)

Vocabulary development and composition in topics such as social and economic issues, work-related and spare-time activities, breakthroughs in technology and medicine. Cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world related to these topics are presented through literature, art, songs, videos, newspapers, internet. Pluperfect subjunctive, relative pronouns, indirect speech, passive voice. The class is conducted primarily in Spanish.

SPAN 145 Spanish Conversation through Film (3 units)

Thought-provoking films expose students to authentic Spanish language as well as the culture and history of different regions in the Spanish-speaking world. Analysis and discussion of films with the goal of improving accuracy and fluency in Spanish.

SPAN 150 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (4 units)

Designed primarily for Spanish speaking students who are comfortable with oral communication. This course includes vocabulary development, spelling and accents, registers, dialectal variation, cultural readings and introduction to Spanish language literature of South America, Spain, and Spanish-speaking cultures in the United States. Students expand on their own experience and values, and develop an appreciation of the diversity of the various Latino cultures and their influence in the US. Class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

SPAN 152 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (4 units)

Designed primarily for Spanish speaking students who are comfortable with oral communication. This course includes vocabulary development, spelling and accents, registers, dialectal variation, cultural readings and introduction to Spanish language literature of Central America and the Caribbean. Students expand on their own experience and values, and develop an appreciation of the diversity of the various Latino cultures and their influence in the US. Class is conducted entirely in Spanish.

SPAN 162 Latino Literature II (3 units)

Literary survey of the best novels, poetry, and short stories in Latin American literature of the 20th century, contextualized in cultural, sociological, and political framework. Through the works of literary greats, students develop an appreciation of the diversity of experience and values of the various Latino cultures and their influence in the U.S. Course is conducted entirely in Spanish.

SPAN 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.