SPAN& 221 Spanish IV • 5 Cr.


Reviews first-year grammar concepts and expands on vocabulary acquisition. Students practice integrating the four major language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and further develop their cultural competency by working on authentic material from the Spanish-speaking world. Oral communication is emphasized. Format includes extensive audio and Internet usage. Recommended: SPAN&123 or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Increase skill--more complexity and sophistication is expected by the end of each class level.
  • Comprehend the target language spoken at average or rapid speeds by native and non-native speakers, which may include some idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
  • Communicate effectively in informal, open-ended situations, with appropriate grammar, using more complex sentence structures, idioms and vocabulary with clear pronunciation and intonation.
  • Express thoughts and ideas in writing in an organized manner through short compositions, using proper syntax, a variety of sentence structures, correct modes and tenses, with increased, complexity of expression, originality of ideas, use of idioms and precision in spelling and punctuation.
  • Effectively use reading strategies (cognates, prior knowledge, visuals, etc) to comprehend authentic written material of various kinds: describing, and summarizing content, discerning main idea, identifying author's tone, audience, and message.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences among French-speaking cultures, demonstrating increased sensitivity and appreciation of these cultures' histories, customs, ideas, and values as compared to the student's own.
  • This awareness is demonstrated by students bringing outside experiences and research back to the class room for verbal and written discussion.