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SPAN 101
Conversational Spanish, Elementary
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a first semester introduction to the Spanish language. It is designed for beginning students with little or no previous exposure to the language. It is characterized by an emerging ability to understand and produce appropriate responses in high frequency situations utilizing learned materials. Speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a sympathetic listener. Verbal and written expression is limited to short, culturally appropriate communication. Students will acquire a knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. This class consists of two hours lecture and one hour of laboratory work conducted in the classroom each week and two hours of laboratory work conducted in the Language Laboratory each week.
SPAN 102
Conversational Spanish, Elementary
3 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 101 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is second semester Elementary Spanish. It is designed for students who have completed SPAN 101 or two years of high school Spanish. It provides refinement of skills begun in SPAN 101. Students will gain increased accuracy and ability to understand and produce appropriate responses in high frequency situations utilizing learned materials. Speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a sympathetic listener. Verbal and written expression will be limited to short, culturally appropriate communication on a broader scale than at the SPAN 101 level. Students will acquire a knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contribution to North American and world cultures. This class consists of two hours lecture and one hour of laboratory work conducted in the classroom each week and two hours of laboratory work conducted in the Language Laboratory each week.
SPAN 299
Experimental Offering in Spanish
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
SPAN 311
Conversational Spanish, Intermediate
2 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 401 with a grade of "C" or better; or two years of high school Spanish
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is a conversational course designed for students who have completed SPAN 102 or two years of high school Spanish. Refining skills obtained in previous coursework, students will continue to build their communication skills including listening, reading and speech. Students will develop the ability to respond in an unrehearsed manner on concrete topics in known situations. Students will be exposed to the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and to Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. This course will consist of one hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory work conducted in the classroom each week and one hour of laboratory work conducted in the Language Laboratory each week.
SPAN 312
Conversational Spanish, Intermediate
2 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 311 or 402 with a grade of "C" or better; or three years of high school Spanish
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is second semester Intermediate Spanish. This is a conversation course designed for students who have completed SPAN 311 or SPAN 402 or three years of high school Spanish. Continuing to refine skills obtained in previous coursework, students will continue to build their communication skills including listening, reading and speech. Students will develop the ability to respond in an unrehearsed manner on concrete topics in known situations. Students will be exposed to the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and to Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. This course will consist of one hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory work conducted in the classroom and one hour of laboratory work conducted in the Language Laboratory each week.
SPAN 401
Elementary Spanish
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is the first semester introduction to the Spanish language. It is designed for beginning students with little or no previous exposure to the language. It is characterized by an emerging ability to understand and produce appropriate responses in high frequency situations utilizing learned materials. Speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a sympathetic listener. Verbal and written expression is limited to short, culturally appropriate communication. Students will acquire a knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. (C-ID SPAN 100)
SPAN 402
Elementary Spanish
4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 401 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is second semester Elementary Spanish. It is designed for students who have completed SPAN 401 or two years of high school Spanish. It provides refinement of skills begun in SPAN 401. Students will gain increased accuracy and ability to understand and produce appropriate responses in high-frequency situations utilizing learned materials. Speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a sympathetic listener. Verbal and written expression will be limited to short, culturally appropriate communication on a broader scale than at the SPAN 401 level. Students will acquire a knowledge of the geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contribution to North American and world cultures. (C-ID SPAN 110)
SPAN 411
Intermediate Spanish
4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 402 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is first semester Intermediate Spanish. It is designed for students who have completed SPAN 402 or three years of high school Spanish. It provides refinement of skills attained in SPAN 402. Students will work toward the ability to create with the language without relying on learned responses, to understand main ideas in routine speech and to understand main ideas in written texts. Listening and reading comprehension continue to develop; speaking and writing will be comprehensible to a somewhat sympathetic native speaker. Students will develop the ability to respond in an unrehearsed manner on concrete topics in known situations. Written expression will meet limited personal needs and culturally appropriate language at a higher level of accuracy than found in SPAN 402. The student will continue acquisition of knowledge of geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. (C-ID SPAN 200)
SPAN 412
Intermediate Spanish
4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 411 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is second semester Intermediate Spanish. It is designed for students who have completed SPAN 411 or four years of high school Spanish. It provides continued development of skills attained in SPAN 411. The focus will be the development of written narratives and expository prose combined with increased cultural awareness. Emphasis will be on culturally authentic reading and writing through the introduction of basic literary analysis. Students will develop the ability to handle complicated situations using past and future time frames. Students will continue acquisition of knowledge of geography, culture and people of regions where Spanish is spoken and of Spanish-speakers' contributions to North American and world cultures. (C-ID SPAN 210)
SPAN 413
Spanish for Native Speakers I
4 Units
Prerequisite: Spanish native speaker proficiency or the equivalent intermediate level as assessed by the instructor.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B; IGETC Area 6
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This course offers the fundamentals of spoken and written Spanish for the native speaker of Spanish. It covers the structure of the language, oral communication, fundamentals of grammar and composition. Focus is placed primarily in the indicative tenses. The course also covers diacritical marks, like the accent mark, and their uses. In addition, the course introduces the student to the geography and culture of the Spanish speaking world. This course is conducted in Spanish. (C-ID SPAN 220)
SPAN 415
Spanish for Native Speakers II
4 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 413 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This course is a continuation of Spanish 413. It offers the fundamentals of spoken and written Spanish for the native speaker of Spanish. It covers the structure of the language, oral communication, fundamentals of grammar and composition. Focus is placed primarily on the conditional and subjunctive forms, the future tense, and the compound tenses. The course also covers diacritical marks, like the accent mark, and their uses. In addition, the course introduces the student to the geography and culture of the Spanish speaking world. This course is conducted in Spanish. (C-ID SPAN 230)
SPAN 423
Contrastive Grammar of English-Spanish I
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 412 or 413 with a grade of "C" or better; or Spanish native speaker proficiency or equivalent advanced intermediate level as assessed by the instructor.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course presents part one of the essential elements of Spanish grammar side by side with their grammatical equivalent in English. It allows native Spanish-speakers and advanced Spanish learners to compare and contrast the grammars of both languages at a glance. It focuses upon the development of analytical abilities by presenting the interlingual differences between Spanish and English in a simple and direct way. Students will be provided with numerous exercises, through which the nature of such differences can be readily perceived and acted upon. This course will begin with an overview of grammatical terminology and sentence structure in both languages.
SPAN 424
Contrastive Grammar of English-Spanish II
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 423 with a grade of "C" or better; or Spanish native speaker proficiency or equivalent advanced intermediate level as assessed by the instructor.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course presents part two of the essential elements of Spanish grammar side by side with their grammatical equivalent in English. It allows native Spanish-speakers and advanced Spanish learners to compare and contrast the grammars of both languages at a glance. It focuses upon the development of analytical abilities by presenting the interlingual differences between Spanish and English in a simple and direct way. Students will be provided with numerous exercises, through which the nature of such differences can be readily perceived and acted upon.
SPAN 425
Advanced Reading and Conversation
3 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 412 or 415 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This class focuses on building advanced reading and conversational skills in Spanish. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills and academic writing proficiency through a functional grammar approach. Readings and activities provide the appropriate vocabulary, linguistic structures, and writing strategies to allow for building on vocabulary, grammar review, and meaningful dialogue.
SPAN 426
Introduction to Mexican American Literature
3 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 412 or 415 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introductory survey to the four genres of Mexican-American literature: Poetry, Narrative, Theatre, and the Essay, and the culture which produced it. Emphasis will be given to 20th century writers and works. This course is conducted in English and Spanish.
SPAN 427
Introduction to Spanish American Literature
3 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 412 or 415 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introductory survey to the four genres of Spanish-American literature: Poetry, Narrative, Theatre, and the Essay, and the culture which produced it. Post-independence writers and their works will be emphasized. This course is conducted in Spanish.
SPAN 434
Spanish for the Professions - Intermediate
3 Units
Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or 402 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is an intermediate course designed for persons in law enforcement, business and finance, social services and the medical professions. The emphasis of the course is on acquiring verbal facility in interviewing, collecting data, giving instructions and general courtesies. The course will help students acquire language proficiency while reviewing and broadening the grammar foundation attained in elementary Spanish. It will introduce specific vocabulary necessary for professionals to communicate successfully in a professional situation. Cultural and behavioral attitudes appropriate for relating to persons of Hispanic heritage will be suggested.
SPAN 495
Independent Studies in Spanish
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
SPAN 499
Experimental Offering in Spanish
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB