Conversational Spanish III – CSPA 103

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Conversational Spanish 101 and 102, with an increased focus on grammar and vocabulary supporting practical conversational skills. Intended for students whose first language is not Spanish but who have previous Spanish training and/or experience through CSPA 102.

Prerequisites

CSPA 102

Rationale

The ultimate goal of this course is to enable the student to communicate effectively in Spanish. Focus is on development of the four communicative skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing (in order of priority). Spanish is a widely spoken language from Latin America, Central America, Europe, and the United States. This study will open unique doors of opportunity in fields such as Christian service, education, international relations, scientific research, technology, and world commerce.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Converse in Spanish, applying and expanding practical vocabulary and syntax in order to communicate needs.
  2. Comprehend sentences and questions in Spanish through conversation, activities, and exercises.
  3. Communicate in Spanish using clear diction, good pronunciation, and suitable intonation.
  4. Communicate correctly in writing using expanded vocabulary and grammatical concepts.
  5. Analyze basic Latin American culture in Spanish.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Discussion Board Forums 1 and 2 will require video posts using Youtube. Discussion Board Forum 2 will be completed in 2 parts, a thread and replies.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone: The student will complete all of the lessons in Level 4, Units 14–16 and Level 5, Units 17–20 in Level 5. The units will assess speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills introduced in the unit. Your Rosetta Stone Unit Grade will be composed of the 1) RS Grade (75%) and 2) Unit Participation grade (25%).

1) Your RS grade (75%) will be calculated as an average score of the Lesson 1 Core Lesson, Lesson 2 Core Lesson, Lesson 3 Core Lesson, Lesson 4 Core Lesson, Lesson 5 Milestone.

2) The Rosetta Stone participation grade (25%) will be an assessment of the additional activities within each unit. If you have completed nothing else but the core lessons and milestone in the unit, the participation grade will be 0%. If you have completed half of the additional unit activities it will be 50%, and if you have completed all of the other activities in the unit the grade will be 100%.

Oral Assessment

The student will complete the Oral Assessment on a topic assigned by the instructor.

Rosetta Stone Live Tutoring Summary Reflections (2)

The student will complete 2 Live Tutoring Sessions within the Rosetta Stone program. Once the session has been completed, the student will complete the Rosetta Stone Live Tutoring Summary/Reflection assignment which must include a summary of the session, a reflection on his/her personal speaking abilities, and a plan for improvement.

Tests (2)

You will complete 2 tests in the course: a midterm and a final. They will address certain learned vocabulary and/or grammatical concepts. Specifically, the tests will assess reading and writing skills.

Final Exam

OPIc: The student will complete an oral assessment.

Written: The student will complete an exam consisting of 10 sentence translations.