Universidad Latina - Heredia
Heredia, Costa Rica
Area of Study
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Course Title: Advanced Spanish: Emphasis on Grammar
Semester Credits/Quarter Units: 3/4
Pre-requisites: intermediate Spanish level
LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: This course is given in Spanish.
This course is specifically designed for ISA students.
II. CONTACT HOURS:
This course will meet for 45 contact hours
III. GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION AND COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The ULCR Spanish program focuses on developing communicative skills through study, oral and written communication, and understanding of Spanish as a second language. The goal is that the student develops effectively and adequately in all of the contexts of the Spanish language and achieves a better understanding of the culture in which he or she is immersed. The Advanced Spanish student begins to work with more highly developed communicative goals, including the ability to appropriately tailor a message to different audiences. Within the context of formal presentations, the student will learn to identify how main ideas are appropriately supported by specific information. Furthermore, the student will learn to effectively manage/direct small formal discussion groups. The student will learn to identify point of view and tone in editorial articles, personal essays and short fictional stories. He or she will develop practical application skills for spoken and written communication within various socio-cultural and literary contexts of Spain and Latin America. The class will include comparison of grammatical structures of Spanish and English.
IV. REQUIRED READINGS/TEXTS:
Read and analyze more complex materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, pieces of literature, and essays? Readings will be provided by the teacher
V. COURSE CALENDAR
-Repasar el subjuntivo. Aprender el uso del subjuntivo en expresiones impersonales, en frases que expresan propósito o razón, estipulación, en adverbios, frases que expresan futuro y en situaciones hipotéticas. Subjuntivo y el modo indicativo
Lectura sobre Costa Rica y sobre parques nacionales. Repaso del pretérito y el imperfecto.
Proyecto de Parques Nacionales de Costa Rica y presentación oral. Lectura sobre el ocio y los viajes. Preposiciones
se continúa con el tema de los viajes. El modo condicional.
Tema sobre cocina. Uso del tu y el nosotros imperativo.
Contenido: salud, Organización Mundial de la Salud y enfermedades psicológicas.
Actividades: Escucha de una conversación, inventar un final y actuarla. Repaso en clase y en el laboratorio. Examen final comprensivo de gramática, vocabulario y contenidos vistos, de comprensión de lectura y de escucha.
VI. EVALUATION CRITERIA:
Proyecto de clase: 20%
Examen oral: 20%
Examen parcial: 25%
Examen final: 25%
VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Classes start on time. Arriving more than 10 minutes late is equivalent to being tardy. Three tardies equal one absence. Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late are marked absent. A student who accumulates four (4) or more absences fails the course.
VIII. DESCRIPTION OF SPECIAL ASSIGMENTS/ACTIVITIES:
The class activities will include individual, pair, and group projects, short readings, presentations, conversations, dialogues, and plays. Topic examples include National Parks and Biological Reserves, War vs. Peace, Environmental Issues, Urban vs. Natural Environments, Travel, Cooking, Cultural Traditions, and Health.
IX. OTHER EXPECTATIONS, RULES,CONDUCT GUIDELINES,SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
All assignments must be handed in on the due date. Exams must be taken on the assigned date and will only be made up in case of documented emergencies. If an emergency occurs, it is the student's responsibility to communicate with the professor and make arrangements.
There is a 17,000 colon charge for make-up tests/activities which require the professor´s presence.
The University provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Academic Coordinator as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations. Approved accommodations will not change the basic elements of the course/class.
*Course content subject to change
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.