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Spanish 201 - Course Objectives

Following the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning the objectives of the second-year intermediate-level Spanish language series are organized around five main areas:

COMMUNICATION. At the end of the 200-level series students will have acquired an intermediate high proficiency level, which means they will be able to communicate with ease and confidence when dealing with everyday routine tasks and will have the skills to participate in conversations requiring an exchange of basic information related to common topics, such as work or school, or their personal interests. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 201 will be able to:

  • Talk about professions and the world of work.
  • Describe their own and others skills, talents, and experiences.
  • Talk about personal qualities and emotions. Express feelings and describe mood.
  • Talk about future plans.
  • Prepare for a job interview and make a video resume.
  • Talk about higher education, including online classes, new technologies, and what the future may bring.
  • Make predictions.
  • Talk about what is going to happen.
  • Place an action in the future.
  • Talk about your future career and debate about professional futures.
  • Talk about the concept of time, time management, work-life balance, and organization practices.
  • Offer and ask for services.
  • Give advice and make comments using the subjunctive.
  • Compare statistics, data, and schedules to produce a report.
  • Talk about consumption and the environment, making connections between the environment, industry, and consumerism.
  • Explain problems and discuss the causes.
  • Express wishes and desires, needs, requests, and complaints using the subjunctive.
  • Write a manifesto.

CULTURES. Students will have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. They will be more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken, will have explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic world, and will have increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latinx communities.

CONNECTIONS. Students will be able to acquire new information and reinforce their knowledge of other disciplines through the Spanish language.

COMPARISONS. Students will have developed new insights into the nature of language and culture that will allow them to establish comparisons not only between languages, but also between the Hispanic and Latinx cultures and their own.

COMMUNITIES. Students will be able to use the Spanish language to participate in Hispanic and Latinx communities at home and around the world.