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DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND CULTURES HISPANIC STUDIES Course: Intermediate Spanish HISP220 Section: 1 Session: Academic year 2011-2012 (September to April) Schedule: MWF 10:35-11:25 Instructor: Lucia Chamanadjian Office Hours: Office Location: 688 Sherbrooke St. W. Room 373 Telephone : 398-5779 E-mail: [email protected] CONTENT This course provides students who already possess a knowledge of basic grammatical structures with more advanced training in the uses of the Spanish language. The primary emphasis is on effective oral and written expression, so as to allow students who have completed this course to communicate their ideas and opinions with clarity in a variety of academic and social settings. The readings, which range from literature to newspaper articles on varied topics, are designed to familiarize the students with the language in order to provide examples of authentic contemporary usage as well as its culture. Classes are conducted in Spanish. PREREQUISITES Upon beginning this course you should: Oral Comprehension: Understand basic Spanish spoken at normal speed. Oral Production: Be able to talk about common subjects dealing with everyday life. Reading Comprehension: Be able to read short texts related to daily topics. Written Production: Be able to write about everyday events with a certain degree of clarity and organization. Grammar Knowledge: Have a good solid base of the verb forms in the indicative (present, imperfect and preterite), the present and past subjunctive, the future and the formal command. As well, master the gender and number forms. Pasajes. Lengua. 7 th edition . (textbook and lab/exercise manual). Pasajes has an online learning center where you can find quizzes, the audio program, and useful resources: http://www.mhhe.com/pasajes7 A good Spanish-English or Spanish-French dictionary is a must. Additional readings on my Courses. OBJECTIVES Practice written expression: Write two-page compositions and short paragraphs by using a more precise and varied vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary usage. Practice oral expression (listening and conversational skills): Express likes and dislikes, describe people and places, narrate past events, express wishes and desires, give directions, and make suggestions, requests and hypotheses. Express and defend opinions. Understand the main ideas of connected discourse on a
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variety of topics. Reading comprehension: Understand authentic documents such as newspaper articles, poems, essays and short stories. Grammar: Review grammar concepts and incorporate new structures. Control the verb and pronoun systems. Follow sequence of tenses. Master the rules of gender, number and agreement. Learn cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries via readings, shorts, music and films.
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