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FLS-141: Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish I is a course designed mainly to expose students to the language and culture of Hispanic countries in ways that will provide meaningful life-learning experiences. This course will cover subjects of daily common situations, such as: authentic forms of greeting people, family relations, ways of communicating with people at school and in the work place, different manners to describe and talk about friends, and in general, diverse venues to communicate with people expressing present, past and future experiences. The vocabulary used in this course is non-specialized, containing every day words as well as frequently used expressions. This course emphasizes the cultural context surrounding these words and the situations for a complete understanding by the students. The class will focus in five major areas: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing and culture to train the students to communicate thoroughly with others. Time spent in class will generally include activities aimed at the practice of all five areas. Special emphasis will be placed on an increased understanding of Hispanic countries and people as well as comparisons of US and Hispanic cultures. All classes will be conducted in Spanish. Credits: 4, Prereq: none.

FLS-142: Elementary Spanish II
Elementary Spanish II is a course designed for those students who have completed Elementary Spanish I or its equivalent. In this class, students will continue to develop their ability to communicate in Spanish in everyday, practical situations that they might encounter both in the US and abroad. Along with the development of oral skills, students will also work on the other vital components of language: reading, writing and listening comprehension; culture and the usage of the language in the community. In the classroom students will actively engage themselves in pair/group activities to express in meaningful context s (i.e., applying important grammatical concepts, essential vocabulary, and cultural norms needed to maintain basic communication). Cultural facts from Hispanic, Spanish, and Latin American cultures will be presented. The purpose of these activities is to develop awareness and understanding of the culture and the people who speak the language that the student is learning. All classes will be conducted in Spanish. Credits: 4, Prereq: FLS-141.

FLS-241: Intermediate Spanish I
This course, conducted entirely in Spanish, offers intensive training on listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a methodic study of cultural background. It provides for practice of language use beyond the controlled situations of the elementary courses. The reading material includes literary pieces and articles written in different styles on a wide variety of subjects. Cultural concepts contained in the readings and the viewing materials constitute an important part of the course material. Credits: 4, Prereq: FLS 142.

FLS-242: Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish II is a course designed for students that have already completed Elementary Spanish I-II and Intermediate I at Kirkwood or their equivalent. In this class, students will continue developing their ability to communicate in Spanish in everyday, practical situations that they might encounter both in the US and abroad. Along with the development of oral skills, students will also work on the other 3 vital components of language: reading, writing and listening comprehension. Students will actively engage themselves in pair/group activities to express themselves in basic situations. Classroom time will be used for intensive language practice in meaningful contexts (i.e., applying important grammatical concepts, essential vocabulary, and cultural norms needed to maintain basic communication). Class time will consist of communication activities and grammatical explanations. Students are expected to study and complete the exercises in the workbook outside of class, in addition to unfinished activities in your textbook. The class will be conducted in Spanish and students should attempt to use Spanish as much as possible. Information about Hispanic and Latino cultures will be presented. The purpose of these activities is to develop awareness and understanding of the culture and the people who speak the language that the student is learning. Credits: 4, Prereq: FLS-241.