Advanced Oral and Written Expression

Universidad Latina - Heredia

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Oral and Written Expression

  • Host University

    Universidad Latina - Heredia

  • Location

    Heredia, Costa Rica

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Title: Advanced Spanish: Emphasis on Oral and Written Expression

    Semester Credits/Quarter Units: 3/4

    Pre-requisites: intermediate Spanish level

    This course is given in Spanish.

    This course is specifically designed for ISA students.

    This course will meet for 45 contact hours

    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 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.

    Read and analyze more complex materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, pieces of literature, and essays. Readings will be provided by the teacher.

    Sesión 1 - 2
    Contenido: comunicación efectiva Ejercicios de gramática. Refranes.
    Ejercicios de gramática. Producción práctica. Opiniones sobre planes y predicciones para el futuro. Composición escrita sobre planes y predicciones. Intercambio de estudiantes.

    Sesión 3 - 4
    Contenido: tema sobre costumbres y aspectos culturales. Comunicación escrita en situaciones hipotéticas.

    Discusión sobre costumbres de España, Costa Rica y los Estados Unidos. Ejercicios de gramática en clase e interactivos. Composición sobre diferencias culturales entre España, Costa Rica y los Estados Unidos. Producción creativa sobre situaciones hipotéticas. Producción y actuación de una situación específica a escoger.

    Sesión 5 - 6
    Tipos de expresión escrita La narración; periodismo; disertación y ensayo. Temas del medioambiente.
    Actividades de escucha y escritura - Ejercicios interactivos

    Sesión 7 - 8
    La estructura oral ? la exposición Lectura del museo y biografía de Picasso. La entrevista formal e informal
    Producción creativa de la gramática aprendida. Vocabulario relacionado con museos. Debate sobre Picasso.

    Sesión 9 - 10
    Cartas formal e informal y de quejas. Verbos como volverse, hacerse, ponerse, llegar a ser, etc. Tema: Desastres naturales
    . Intercambio de cartas. Actuación sobre una queja. Video sobre la importancia del español en los Estados Unidos.

    Sesión 11 - 12
    El gesto y la postura en comunicación
    Estudio de la audiencia y efectos de la comunicación

    Sesión 13 - 14
    Refranes y dichos populares.
    Explicar los refranes. Repaso.

    Proyecto de clase: 20%
    Examen oral: 20%
    Examen parcial: 25%
    Examen final: 25%
    Dramatizaciones: 10%

    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.

    The class activities will include individual, pair, and group projects, short readings, presentations, conversations, dialogues, and plays. Topic examples Read and analyze more complex materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, pieces of literature, and essays Identify point of view and tone in editorial articles, personal essays and short fictional stories Create more detailed and complex essays, written responses, articles, journal entries and letters. Appropriately tailor a message to different audiences.

    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

Course Disclaimer

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.