Level I Class Descriptions

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Level I : Intensive Spanish Language Studies Program

This program is an intensive language and cultural immersion program, held at the International Institute of Madird.  Courses are taught exclusively in Spanish.  The grammar portion of the language courses meets six hours a week and includes oral and written exercises as well as reading and comprehension.  The oral drill and conversation portion, taught by International Institute professors who are native Spanish speakers, also meets six hours a week.

Students strive for competence in pronunciation and vocabulary aided by audiovisual instruction and intensive drills.  In both portions, evaluation is based on weekly oral testing as well as on midterm and final exams. Level I students normally improve their Spanish a tremendous amount during their time in Madrid.

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CAS LS 211 – Third-Semester Spanish (Prereq: CAS LS 112 or placement examination results):

Completes study of grammatical structures of Spanish.  Use of spoken language in conversation.  Readings on Hispanic civilization and contemporary short stories.  Writing exercises involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns.  4 credits.

CAS LS 212 – Fourth-Semester Spanish (Prereq: CAS LS 211 or placement examination results):

Review of the structures of Spanish.  Intensive practice of spoken language.  More advanced reading from Hispanic culture.  Frequent compositions.  Satisfactory completion of CAS LS 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.  4 credits.

CAS LS 303 – Composition and Conversation in Spanish, I:

Development of skills in spoken and written langauge.  Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions.  4 credits.

CAS LS 241 – Spanish Civilization:

An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature.  The course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students’ fluency increases.  It is enriched by visits to the Prado Museum, Segovia, Toledo, and other sites.  Evaluation is based on three exams and/or papers.  4 credits.

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CAS LS 212 – Fourth-Semester Spanish (Prereq: CAS LS 211 or placement examination results):

Review of the structures of Spanish.  Intensive practice of spoken language.  More advanced reading from Hispanic culture.  Frequent compositions.  Satisfactory completion of CAS LS 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.  4 credits.

CAS LS 303 & 304 – Composition and Conversation in Spanish, I & II:

Development of skills in spoken and written langauge.  Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions.  4 credits each.

CAS LS 241 – Spanish Civilization:

An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature.  The course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students’ fluency increases.  It is enriched by visits to the Prado Museum, Segovia, Toledo, and other sites.  Evaluation is based on three exams and/or papers.  4 credits.

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CAS LS 303-304 – Composition and Conversation in Spanish I & II (Prereq: CAS LS 212, SAT-II Spanish score of 560 or examination placement results):

Development of skills in spoken and written langauge.  Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions.  4 credits each.

CAS LS 241 – Spanish Civilization:

An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature.  The course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students’ fluency increases.  It is enriched by visits to the Prado Museum, Segovia, Toledo, and other sites.  Evaluation is based on three exams and/or papers.  4 credits.

Level II courses are 4 credits.