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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 science, technology, and innovations.
  • Describe objects, giving information about shapes, materials, parts, uses, and properties.
  • Describe objects using relative clauses.
  • Narrate stories and situate events in time.
  • Read Spanish short stories.
  • Integrate common expressions in conversation.
  • Talk about the future and express future conditions.
  • Talk about the economy.
  • Obtain and give information about business and services.
  • Create an ad and a campaign to promote a business.
  • Talk about current world issues.
  • Express opinions, probability, and doubt using the subjunctive.
  • Debate issues and justify opinions with arguments.
  • Write an argumentative letter.
  • Talk about movies.
  • Talk about feelings and emotions using reflexive verbs.
  • Describe people's personalities and changes.
  • Give advice using the subjunctive.

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/Latino 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 cultures and their own.

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