World Language Curriculum

This is a first semester Spanish course for non-heritage speakers. It provides an introduction to the language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. This course emphasizes oral communication and vocabulary development in a cultural context.

This course continues to teach language acquisition in a cultural context through listening, speaking, reading and writing at the second semester level. It emphasizes oral communication in real-life settings by means of authentic, culturally sensitive materials.

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This is a second-year course (third semester) for non-heritage speakers of Spanish. It introduces more advanced vocabulary and grammatical principles through reading and listening to a variety of works. Students will learn to write well-developed paragraphs and short compositions. Students’ oral skills will be developed through listening-comprehension exercises, class discussions and oral presentations. Students will learn about the cultures of different Spanish-speaking countries.

This is a second-year course (fourth semester) for non-heritage speakers of Spanish. It introduces different registers of the language and more advanced grammatical structures through reading and listening to a variety of works. Students will be guided through the process of writing a well organized composition. Students’ oral skills will be developed through listening-comprehension exercises, guided class discussion and oral presentations. Students will learn about social, political and artistic aspects of Latin America and Spain.

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This is a Spanish course designed for native and heritage speakers of Spanish. Students will expand their vocabulary, review basic principles of grammar, and learn to distinguish between different oral and written registers of the language. The process of writing, at paragraph and composition level, will be practiced throughout the course. The reading of Spanish-speaking writers will be used to improve students’ reading and writing skills, critical thinking abilities and understanding of the diversity of Spanish-speaking societies. Students will also be exposed to the basic principles of literary analysis.

This is a course designed for native and heritage Spanish speakers. Students will expand their vocabulary, distinguish oral and written registers of the language, and learn advanced grammatical forms such as the perfect tenses of the indicative, the passive voice and conditional sentences. Students will work on the writing process and improve their reading skills and critical thinking abilities through the analysis and discussion of a variety of texts. Students will learn about different Spanish-speaking communities to promote cross-cultural understanding.

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Students with little or no prior knowledge of American Sign Language will be introduced to the natural language and culture of the American Deaf community. The course provides basic vocabulary and preparation for visual/gestural communication. Emphasis will be on comprehension skills and the fundamentals of ASL grammatical structures.

Building on the skills developed in the ASL R101 course, instruction will focus on ASL sentence types, time concepts, numbers, classifiers, giving directions, describing others, making requests, and discussing family and occupations. Additional information on Deaf culture and community will be presented.