Spanish Learning Outcomes
- Oral communications: Communicate orally in Spanish in real-life situations at the ACTFL advanced high proficiency level. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the comprehension of oral messages; demonstrate proficiency in oral expression in Spanish including presentation to an audience of listeners on a variety of topics study (i.e., linguistics, literature, culture), including the ability to develop and articulate positions in Spanish; understand someone else speaking about a discipline-related topic and be able to engage that person in discussion; evaluate the use of language to convey meaning, to inform, and to persuade.
- Written communications: Communicate in writing in Spanish at the ACTFL advanced high proficiency level with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of writing. Students will write clear and coherent essays in Spanish on various topics related to everyday situations and work; exhibit research skills for producing papers including familiarity with library resources such as online databases and catalogs, the ability to gather and synthesize information, the ability to properly quote, paraphrase and summarize other texts, and familiarity with basic documentation formats.
- Literary and linguistic knowledge: Read critically, interpret analytically, and write coherently about literatures produced in Spanish and demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of the Spanish language. Students will analyze and interpret a variety of literary and cultural texts; write clear and coherent essays in Spanish on literary topics; interpret the use of rhetorical and literary techniques; demonstrate a broad and deep knowledge of literary and cultural traditions: major movements, genres, writers and works of the Spanish-speaking world; apply critical thinking skills as they read texts; identify and explain distinctive linguistic features of Spanish; identify and analyze some distinctive stylistic and dialectal features of Spanish; synthesize selected scholarly work in Spanish linguistics and Spanish Applied Linguistics; apply Spanish linguistics theory to textual analysis.
- Cultural knowledge: Demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the cultural values of Spanish-speaking peoples. Student will be able to identify significant individuals, key eras, and major historical events and developments within Spanish speaking-nations and cultures; describe and compare political, religious, social, economic and educational systems and institutions in Spanish-speaking nations and cultures; discuss how the major physical and geographical features of Spanish-speaking countries have shaped their development and evolution of their cultures; analyze social, ethnic and linguistic diversity in the Spanish-speaking world; compare and contrast the differences and similarities between US and the Spanish speaking cultures; draw connections with other disciplines; acquire information about other disciplines using the Spanish language; participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world by: (i) enrolling in a service learning course, (ii) engaging virtually though readings, videos, online activities, or (iii) participating in a study abroad program.