SYLLABUS: Intermediate/advanced Spanish 2A/B


INSTRUCTOR:  Mr. Albert Marqués
OFFICE:  Humanities 110
HOURS:  Mo-Th 12:30p-01:00p
TELEPHONE:  (408) 848-4794

INSTRUCTOR:  Mr. David Pérez
OFFICE:  Humanities 108
HOURS:  Mo-Th 02:00p-02:30p
TELEPHONE:  848-4842

Class Prerequisite: Advisory; basic Spanish speaking, writing, and reading skills
Contact Hours: 5 lecture 2.5 lab.


This second year Spanish course provides a review of basic structures, expansion of patterns, vocabulary and idioms through discussion and composition. Through comparative analysis of selected literary works, the course develops an awareness of cultural and literary contributions from the 21 Spanish speaking societies. The course is taught in Spanish with emphasis on composition as a medium of expression.


  1. to improve reading, writing and speaking skills

  2. to help you develop the power of language, image, symbol and metaphor in your live

  3. to obtain a basic understanding and appraise the historical, social, cultural and aesthetic qualities of Hispanic culture

  4. to be prepared for continued study of Spanish at a higher level

  5. speak Spanish, speak Spanish and speak Spanish!!!


Identidades 2/e, Text and Student Activities Manual, Liskin-Gasparro, Lapuerta, Guzman & Castells; published by Pearson Prentice Hall

Organization of text:

Identidades consists of ten chapters, each focusing on a theme: music, Mayan civilization, the working world, hobbies and leisure, ecology and environment, Latinos in the United States, wellness, strange phenomena, holidays and traditions, and the arts. Each chapter theme is reflected in the vocabulary, grammar functions, culture, and the reading, writing and speaking activities.

  • Emphasis on process-oriented learning
    • Draws on the   skills of problem-solving, open-ended inquiry, description, narration, and comparison that students already use in other areas of their academic lives.
  • Development and transfer of cognitive skills
    • Supports students in applying their well-developed skills from other course areas to communication in a second language.
  • A culture-centered approach to language learning
    • Engages students in analysis and research on historical, cultural, and artistic expressions of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Systematic presentation of literature of the Spanish-speaking world
    • Encourages students to make connections between the cultural themes within the chapters and the literary manifestations.
  • Straightforward presentation of grammar
    • Focuses on the necessary selection of structures, connections between function and form, carefully sequenced activities, and recycling throughout.
  • Adherence the National Standards goals
    • Employs Cultures, Connections, and Comparisons on virtually every page of the text and its ancillary components.



    • Fully integrated with iLearn, the Gavilan online learning system,
      activity manual audio files, video files, online practice exercises.

    • A language laboratory open Mo-Th 08:00a-06:00p; Fr 08:00a-02:00p

    • Tutors available in the Learning Resource Center.

    •  Supplementary reading material in the library.

    • Computer software in the computer lab.

    • Videos, Destinos

    Note: Language acquisition requires a process of intensive communication and your participation is essential. Many strategies are used to  facilitate learning and to minimize any filter to learning such as anxiety shyness and stress.


    • A == 90-100%

    • B == 80-89%

    • C == 70-79%

    • D == 60-69%

    • F == 59% or less

    • 40%  Class Participation

    • 30%  Tests, Final exam

    • 20%  Group Projects & Homework


    1. Understand how languages are learned and the relationship to study and class activity.

    2. Follow the sequence of study recommended.

    3. Study on a daily basis.

    4. Take advantage of all opportunities to increase your comprehension of Spanish.

    5. Maximum use of on-campus services.


    1. Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.

    2. Students should arrange their study schedule for this class to maximize time spent here at Gavilan where resources are available.

    3. Students must take primary responsibility for effective use of study time.
      However this will require extensive consultation with the instructor.

    4. Student Honesty Policy Reference Statement:

    “Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity.  Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal”




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