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Spanish 203 - Course Objectives

At the end of the 200-level series students will have acquired an intermediate high proficiency level in Spanish, 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 203 will be able to:

  • Talk about political beliefs and ideologies. Discuss the value of ideas.
  • Talk about the workplace, the economy, and the job market.
  • Talk about science and technology: new inventions, discoveries, and advancements.
  • Talk about sports and leisure.
  • Talk about current social issues and problems.
  • Moderate a formal discussion around these or other similar topics.
  • Express purpose, condition, or intent using the subjunctive.
  • Make comparisons and express superlatives.
  • Refer to recently completed actions, or past actions that still bear relevance in the present, using the indicative and subjunctive present perfect.
  • Refer to actions that had been done or had been occurred before another action in the past using the indicative and subjunctive past perfect.
  • Express what will have happened at a certain point using the future perfect.
  • Express supposition or probability regarding a past action using the future perfect.
  • Express what would have occurred but did not using the conditional perfect.
  • Express probability or conjecture about the past using the conditional perfect.
  • Make a hypothetical statement about a possible or likely to occur event, an improbable or contrary-to-fact event, a contrary-to-fact situation in the past, or a habitual, not contrary-to-fact, past action.
  • Make a passive statement using the passive voice or the passive se.
  • Write a report.
  • Write a news article.
  • Write a brochure for an advertising campaign.
  • Write a fiction short story.
  • Write a press statement.

Students completing SPANISH 203 will have:

  • Gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and become more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken.
  • Increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities, through readings, videos, and classroom discussions.
  • Watched and analyzed authentic TV clips from different countries and regions in Latin America and Spain.
  • Watched, analyzed, and discussed short movies from different Spanish-speaking countries, displaying different dialects and varieties of the Spanish language. Developed the cultural knowledge to understand the context and background of these short films.
  • Explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic speaking world, with a special emphasis on Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, and Spain.
  • Read, analyzed, and discussed short stories and poems from some of the most well-known Spanish writers, such as Juan Madrid, Pedro Orgambide, or Gabriel García Márquez.