College of Arts and Letters
Department of Modern Languages
Spanish Immersion Program: SPA 121, 122, 221, 222
Spring of 2011
Credits: 16 hours
: Daniel R. Serpas
: (928) 523-7633
M-Th-08:30 – 01:45
F: 08:30 ~ 11:00
or by appointment.
I. Course Description:
The Spanish Immersion Program (SIP) is designed to give the
student a proficiency in Spanish that will satisfy routine social demands and limited work
requirements. The student’s background,
aptitude, and application
will determine the
level of language proficiency acquired.
The Spanish Immersion Program will take the student from the equivalent of
Spanish 101 through Spanish 202. At the end of the first three weeks, the student will be
able to understand the main idea of some of the supporting details of spoken Spanish in
the present and past tenses, will be able to read simple, edited written material, write
short compositions, understand some cultural traits and be able to initiate and respond
verbally to communicative tasks and social situations. By the end of the session the
student will be able to initiate, sustain and close a general conversation, create narratives
and descriptions, read and critically analyze and evaluate texts with predictable discourse
structure, and be able to comprehend conversational discourse as well as the main idea
and salient supporting details of extended listening passages.
The student will be able to have a greater understanding of the culture as reading
cultural material is incorporated into the course on a daily basis, (1/2 and hour a day) the
students discuss the differences and compare these to their own culture.
The student has a journal and writes about given topics. The journal is handed in
every Friday. 150-250 minimum word compositions are written, depending on the level,
and then handed back for corrections.
For better results in this class, the student has the responsibility, and will be
expected by the instructor, to speak and practice the target language (Spanish)
amongst the fellow students and instructors, at all times during the allocated time
Attitude, discipline and dedication are three major factors of language
acquisition (willingness to understand and accept the culture; working hard in the
regular basis; speaking Spanish and all times).
This course supports the
Mission of the Liberal Studies Program
because it prepares
century students to live responsible, productive, and creative lives as citizens of a
dramatically changing world. This course supports the efforts of this institution to
develop citizens that can interact with people from all over the world. This course helps