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Unformatted text preview: Department of Foreign Languages United States Military Academy LS 361/362 Intermediate Spanish Sequence Course Syllabus LS361/362 Intermediate Spanish 3.0 Credit Hours Prerequisite: LS204 or Advanced Placement Scope: In the intermediate course sequence, cadets acquire those skills necessary for communicating effectively in the target language and for pursuing advanced-level courses. Cadets develop speaking skills that enable them to engage in conversations on a variety of topics with other class members and with native speakers who are used to dealing with language learners. They learn to comprehend the spoken language well enough to grasp the main ideas and some details on familiar topics. Reading proficiency is enhanced by reading brief, authentic texts and responding to them orally. Writing skills are developed by writing short paragraphs or compositions. Through a variety of learning activities, cadets gain a general understanding of the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world. Cadets develop a grasp of the basic rules of Spanish grammar and the ability to use them consciously in formal settings, such as giving oral presentations, and the capability to apply that knowledge when learning other foreign languages. In addition, cadets gain a greater command of basic vocabulary. Goal: The LS361/LS362 course sequence has two goals: (1) to enable all cadets to continue acquiring and developing the skills necessary for communication in the language, and (2) to prepare cadets for advanced elective courses. Specific Objectives: By the end of the second-year Spanish, cadets will be able to do the following: speak the language well enough to have conversations on a variety of topics with class members; engage in basic conversations on specific topics with native speakers of Spanish who are used to dealing with language learners; comprehend the spoken language well enough to grasp the main idea and some detail from class lectures, authentic interactive multimedia exercises, and video material, such as news broadcasts and films; read short texts and respond to them orally; write several short paragraphs or a brief composition on a variety of topics; have a general understanding of the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world and the underlying similarities and differences between that culture and their own; have a general understanding of the history of the Spanish-speaking world; understand the basic rules of Spanish grammar and use them consciously in formal settings, such as, writing short paragraphs and compositions or giving oral presentations; be able to apply that knowledge when learning other languages; command basic vocabulary. Detailed Course Description: The intermediate course sequence is designed to further develop cadets' abilities in speaking, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing in Spanish. In LS361/362, cadets communicate by combining and recycling familiar elements and then proceed to...
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- Spring '06