Prerequisites: Placement score of 420-510 on the SAT II Exam or a score of 0-325 on the UVA Placement Exam. Students may not self-place in a language course. All students will submit proof of placement by August 26.
Course Goals. The primary objective of world language study is to prepare you to participate successfully as global citizens of the world. This ability to communicate successfully with speakers of other languages comes from a commitment to engage actively in mastery of the second language system, ongoing skill building in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and cultivating a keen understanding of the products (art, literature, architecture, food, dress, laws, etc.), perspectives (meanings, attitudes, values, beliefs, ideas), and practices (social interactions, behaviors) of Hispanic cultures and peoples. SPAN 1060 will be the beginning of this journey for you as an emerging Spanish speaker, as you discover insights about yourself and others and connections to your personal and academic interests and pursuits.
Your work in this course and beyond will help you develop greater self-awareness as world language learners, cultivating attitudes of curiosity, flexibility, openness, and compassion for the self and other, becoming more confident and competent Spanish speakers, and active members of local and global communities. Learning a language is difficult and frustrating; it is in the frustration that you are more likely to make a break-through.
Learning Goals. The curriculum and the learning activities for this course have been carefully designed to help you successfully achieve the following learning objectives:
- Communicate in spoken and written language about oneself and others, and on familiar topics (hobbies, school, home, family, food, travel, professions, world events) using the past, present, and future tenses.
- Develop the appropriate communication strategies to maintain conversation and support comprehension, like circumlocution, self-correction, prediction, use of visuals, and asking for clarification.
- Understand the similarities and differences between the cultural products and practices of their home culture(s) and of the target culture(s) and embrace a spirit of open-mindedness and curiosity.
- Identify links between language study and their other academic and non-academic pursuits.
- Develop effective learning strategies, set personal goals for ongoing communicative and cultural development, collect evidence of their learning, and reflect on their progress through engagement in their e-portfolios.
- Contribute to the learning of the class through collaboration in class and online.
- Engage in active, self-directed learning and will take risks in pushing their development further.
- Develop critical digital literacy skills through self-expression that effectively utilizes a variety of media and modes.
Course Description. This is a flipped class, which means that you learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time is devoted to meaningful, authentic, and communicative practice. Speaking only Spanish in class will help foster a learning environment that contributes to the creation of a community of lifelong learners of Spanish. As a technology-enhanced 4-credit course, you will complete online activities on Connect and in your e-portfolios on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of attending class all five days of the week. You should expect an average of 1-2 hours of online homework 5 days a week, plus an extra hour of work that substitutes for class time each on Tuesday/Thursday. You will use an e-portfolio to submit work, complete different types of activities, and engage with your classmates outside of the classroom.
E-portfolio. The e-portfolio is a personal learning space that allows you to showcase your learning creatively using multiple media, to archive your work, and to track your progress and development throughout this course and through the completion of SPAN 2020. The e-portfolio allows for a more holistic assessment of your linguistic and cultural competence. All work for this course will be submitted in the e-portfolio, including practice activities, graded activities and exams, and reflective essays. The foundation of your e-portfolio is your reflection on your progress, learning strategies, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. Many of your e-portfolio submissions will include a short reflection on that work. More formal reflections occur in your initial and final reflective essays as you think critically about your overall progress and goals. Active engagement in your e-portfolio work is essential to your progress and includes thoughtful responses to peer work, equal engagement in collaborative/group work, and contribution to the learning of the class community. See E-portfolio Guidelines. At the end of SPAN 2020, you will submit the e-portfolios that you have created in all the Spanish courses in the language sequence as a final exit assessment.