SP294 Interm Spanish Conversation

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SP 294 Interm Spanish Conversation


FA 2009 HO


Richards, Judith C.


Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages


BA Pomona College
MA University of Wisconsin
PhD University of Kansas

Office Location

Copley 215, Parkville Campus

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

August 17-December 8

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 3:40 PM



Credit Hours



  • Revista.  Conversación sin barreras   3rd Edition

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Course Description:
SP294 Intermediate Spanish Conversation: The course consists of a variety of sources and topics for the improvement of oral language skills. Forums for conversation include individual presentations, pair presentations and groups discussion in Spanish based on readings, individual research, movies, plays and excursions. This course includes a review of advanced grammar concepts. Prerequisite: SP202 or equivalent, four years of high school Spanish or instructors' permission. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My goal is to create an environment in which students engage each other in discussions of course materials, internet sites, films, and historical issues pertinent to our study; to pose and debate issues raised by our work; and to encourage students to build on new knowledge according to their own experiences and goals

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and skill in using grammar including all verb tenses, adjectives and pronouns.
  2. Acquire an enhanced passive and active vocabulary class presentations, readings, and visitors.
  3. *Core Project: Interview and invite to class a heritage speaker of Spanish to be interviewed by class; write a summary of the visit and student discussion.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Final Exam, presentations, projects, conversations

Preparation and Participation                   40%
Conversation Activities                            40%
Core Project: Final Exam                         20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material may result in a grade reduction,
unless permission for extra time was granted by the instructor in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This is a conversation course, which means that listening to others will result in better speaking skills for all students
in the class.  Rude or disruptive behaviors are cause from dismissal from class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
8.18    Unidad 1   REALIDAD O FANTASIA?   
                             pág 10 ser/estar;  haber

8.20    “La Clonación” 16-18; 19 1-3 ejercicios

8.25   Borges Cuento 23-25; 26 #2 Describa una situación   
         “fantástica” que ha experimentado

           Cortometraje 34; gramática 40

9.1    Cuento 47-50 Alberto Chimal (Grupo 1)
         Obra de teatro 51-55 Marco Deneví 

9.3   Ricardo Reyes “Yo le diría” 56-57 tira cómica; Tertulia 59
        innato o adquirido?

9.8   Lección 4 PROHIBIDO PENSAR
       Cortometraje “Nada que perder” 62-67;  ejercicios
       Estructura: preposiciones 68-69

 9.10  Clase dirigida por dos estudiantes
9.15   Clase dirigida por dos estudiantes

9.17    Lección 5  PODER, QUIERO MAS PODER
          Cortometraje "El ojo en la nuca" 92; 98 repaso del modo subjuntivo
          en las cláusulas subordinadas e impersonales

9.22  Experiencias – Juan Gelman  - Escriba Ud a una persona
         con que no ha tenido contacto por muchos años – incluso porque el
         individuo está muerta.

9.24  Experiences: Poeta Octavio Paz
         Clase dirigida por dos estudiantes

9.29   Tetulia 117

10.1   Practica para el examen parcial

10. 6  Examen sobre vocabulario y gramática

10.8    Comemos en un restorán hispana

FALL BREAK   10.12-10.16  

10.20  Lección 6 POR AMOR AL ARTE
           Conteste preguntas 118; Cortometraje “Dime lo que 
           sientes”; 126 Estructuras subjuntivo en las cláusulas
           subordinadas adjetivas y adverbiales

10.22    Opinion: escritor Mex Urtizberea  132-  136;

10.29   Cuento Augusto Monterroso137-141

10.27  Visita a la galería“Mattie Rhodes”

11.3    Escriba Ud una fábula.  Paso 1: el tema y los personajes, y la trama

11.5  Lección 6 MODOS DE VIVIR
         Cortometraje 148  estructuras oraciones condicionas con 
         si  154-155
11.10   Cuento: Bruno Aceves  165-169

11.12 Experiencias  Guadalupe Loaeza 156-160 “Navidad de una    
          rica y famosa”

11.17  Examen de vocabulario y gramatica, 2a parte del
           Reunión con la profesora para indicar cómo va la fábula

11.19  Visita al Museo Nelson-Atkins
           Escriba aspectos de su visita para platicar en clase
11.24  Charla sobre la visita al Museo
           Película “Lone Star”   

12.1   Terminar “Lone Star,” conversación

12.3   Clausura: entregue la fábula terminada

Final Exam December 8     3:15-5:15  Les explicarán su fábula a sus compañeros

Sept 13-14?  Fiesta Hispana, Barney Allis Plaza, 12th & Central Sts., Kansas City, Mo. ?(816) 452-4712            
                                                                www.fiestahispanakc.com ?

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