Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Discipline: Spanish
Instructor: Alegre-González
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Class: Day 1 - Wednesday, 11 February | Vietnam
Prerequisites: Passing grade in SPAN 2010; SAT II test scores of 600-640; UVa placement test score of 410-535; IB exam score of 5 or 6; or permission of the instructor. Download Syllabus

Advanced Intermediate Spanish is a three-credit intermediate level course, the forth in a four-course sequence which fulfills the language requirement at many universities. The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between elementary and advanced levels in the further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

This course will develop students’ ability to 1) communicate satisfactorily in Spanish in everyday practical situations that may occur either in the U.S or abroad, 2) continue acquiring some of the skills necessary for effective reading in Spanish, and 3) write Spanish with a satisfactory level of accuracy. This course will enable students to communicate in everyday situations, narrate in the past, present, and future, and master other complex structures (such as hypothetical situations and express desires and requests), increase vocabulary, and improve comprehension and fluency. Students will be exposed to aspects of Hispanic culture and literature via films, music, current events and written texts. Three key components that will assist students to attain these three goals are vocabulary, language awareness, and practice/participation. Class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Lessons will be structured in such a way as to help students participate comfortably on a daily basis.

Field Class

Country: Vietnam
Day: 1 - Wednesday, 11 February

Intermediate Spanish students will have the opportunity to meet other students from Vietnam who are studying Spanish at the University of Social Sciences & Humanities so that they can practice their language skills while in engaging in activities on site-seeing. The idea is to exchange as much cultural information as possible from both countries, USA and Vietnam, in Spanish. Academic Objectives:

  1. Each student will be paired with a local student with whom they will interact in Spanish.
  2. After that port visit, at the end of the semester, students will present orally in Spanish about all the information they gathered and learned from the cultural-linguistic exchange experience in port, to be evaluated according to the rubric provided at the beginning of the semester.
  3. They will need to use the past tense; they will need to include cultural information; they may use pictures or recordings; they will have to highlight one detail in particular that impress them over the rest of the experience.