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This course introduces students to the Spanish language so that they can develop proficiency on a basic level. Language learning in this course will focus on understanding and learning to speak simple phrases, learning limited vocabulary and very basic grammatical structures. The course does not overlap with Spanish 1. All language skills will be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be required to practice weekly speaking and listening skills in real time over the Internet with the instructor and/or teaching assistants. Students should be available for 30 minutes for oral practices scheduled between 7:30-9:00 PM EST at least once a week. Special accommodations will be made for army students. This course also introduces students to the Spanish-speaking cultures of Spain, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Students will learn similarities and differences in values, attitudes and actions as they investigate different cultures through a wide variety of resources (e.g., online resources, texts, videos). Students will also investigate specific topics related to cultural experiences (e.g., ecotourism in Costa Rica, indigenous cultures in Guatemala). Students who do have advanced knowledge of Spanish cannot take this course.
Note: this course will use voice-chat activities over the Internet. Students taking this course will need to make sure they have access to a computer that meets the minimum technological requirements which are outlined at the links below. Before enrolling, students should know how to successfully use or have tested the web conferencing service on their computer. See the links below for more information about hardware requirements, testing and using the web conferencing software:
Mac Users: Elluminate supports Macintosh OS X and higher. If your Mac is running OS 9 or lower, you will need to notify your instructor immediately at the start of the term to make arrangements regarding Elluminate.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: Foreign Language-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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