Curriculum Guideline

Spanish Language and Composition

Effective Date:
Course Code
MODL 2351
Spanish Language and Composition
Modern Languages
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Seminar: 4 hrs/week Lab: 1 hr/week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Methods of instruction will include, but are not limited to the following:  small group practice of syntactic and lexical structures, discussion of readings, debates, listening comprehension (CDs, films, video), discussion and correction of written works and oral presentations.

Conversation practice in small groups with a Native Language Assistant.

Course Description
This course is designed for students who have completed Spanish 12 (B Grade) or MODL 2252. It builds on previously acquired skills, and provides an understanding of Spanish speaking cultures. Only Spanish is spoken in class.
Course Content

Systematic in-depth study of:

  1. Syntactic structures
  2. Lexicon
  3. Stylistics
  4. Culture through the work Spanish and Latin American writers and filmmakers
Learning Outcomes

Successful students will  demonstrate proficiency in Spanish at the intermediate level in:

  1. Aural comprehension of authentic language situations.
  2. Reading comprehension of simple written material.
  3. Speech delivery: supporting opinion, defending a point of view, and making hypothesis.
  4. Written expression: expository writing.
  5. Understanding and appreciating differences and similarities in cultures as expressed in the works of Spanish and Latin American writers and filmmakers.
Means of Assessment

The evaluation system includes continuous testing to assess mastery at each step and a comprehensive final exam to assess proficiency at the end of the course.

Evaluation will be based on this general outline:

Oral Work (presentation and participation in discussions) 20%
Written Work (compositions and chapter tests) 40%
Attendance, Participation and Preparation 10%
Oral Final Exam (interview on reading material) 10%
Written Final Exam 20%
Textbook Materials
  • Jarvis, Lebredo and Mena-Ayllon. ¡Continuemos! Intermediate Spanish. Houghtlon Mifflin
  • Jarvis, Lebredo and Mena-Ayllon. Aventuras Literarias. Houghtlon Mifflin

MODL 2252 or Spanish 12 (B grade) or Assessment