2020 Spanish: Intermediate Course 4

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Watanabe Akira 
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Course description and aims

"Spanish: Intermediate Course 4'' is designed for students who have finished "Spanish: Intermediate Course 3'', or the students who are well equipped with the grammatical knowledge of the language (who understand all the tenses and moods). By the end of the quarter, students will be exposed to the oral and textual materials of the language so that they will be forced to understand those materials. Thus, they can expect to express themselves in more sophisticated and articulated phrases and sentences. You will learn how to read and write simple and not so simple texts in various tenses and moods, and will be ready to read some complicated texts or express themselves in more articulated ways.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will realize they are able to read texts using dictionaries or listen to songs or broadcast and capture some words. You will also be able understand some complicated texts with the help of dictionaries or express yourselves in more sophisticated ways.


Spanish grammar and vocabulary, Society and culture of the Spanish speaking countries

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The instructor will prepare materials for the class and students will try to grasp with those materials, either trying to listen to and understand the meaning of them, or to read them using dictionary and other references. Students are also encouraged to bring materials (in Spanish, of course, but perhaps some Spanglish or even Portuguese materials are also welcome!) that they are interested in. The instructor will check if they are instructive enough for the class and will use them in case he thinks they are.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Review of what we learnt in the past quarter, Reading newspapers in Spanish (introduction including the meaning of reading them, such as differences in perspective) To be announced in each class.
Class 2 Reading newspapers in Spanish 1 and 2 (using dictionaries) To be announced in each class.
Class 3 Reading newspapers in Spanish 3 and 4 (using dictionaries) To be announced in each class.
Class 4 Listening to Spanish on Youtube 1 and 2 (Messi’s goals 1 and 2) To be announced in each class.
Class 5 Listening to Spanish on Youtube 3 and 4 (Cooking programs 1 and 2) To be announced in each class.
Class 6 Movies in Spanish 1 and 2 To be announced in each class.
Class 7 Movies in Spanish 3, Presentation by the students (preferably in Spanish) To be announced in each class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Course materials will be provided in class. Textbooks for "Spanish: Basic Course 1-4 '' and "Spanish: Intermediate Course 1-2'' by Tello Maroto and Ninomiya are useful for students. Books by Ueda and Nishimura (see the Japanese version for more information) are highly recommended to enhance your grammatical knowledge.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

From time to time the instructor will refer to books and other materials useful for students.

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation (40%), Presentation and comment sheets (40%), final essay (20%)

Related courses

  • LAL.S202 : Spanish: Basic Course 2
  • LAL.S203 : Spanish: Basic Course 3
  • LAL.S204 : Spanish: Basic Course 4
  • LAL.S331 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 1
  • LAL.S332 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 2
  • LAL.S333 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 3
  • LAL.S341 : Spanish: Advanced Course 1
  • LAL.S342 : Spanish: Advanced Course 2
  • LAL.S343 : Spanish: Advanced Course 3
  • LAL.S344 : Spanish: Advanced Course 4

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed "Spanish: Basic Course 4 '' or have an equivalent competence in Spanish language. Of course, it is preferable that students have successfully completed "Spanish: Intermediate Course 1 and 2'', but it is not obligatory that they have.

Office hours

Not yet determined, but most probably, lunch break (12:30-13:30) on Tuesdays. Will be announced at the 1st class meeting.

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