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.
This course requires proctored exams. Details will be provided in the course syllabus.
This course can be applied toward:
LSPA 201 (Second Year Spanish II) or LSPA 230 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers).
This course is also available as a noncredit option. See the LGBB 2010 course page if you want the content, but don't need the college credits.
Textbooks and Materials
No textbooks are required. All materials will be available through Canvas.