Students who successfully complete Spanish 101 will gain the following:
► Listening Skills
1. Distinguish and create the sounds of Spanish.
2. Comprehend intermediate-level sentences expressed within the framework of more personal vocabulary, grammatical forms, and sentence structures that allow the student to express emotions and likes/dislikes/desires.
3. Continue to be able to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases though logical guessing based on contextual clues in more complex sentences.
► Speaking Skills
1. Continue to correctly produce all sounds of Spanish and link sounds together in sentences with sufficient accuracy to be comprehended by Spanish speakers.
2. Use high-frequency and personal vocabulary, grammatical forms, and sentence structures to converse in logical and personal sentences in everyday situations (such as greetings, asking for directions, answering common questions, expressing basic needs and reactions, exchanging information, or persuading others, expressing wants/needs/desires/likes/dislikes, talking about the past and future.)
► Reading Skills
1. Comprehend level-appropriate sentences and narrative in Spanish and differentiate between past, present, future, conditional, and subjunctive tenses.
2. Accurately answer straightforward questions in past, present, and future.
3. Continue to improve on determining the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases through logical guessing based on contextual clues.
► Writing Skills
1. Compose in Spanish brief paragraphs about personal information as well as cultural topics using a mix of past, present, and future tenses appropriately, with the help of a dictionary and grammar notes, without committing major errors and with sufficient clarity for Spanish speakers to comprehend the paragraph the first time they read it.
2. Compose in Spanish succinct paragraphs about everyday topics, cultural topics, and self in past, present, and future tenses, without using a dictionary or grammar book, with sufficient clarity for Spanish speakers to comprehend the paragraph, even though the student might have committed certain errors, such as verb or adjective agreement.
► Culture-related Skills
1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of similarities and differences in the main aspects of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and corresponding aspects of life in the United States.
2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of culturally conditioned behavior patterns (such as formality or familiarity in addressing people, gestures used in greeting others, and table manners) and employ those patterns appropriately with Spanish speakers.
Students who successfully complete SPAN 100 are expected to perform well in the basic skills categories (excluding #2. under Writing Skills), but the range of grammar forms and sentence structures that they have mastered will be more limited than that of students completing SPAN
101. Students who successfully complete SPAN 101 are expected to perform well in all the categories and also perform with a greater degree of spontaneity and accuracy than SPAN 100 students.