Course Description

Course Name

Beginning Conversation and Culture

Session: VSJU1421

Hours & Credits

60 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Student must take one of the following courses at the same time:

-Beginning Grammar and Conversation (Level 1)

-Beginning Grammar and Conversation (Level 2)

-Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals

-Beginning Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals

 

 

Beginning

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

High Beginning

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of one semester (or two quarters) at the college level.

Overview

*Each 1-credit Conversation and Culture course offering is subject to enrollment. This course comes at an additional fee to the program cost. This course can be taken at no extra cost only for the Summer 5 program. Contact the Costa Rica Site Specialist for more information.

 

Beginning Conversation and Culture SPN-100

This course is designed for students studying Spanish as a second language taking the SPN-101 or SPN 102 course. During class, students will develop their oral communicative competency, which will allow them to get along in an effective and efficient way in everyday situations in Costa Rican culture, through knowledge of common expressions, customs and traditions of Costa Rica.

Objectives:

  • At the end of the course, the student will have improved his or her oral communicative competency and will have acquired general knowledge about Costa Rican culture.
  • The student will be able to communicate applying the cultural knowledge of Costa Rican society learned in the course.

Specific objectives to be completed in order to achieve the aforementioned objectives:

  • Describe oneself and others.
  • Speak about your own family and the Costa Rican family.
  • Describe symbolic places of Costa Rica.
  • Express likes, wants and preferences.
  • Explain traditional activities in local celebrations.
  • Reaffirm the basic vocabulary learned.
  • Expand one's vocabulary with expressions and popular sayings of Costa Rica

Content:


1. Morfosintácticos:

  • Presente de verbos regulares e irregulares.
  • Usos de ser, estar, tener, haber, hacer.
  • Verbos especiales: gustar, encantar, molestar, interesar y doler.

2. Léxico-semánticos:

  • Adjetivos calificativos.
  • La familia.
  • Los países latinoamericanos.
  • El clima.
  • La ropa.
  • La comida.
  • Los deportes.
  • Dichos y expresiones costarricenses (Pura vida, me regala…)

Evaluación:
Participación en clase 25%
Cumplimiento de tareas 25%
Un reporte oral y escrito de una noticia 25%
Una entrevista 15%
Una presentación oral 15%
Total: 100%


Bibliografía Base:
Monturiol, A. e Yglesias, E. (2015). Dígalo en Español, Spanish Survival Book. Costa Rica: Editorial
Universidad Veritas.
Bibliografía sugerida:

Miguel Lourdes, Neus Sans (1992). De dos en dos. Ejercicios interactivos de producción oral. Madrid,
España: Difusión.
Barboza, Gerardo (1999). ¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? San José, Costa Rica: Editorial Ariadna.
Diccionario de la Real Academia Española (1992). Madrid

*Course content subject to change