Approved by Faculty Senate.

University Studies Course Proposal

Foreign Language


Date: March, 2002

Course: Span 302

The culture of Spain

3-credit class

Professor: Mrs. Alicia Reed

Flag: Oral Communication


The following material addresses the six outcomes listed for Oral Communication Flag courses and documents course content and learning activities relevant to these course outcomes:

    1. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations
    2. Students earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations since they only speak the target language, Spanish, during the whole extent of the class. The main objective of this class is to practice and polish their second language, therefore, spoken Spanish is expected every class, every time! Also, it is important to say that 15% of their final grade is "class participation". In order to promote this, students are assigned with specific topics that need to be researched at home and then be discussed in class in groups for around 15-20 minutes. This is followed by 20-25 minutes of class discussion in which students answer questions related to the assignment. Also, students have three oral presentations that constitute 30% of their final grade. These oral presentations are graded by the instructor and peers for content, language, grammar, creativity, and the use of power point.

    3. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines
    4. Students apply the features and types of speaking in their disciplines by utilizing and understanding that the Spanish language contains a formal and informal way of speaking. Students know that when they speak among themselves (group activities) they apply the informal form. If the student approaches the teacher or has an oral presentation, a formal speech is expected.

    5. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences
    6. The main purpose of this class is not only learning the content of the subject, but to use, at all times, their second language speaking abilities to ultimate speak fluently like a native Spanish speaker.

    7. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement
    8. Students receive appropriate feedback from the instructor on a regular basis. During oral presentations, students have the opportunity to receive feedback and/or ask questions from their peers as well.

    9. make use of the technology used for research and speaking in the fields
    10. This class makes use of the technology for research every week. Power point presentations are expected.

    11. learn the conversations of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their field

Following every oral presentation and class discussion of reading assignments, the students submit documentation of their research effort to the instructor and peers. Students are guided on what types of documentation they need and how they should be presented.











Course Syllabus

College of Liberal Arts

Winona State University



Department: Foreign Languages Date of Revision: March 2002

Course number: 302 Course Title: The culture of Spain

Number of Credits: 3 Frequency of Offering: Every 2 yrs

Prerequisites: Spanish 202 or equivalent Grading: Grade Only

Spanish 302 satisfies the Oral Communication Flag

This class will promote the student’s ability to:

  1. Earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;
  2. Understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;
  3. Adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences;
  4. Receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;
  5. Make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields;
  6. Learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

Texts: España y su civilización, Francisco Ugarte. Rivised by Michael Ugarte and Kathleen McNerney. 5Th edition, McGraw-Hill College.


Course Description:

  1. Catalog Description
  2. This course is intended to study in depth the different aspects of the country of Spain. This includes its geography, history, literature, and art from prehistoric times to the present.

  3. Statement of major focus and objectives of the course
  4. This course is taught in Spanish and focuses on the successive phases in the development of the culture of Spain. The development of Spanish literature, art, architecture, music, and lifestyle are studied as well as the different characteristics of the individual regions of Spain.

    Objectives: Students will learn about:

    1. the Spain culture and civilization
    2. how to express themselves correctly in Spanish
    3. how to make oral presentation in Spanish
  5. Course outline of the major topics and subtopics
      1. La prehistoria hasta la Edad Media
      2. Siglo de Oro (XVI - XVII)
      3. Siglo de luces y reformas (XVIII – XIX)
      4. Siglo XX
      5. Presente y Futuro


  6. Basic instructional plan and teaching methods utilized

A variety of instructional methods will be used including:

    1. classroom discussion of reading assignments
    2. media presentations
    3. lecture / questioning
    4. collaborative learning activities
  1. Course Requirements:
    1. active oral participation in classroom discussions
    2. assigned readings
    3. individual oral presentations using power point
    4. write one composition


  2. Attendance and Grading

Active involvement and punctual attendance at every class session is essential to successful course completion and daily preparation of assigned work is expected. Students are expected to attend every class session. Absence does not excuse you from work missed. It is your responsibility to inform yourself of work assigned. If you miss more than three (3) classes your grade for attendance/participation will be zero (0), unless you have an excused absence. Excused absences consist of university-sponsored functions, illnesses, and emergencies. Proper notification must be made in those events. Late assignments will not be accepted except when proper notification of an excused absence has been made.

The final grade will be comprised of the following elements:

Attendance and class participation 15%

Oral presentations (3) 30%

Exams (2) 25%

Compositions (1) 10%

Final 20%

Grading: Final letter grade

100-90% A 89-80% B

79-70% C 69-60% D