SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 4:25:38 AMSPAN 58 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

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Discipline and Nbr:  SPAN 58Title:  HIGH INTERMED CONV  
Full Title:  High Intermediate Conversation
Last Reviewed:1/30/2012

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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A high-intermediate oral communication course designed to improve those listening and speaking skills needed for successful interaction in social, academic, or work-related situations. Emphasis on finding, getting and keeping a job in the U.S. and communicating more effectively in social and academic contexts.

Completion of SPAN 50C, SPAN 2 or SPAN 3 with a grade of 'C' or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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High-intermediate oral communication course designed to improve listening & speaking skills needed for successful interaction in social, academic or work-related situations.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of SPAN 50C, SPAN 2 or SPAN 3 with a grade of 'C' or better.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2019
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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LISTENING - The students will:
1.  Understand majority of conversational speech including many common
   idioms and phrasal verbs.
2.  Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details relating to
   everyday topics.
3.  Understand some abstract topics when presented in a familiar context.
4.  Understand descriptions and narrations of factual material and
   nontechnical prose.
5.  Discuss cultural and contemporary issues.
6.  Understand the use of register.
7.  Infer meaning from context.
8.  Acquire new vocabulary from context.
9.  Pronunciation: understand most common reduced forms, inflectional
   endings, and stress and intonation patterns in statements and
SPEAKING - The students will:
1.  Narrate and describe in present, past and future time.
2.  Use simple argument and persuasion.
3.  Participate in casual conversations using many common idioms.
4.  Give instructions and informational reports.
5.  Use Spanish for warning, refusing, complaining, complimenting,
   agreeing, disagreeing, advising, and requesting assistance.
6.  Express feelings such as humor, happiness, sadness, anger gratitude,
   and affection.
7.  Use discussion strategies: getting and holding the floor, changing
   and returning to the topic, and reaching consensus.
8.  Pronunciation: Produce most common reduced forms and inflectional
   endings, correctly use most intonation patterns and word stress,
   self-monitor for pronunciation and oral grammar, and demonstrate
   an understanding of register.

Topics and Scope
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The topics and scope of this course vary slightly from semester to
semester due to the selection of various conversation texts and/or
CONTENT - Listening:
1.  Conversations: taped, telephone, and face to face.
2.  One way communication: directions, narratives, academic lectures,
   descriptions, radio and television broadcasts, announcements,
3.  Content widens to include additional social and academic topics:
   current events, media, politics, cultural and moral issues, history,
   health, medicine, general science, economics, education, leisure,
   domestic and world issues, life, death, and afterlife, love and hate,
   male and female roles, geography, demography and technology, humor,
   literature and the arts, the world market, drugs and dependency,
   belief and ideologies, jobs, and professions, law and free will.
CONTENT - Speaking:
1.  Content widens to include additional social and academic topics:
   current events, health and medical issues, politics, economics,
   education, leisure, cultural and moral issues, history, general
   science, print and electronic media, domestic and world issues,
   life, death, and afterlife, love and hate, male and female roles,
   geography, demography and technology, humor, literature and the
   arts, the world market, drugs and dependency, belief and ideologies,
   jobs and professions, law and free will.
TASKS - Listening:
1.  Comprehension checks, dictation: variations such as cloze.
2.  Listen to taped and live lectures, radio, television and films.
3.  Clue searching, graphic fill-ins.
4.  Paraphrasing, summarizing and note taking.
5.  Selective listening, story rebuilding and party line, logical
6.  Inferential listening, identifying sociolinguistic factors.
7.  Information gap, listen to authentic sources such as Tel-Med or
   directory assistance to extract specific information.
8.  Conduct a questionaire or poll in or out of the classroom.
TASKS - Speaking:
1.  Generate appropriate questions and responses.
2.  Paired interviews, conduct survey and report to class, dialogues.
3.  Story telling and completion, chain stories, picture stories:
   individual or in a group.
4.  Small group consensus and problem solving, spontaneous response
   to an assigned topic, give a descriptive or process speech.
5.  Give a short formal report supported with research, oral response
   current events, films, guest speakers, and field trips.
6.  Monitored small group discussions, pose questions and respond
   appropriately to speakers.
7.  Spontaneous and prepared debates.
8.  Situations with complications, role plays.

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Note: The following represent typical assignments for a Span 58
1.  Interviews with native speakers or Spanish outside of class.
2.  Rhythm and intonation practice with songs, jazz chants and poetry.
3.  Small group discussions based on lectures, films, and readings.
4.  Role plays on work-related situations.
5.  Video tapes of student written and produced skits and dialogues.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 45%
Written homework, Reading reports, Lab reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 50%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 35%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor-created materials consisting of current, photocopied
articles and supplements.

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