Reading and Writing for Communication (LSPA 300) is a core course for the Spanish major and minor and a prerequisite for all upper-division courses. The purpose of this course is to develop reading and writing proficiency through a thematic approach that focuses on communicative goals and utilizes tasked-based activities and assessments. Students will analyze contemporary texts that have been selected to promote personal reflection, cultural awareness, language acquisition, and analytical skills.
At the end of the semester students will be able to:
- Exchange information on familiar and global topics in all major tenses.
- Formulate complex questions about familiar and global topics.
- Present information on familiar and global topics using high-frequency words, memorized words, and paragraphs.
- Extract the main ideas of texts of several pages related to everyday life and global topics.
- Make inferences and identify connotative meanings in texts.
- Synthesize, analyze, and present information in academic writing styles with thesis statements, topic sentences, and source citing.
- Critically analyze, compare, and contrast everyday cultural practices, perspectives, and products in the Spanish-speaking world.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
This course is also available as a credit option. See the LSPA 300 course page if you are obtaining an undergraduate degree and need the credits.