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Spanish (SPAN)
Department of Literature and Language Arts

SPAN 1113   Elementary Spanish I
A basic beginning semester course for students with no previous study of Spanish. Emphasis on speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as the basis for the development of all three Communication Modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational). Hispanic cultures will be introduced through a variety of texts, including readings, music, art, and film.

Note: Conducted in Spanish. Open to students who have not previously studied Spanish or who have scored below 296 on the LeTourneau Spanish Placement test. Students who have studied Spanish for two years or more in secondary school must take the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test for appropriate placement.
Class 3. (Fall)

SPAN 1123   Elementary Spanish II
For students with the equivalent of one semester of previous study of Spanish. Emphasis on strengthening studentsí interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in both oral and written Spanish. Hispanic cultures are presented through a variety of authentic texts, including short pieces of literature, essays, and newspaper articles. Music, art, and film are also included. After Elementary Spanish I (SPAN 1113) and II (SPAN 1123), students should be able to engage
in everyday conversations with native speakers, and read straightforward texts, both fiction
and nonfiction, with relative ease.

Note: Conducted in Spanish. Students who have studied Spanish for two years or more in secondary school must take the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test for appropriate placement.
Class 3. Prerequisite: Elementary Spanish I (SPAN 1113) or equivalent, or a score between 296 - 355 on the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test.. (Spring)

SPAN 2113   Intermediate Spanish I
For students with the equivalent of two semester of previous study of Spanish. An intermediate language and culture class that aims to consolidate and expand the skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Includes a comprehensive review of the grammar and reinforces linguistic acquisition through texts, movies, art and multimedia projects to acquaint students with cultural issues relevant to the Spanish-speaking world.

Note: Conducted in Spanish. Students who have studied Spanish for two years or more in secondary school must take the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test for appropriate placement.
Class 3. Prerequisites: Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 1123) or equivalent, or a score between 356 and 440 on the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test..

SPAN 2123   Intermediate Spanish II
For students with the equivalent of three semester of previous study of Spanish. A continuation of Intermediate Spanish I, aimed to reinforce the practice of oral and written communication in Spanish through topics in contemporary cultural materials from Spain and Latin America. Students will focus on improving proficiency, refining pronunciation and acquiring vocabulary. Along with in-class discussions, course work involves grammar review and practice in writing.

Note: Conducted in Spanish. Students who have studied Spanish for two years or more in secondary school must take the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test for appropriate placement.
Class 3. Prerequisite: Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 1123) or equivalent, or a score greater than 440 on the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test.. (Spring)

SPAN 2223   Spanish for Health Professionals
A student will be exposed in a concentrated way to Spanish speaking and listening for the clinical healthcare setting. Focus will be primarily conversation and idiomatic phrases with expansion of vocabulary to include clinical terminology. Class 3. Prerequisite: SPAN2113 or equivalent language competency.. (Spring)

SPAN 3016   Spanish Language Study
Students come to Costa Rica with varying degrees of Spanish proficiency. Thus, LASP places each student in Spanish language coursework that corresponds to each participant's abilities. Students study grammar, conversation, phonetics and/or literature based on proficiency levels. Classes are taught by Latin Americans, so students learn Spanish the way it is spoken in Latin America. Class 6. Prerequisite: SPAN 2123 or its equivalent.

SPAN 3903   Core Seminar: Perspectives on Latin American History and Contemporary Issues
This seminar introduces the social, historical, political, economic, and religious currents that constitute Latin American society. The course includes discussions with Latin American experts and field trips to various sites
This SPAN course is only offered through the Latin American Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

SPAN 4904   Spanish And The Community
An advanced language course that examines the richness and complexity of the Latino experience in the US while promoting community engagement as a vehicle for greater linguistic fluency and cultural understanding. Students are placed with community organizations within the Longview area and volunteer for three hours a week. Class work focuses on expanding studentsí oral and written proficiency in Spanish through discussing and analyzing readings, arts, and films by and about Latinos in the US. Class 1. Prerequisite: Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 1123) or equivalent, or a score between 356 - 440 on the LeTourneau Spanish Placement Test..

SPAN 4913   Responses to Third World Reality Seminar
This concentration is interdisciplinary by design. Students are challenged in a seminar that includes diverse perspectives, broad readings and hands-on experience in a practicum setting. In recent semesters, the concentration has included a study trip to Cuba. Class 3.

SPAN 4923   Literature And Language Seminar
A student will study works of modern literature in Spanish.

This SPAN course is only offered through the Latin American Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3. Prerequisite: SPAN 2123 or its equivalent.

SPAN 4931-4934   Service Practicum
A student will be expected to undertake a work or research project within the context of the local culture. Regional travel may also be involved in order to gain a better understanding of Latin American culture.

This SPAN course is only offered through the Latin American Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 1-4.

SPAN 4933   Language & Literature Seminar
This concentration focuses on the social, cultural, political, economic and religious issues of Latin America in the target language. Students examine how Latin Americans view their neighbors to the north and around the world through conversations, conferences and related literature. Presentations by invited speakers are delivered in Spanish, while all required readings and assignments are written in Spanish.

Other courses may be available. Please check the Best Semester website for more information.
Class 3.

SPAN 4941-4993   Special Topics
These courses offer one-to-three credit hours to be utilized for seminars, special lectures, and independent study in topics that are not offered on a regular basis. This course may be taken more than one time when the topics are different. Class 1-3.