Spanish 4 and Culture
This course has Spanish 3 and Culture (or equivalent) as a pre-requisite and is the 4th and last of the 4 course Spanish language program offered at UML. The course strengthens the four skills acquired in prior levels. It emphasizes increased accuracy and depth of students’ abilities and knowledge of the culture of Spanish speaking countries in a communicative approach (instruction occurs in Spanish with almost no use of English). Students express themselves orally and in writing at the national standards level of high-intermediate and understand key-concepts when spoken clearly at native speed.
The class is taught in Spanish, giving you maximum exposure to the language. Please make every effort to communicate to the instructor and to other students in Spanish. If you do not understand the instructor, ask for clarification: Por favor, no lo comprendo, puede repertirlo.
The course will base its goals on the Proficiency Guidelines and the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, which focus on five general areas:
At the end of the semester, students are expected to communicate in Spanish at the Intermediate Mid level of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards.
In other words, students should be able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with routine tasks and social situations and demonstrate an emerging ability to handle situations with a complication or an unexpected turn of events. They should be able to narrate and describe people, situations, and events by using the major time frames and providing a full account with good control of aspect in connected paragraphs. They should also demonstrate merging ability to support personal opinions and express abstract ideas. Students should be able to read, comprehend, and summarize complex texts and discuss the ideas they contain. Students should be able to identify, present, and analyze important features of the target language (Spanish) history and culture.