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Spanish Course Descriptions

S A N T A M O N I C A   C O L L E G E   C A T A L O G   2 0 0 7 - 2 0 0 8

Additional hours to be arranged in the Modern Language Lab for Spanish 1 and 2.

SPAN 1, Elementary Spanish I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.

This course, using the Natural Approach, introduces the students to basic vocabulary and fundamental sentence structure in the present and preterit tenses. Basic aural and reading comprehension is developed and students hold simple conversations and write short compositions about present and past actions.

SPAN 2, Elementary Spanish II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: Spanish 1*.

This course is a continuation of Spanish 1. Using the Natural Approach, this course stresses basic vocabulary and fundamental sentence structure in the past and future indicative tenses and the subjunctive mood. The course develops basic aural and reading comprehension. Students hold simple conversations and write short compositions in the past and future. Students read simple texts and further study Spanish and Latin American culture.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to two years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 3, Intermediate Spanish I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: Spanish 2*.

This course reviews Spanish grammar, emphasizing idiomatic construction and expressions. Discussions and conversations are based on selected readings from contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to three years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 4, Intermediate Spanish II 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: Spanish 3*.

This course continues the review of Spanish grammar, idioms, and vocabulary in everyday use. The course is highlighted by intensive and extensive readings and discussions of essays, novels, plays, and poetry from Spanish and Spanish-American literature.

*The prerequisite for this course is comparable to four years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 8, Conversational Spanish (2,2) 2 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
• Prerequisite: Spanish 2.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire intermediate fluency in spoken Spanish with emphasis on natural, colloquial usage.

SPAN 9, The Civilization of Spain 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities)
• Prerequisite: Spanish 3.

This course traces the development of Spanish culture from prehistoric times to the present. It explores the geography, history, literature, music, art, and the customs of the major cultural and linguistic regions of Spain. The course will be taught in Spanish.

SPAN 11, Spanish for Native Speakers I 5 units

Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed for students who speak Spanish at home and who need to improve their vocabulary and knowledge of the grammar as well as improve their spelling and writing skills. Formal aspects of the language will be stressed including: spelling, punctuation, and accentuation. This course provides practice in composition. The course will be taught in Spanish.

Students may receive credit for either Spanish 1 or Spanish 11, but not both.

SPAN 20, Latin American Civilization 3 units

IGETC AREA 3B, 4 (Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences)
Advisory: Spanish 3 level skills.

This course introduces students to the development of Latin American culture from pre-Columbian times to the present. It will explore the history, literature, art, music, geography, archeology, culture, customs, and traditions of Spanish America. The course will be taught in Spanish.

SPAN 31A, Practical Spanish (3,3) 3 units

Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed for the student with no previous knowledge of Spanish and develops basic conversation skills in the present tense. It emphasizes the use of set-up phrases, idiomatic expressions, correct pronunciation, development of useful vocabulary and ability to communicate at a practical and basic level.

SPAN 31S, Practical Spanish 1 unit

Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.

This basic conversation course develops effective communication skills. It emphasizes the use of set-up phrases, idiomatic expressions, correct pronunciation and intonation, development of useful vocabulary, and ability to communicate without hesitation in a given situation. This course does not fulfill the language requirement.