Intermediate Conversation and Culture

Universidad Veritas

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intermediate Conversation and Culture

  • Host University

    Universidad Veritas

  • Location

    San José, Costa Rica

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Linguistics, Spanish

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, High Intermediate

  • Prerequisites

    Student must take one of the following courses at the same time:

    -Intermediate Grammar and Conversation (Level 1)

    -Intermediate Grammar and Conversation (Level 2)

    -Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals

    -Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals

    -Intermediate Spanish Conversation

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    *Each 1-credit Conversation and Culture course offering is subject to enrollment. This course comes at an additional fee to the program cost. This course can be taken at no extra cost only for the Summer 5 program. Contact the Costa Rica Program Manager for more information.


    Intermediate Conversation and Culture SPN-200

    The course is designed for students with a basic communicative competency in Spanish that wish to complement an intensive Intermediate Spanish language course through emphasis on the oral ability and knowledge of cultural aspects. The course will be given twice a week, in two-hour sessions during one month.


    • Upon course completion the student will have developed more confidence and ability to express themself in sociocultural contexts of the language.

    Specific objectives:

    • Give and receive information about means of transportation (schedules, prices, advantages, disadvantages of each means of transport, expressions related to transportation)
    • Make plans for the weekend (budget, places to visit, accessing those places, itineraries)
    • Describe and comment on the food of the main gastronomic zones of the country (expressions related to food)
    • Tell anecdotes
    • Give orders, recommendations or advice
    • Develop the linguistic capacity to repeat dialogues, tongue twisters and sequences
    • Argue topics related to Costa Rican culture
    • Describe characters, historical events of Costa Rica
    • Interview native Spanish speakers and share the results of the interview

    Course content:
    1. Las expresiones idiomáticas relacionadas con cada tema por tratar.
    2. La narración de anécdotas, cuentos y leyendas.
    3. La descripción de la comida, personajes y acontecimientos históricos de Costa Rica.
    4. Las comparaciones entre rasgos de la cultura costarricense y rasgos de la cultura de los estudiantes.
    5. Las opiniones sobre la cultura costarricense.
    6. El planeamiento de viajes.
    7. Las dramatizaciones de situaciones que se dan dentro de la cultura meta.
    8. Las entrevistas a personas nativas de la cultura meta.

    Orientaciones metodológicas:
    El marco metodológico base del curso es el enfoque comunicativo, en el cual la transmisión del contenido es
    Mediante la selección de materiales elaborados para un objetivo didáctico específico y la puesta en práctica
    de actividades variadas y participativas, como dramatizaciones, entrevistas, visitas, narraciones, debates,
    concursos; se ofrece la oportunidad al estudiante de desarrollar su competencia comunicativa en español
    como segunda lengua inmersa en la cultura costarricense.

    Estrategias de Aprendizaje: (pendiente)
    Participación en clase 15%
    Presentaciones orales (3) 45%
    Reporte de entrevistas 15%
    Dramatizaciones 10%
    Debate 10%
    Asistencia 5%
    Total: 100%

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.

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


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