Intermediate Spanish

Western Texas College


  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description—Intermediate Spanish covers more advanced Spanish grammar, conversation, and culture through reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    2. Prerequisites—The prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish are Beginning Spanish  1411/1412 or equivalent, and SPA 2311.
  2. Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 
    1. Summarize authentic spoken discourse produced by Spanish speakers of diverse origins.
    2. Produce Spanish comprehensible to native speakers using complex grammatical structures to communicate analytical and interpretive information in both impromptu and prepared  speech. 
    3. Demonstrate increasing comprehension of authentic written texts in a variety of genres.
    4. Write evaluations and critiques at a high intermediate level using complex grammatical   structures. 
    5. Formulate cohesive paragraphs and essays. 
    6. Interpret cultural practices and products of the Spanish speaking world drawing on  authentic materials including literature and the visual arts.
  3. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Produce and interpret oral and written Spanish at approximately an Intermediate High level, as defined by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
    2. Compare and contrast the cultures of the societies associated with the Spanish language with that of the student.
    3. Communicate in Spanish in the situations described in the chapter objectives.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Quizzes:  Students will complete objective quizzes covering each of the six chapters.
    2. Discussion: Students will post in the forum area for each topic given.   There will be regular discussion boards as well as voice boards.
    3. Participation: Students are required to log in and check for messages or forum posts a minimum of every three days.
    4. Journals: Students will submit a journal in English approximately every two weeks.
    5. Practice: Students will have online practice on the En Linea site and other relevant web sites.
    6. Projects: Students will have relevant miniprojects due throughout the semester, as well as a final cultural project.
  5. Testing Requirements
    1. Students are allowed to use their book and notes while testing. All chapter exams are online and do not have to beproctored.
    2. The final exam must be proctored. The student has the option of taking  the exam on-campus at Western Texas College or choosing a testing center. If a testing center is chosen, the student will be responsible for any fees incurred.
  6. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Textbook: Enfoques, Blanco, 2nd edition  ISBN# 9781600071935  published by Vista Higher Learning Computer: Student will need a computer with microphone and webcam or video recorder that can be uploaded. 
  7. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental policy regarding late/make up work
  8. Course Organization and Schedule**

Week 1

Introduction & Orientation

Weeks 2/3

Chapter Seven: practice, exam
            The present perfect
            Past perfect
            Diminutives and augmentatives
            Astronomy and the universe
            Scientific professions
            Science and inventions

Weeks 4/5

Chapter Eight: practice, exam
              Conditional tense
            Past subjunctive
            Si clauses with simple tenses
            Work & people at work
            Finances and the Economy

Weeks 6/7

Chapter Nine: practice, exam
              Present perfect subjunctive
            Relative pronouns
            Neuter lo       
            Television, radio and the movies
            Popular culture
            Means of Communication   
            The press

Weeks 8/9

Chapter Ten: practice, exam
              Future perfect
            Conditional perfect
            Past perfect subjunctive
            Literature & literary genres
            Art, Artists, and Artistic Trends

Weeks 10/11

Chapter Eleven: practice, exam
            The passive voice
            Uses of se
            Prepositions: de, desde, en, entre, hasta, sin
            Religions and religious beliefs
            Politics and public offices                                                                

Week  12/13

Chapter Twelve: practice, exam
            Civilization and History
            Concepts and characteristics
            The conquest and independence movements      
            Uses of the infinitive
            Summary of the indicative
            Summary of the subjunctive

Week 14


Week 15

Cultural Project due

Week 16

Final Exam




Last Modified: August 19, 2015