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The following Spanish courses are offered:

SPAN 401     Elementary Spanish    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the first semester introduction to the Spanish language.  It is designed for beginning students with little or no previous exposure to the language.  It is characterized by an emerging ability to understand and produce appropriate responses in high-frequency situations utilizing learned materials.  Speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a sympathetic listener.  Verbal and written expression is limited to short, culturally appropriate communication.  Students will acquire  knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers contributions to North American and world cultures. 

SPAN 402     Elementary Spanish    4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 401 with a grade of “C” or better; or two years of high school Spanish.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is the second semester of elementary Spanish.  It is designed for students who have completed SPAN 401 or two years of high school Spanish.  It provides refinement of skills acquired in SPAN 401.  Utilizing learned materials, students will gain increased accuracy and ability to understand and produce appropriate responses in high-frequency situations.  Speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a sympathetic listener.  Verbal and written expression will be limited to short, culturally appropriate communication on a wider range of topics than at the SPAN 401 level.  Students will acquire knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of contributions to North American and other world cultures. 

SPAN 411     Intermediate Spanish    4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 402 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This is first semester Intermediate Spanish.  It is designed for students who have completed SPAN 402 or three years of high school Spanish.  It provides refinement of skills attained in Span 402.  Students will work toward the ability to create with the language without relying on learned responses, to understand main ideas in routine speech and to understand main ideas in written texts.  Listening and reading comprehension continue to develop; speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a somewhat sympathetic native speaker.  Students will develop the ability to respond in an unrehearsed manner on concrete topics in known situations.  Written expression will meet limited personal needs and culturally appropriate language at a higher level of accuracy than  found in Span 402.  The student will continue acquisition of knowledge of geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers’ contributions to North American and world cultures. 

SPAN 412     Intermediate Spanish    4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 411 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course will provide continued development of the Intermediate low and Intermediate Mid Level listening/speaking skills attained in SPAN 411 while helping the student work toward the Intermediate High level. The course will focus on development of written narratives and expository prose along with increased awareness of cultural concerns, norms, values, and culture-specific customs and events, with emphasis placed on culturally-authentic reading and writing through the introduction and application of basic literary analysis. The course will help to develop the student’s emerging ability to handle complicated situations, to discuss topics beyond immediate personal needs (e.g., current events, media, politics, values, history, traditions, social issues and customs), and to use forms indicating past and future time frames. The student will also acquire knowledge and an appreciation of the geography, culture and people from Spanish-speaking countries and their contributions to North American and world-wide culture. 

SPAN 495     Independent Studies in Spanish    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

SPAN 499     Experimental Offering in Spanish    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 6/12/14

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