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SPAN 001 - Elementary Spanish I

This course is for students who are native speakers of a language other than Spanish.  The purpose of this course is to develop and improve communication skills when listening, reading, speaking, and writing in Spanish. It follows a communicative information-based task approach, which springs from the idea that languages are best learned when real world information becomes the focus of students’ activities. Therefore, during the semester, you will exchange real-life information about yourself and your classmates.

SPAN 002 - Elementary Spanish II

This course is for students who are native speakers of a language other than Spanish.  The purpose of this course is to develop and improve communication skills when listening, reading, speaking, and writing in Spanish. It is based on a communicative approach with focus on form, which combines content- and task-based materials in a student-centered environment. Activities follow the sequence of structured-input activities, structured-output activities, and open-ended communicative tasks.

SPAN 003 - Intermediate Spanish

This course is for students who are native speakers of a language other than Spanish. The purpose of this course is to develop, increase, and improve communication skills based on activities of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course is based on a communicative information approach; supporting the idea that languages are best learned when real world information becomes the focus of students' activities, combining at the same time Linguistics systems (grammar and vocabulary) as well asSocio-pragmatic components (e.g. appropriate use of Spanish in context, etc.) in real-life situation tasks.

SPAN 100B - Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-Related Fields

The main goals of this course are to help students develop their beginning-level competence in using medical terminology in Spanish and to become familiar with cultural aspects pertinent to the health care of Latinos/Hispanics in the United States.

SPAN 131 - Ibero-American Civilization

Spanish 131 is based on a general education course on Ibero-American culture and civilization at Penn State University. The course is designed to expose students to the full range of Ibero-American history and diversity. Since we are covering centuries of history, many countries (including the United States), and thousands of other variables (linguistic, artistic, ethnic, religious, political, economic, geographic, biologic, etc.), this tour will of necessity be pretty rudimentary. Hopefully, though, you will find things that pique your interests and you will be motivated to continue your exploration of the vast cultural and geographic expanse that covers much of North America, all of South and Central America, and islands in the Caribbean.

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