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Leon M. Bensadon
SPAN 203
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Spanish

Intensive practice in speaking, reading, and writing. Review of Spanish grammar. Oral practice based on literary and cultural readings. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either SPAN 202, SPAN 210, or score of 146-165 on SP200A placement test.

Class description

SPAN 203 is designed for the student who has completed Spanish 201 and 202 or their equivalents. It provides a comprehensive study of the Spanish language and aims to broaden students' understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. By expanding upon the language skills and cultural knowledge students have acquired in earlier classes, SPAN 203 prepares students for further studies in Spanish at the advanced level. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Student learning goals

Objectives to enhance oral proficiency by engaging in communicative activities such as providing information or expressing ideas and opinions in Spanish

improve listening comprehension through the exclusive use of Spanish in class and through a variety of videos and listening exercises

improve writing proficiency through a variety of written assignments, creating informal works as well as more formal output (through the writing and revising process)

increase knowledge of the histories and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world awaken cultural empathy and awareness of cultural, social and historical issues in the Spanish-speaking world

increase awareness of the relationships between the peoples of the Spanish-speaking world and their connection to and role in the global community

increase understanding of previously-studied grammatical structures enhance vocabulary acquire basic knowledge of literature and literary terms necessary for advanced Spanish courses

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Because language classes are practice sessions, your lively presence is required and you will receive a daily participation grade ranging from 0-5. (See the participation section below for details on what this participation entails.) In order for students to understand the grammar and participate in the conversations, they must complete all homework and reading assignments prior to class. Failure to do so will result in a low participation grade. Attendance is required for obvious reasons--it is impossible to receive participation credit if you are not in class. Your instructor will provide details regarding how he/she will monitor and evaluate your class participation. Please see the "Participation Self-Evaluation Form" at the online course portal for general evaluation criteria. It will be your responsibility to print out the forms and submit one at the end of each week.

Class assignments and grading

Exercises and activities to be prepared for class are included in the daily syllabus found in the online course portal. Any changes to the daily syllabus will be announced by your instructor. You are required to read the assigned pages before class and complete the activities and exercises for that date. The course relies heavily on topics studied outside of class and requires students to prepare the assigned materials on their own prior to class. A good participation grade requires that you carefully prepare all homework and reading assignments.


Hour Exams - 35% Final Exam - 20% Comp (1) 10% Formal Discussions-(2) 10% Online Homework 15% Participation 10%

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Leon M. Bensadon
Date: 11/12/2010