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Basic Language Program description:

The Basic Language Program in Spanish and Portuguese aims to move students sequentially through their language studies, allowing them to develop communicative competence in their introductory courses (1010/1020 or 1120) and basic proficiency in the language upon completion of Spanish 2030 and/or Portuguese 2030. Courses are communicative in nature and students are expected to build upon their previously established skills as they move through the program.


Course descriptions:

SPAN 1010 - Introductory Spanish I (4 credits)

Prerequisite: For students with zero to a maximum of two years of High School Spanish background (not including 12th grade) or equivalent. The first semester in a two-semester sequence, the overall goal of this course is to develop competence in the 4 language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) essential to communicative language learning. The course uses a task-based approach which provides the learner with opportunities to use the language interactively.



SPAN 1020 - Introductory Spanish II (4 credits)

Pre-requisite: For students who have completed 1010 at Tulane; other introductory students must enroll in 1120. Continuation of SPAN 1010. The overall goal of this course is to develop competence in the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) essential to communicative language learning. The course uses a task-based approach which provides the learner with opportunities to use the language interactively.



SPAN 1120 - Intensive Introductory Spanish (4 credits)

Pre-requisite: For students with two to a maximum of three years of High School Spanish or equivalent. The overall goal of this fast-paced course is to develop competence in the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) essential to communicative language learning. The course uses a task-based approach which provides the learner with opportunities to use the language interactively. Note: In the place of SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020.



SPAN 2030 - Intermediate Spanish (4 credits)

Pre-requisite: For students who have completed SPAN 1020 or 1120 at Tulane or who have completed approximately four years of High School Spanish or equivalent. The overall goal of this course is to develop proficiency in the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) essential to communicative language learning. The course uses a task-based approach which provides the learner with opportunities to use the language interactively.



PORT 1120 - Intensive Portuguese (4 credits)

An intensive one-semester introduction to Portuguese with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills designed to quickly prepare students for more advanced study of language, literature, and culture.



PORT 2030 - Intermediate Portuguese (4 credits)

Portuguese 2030 is an intensive, intermediate level course intended for students who have completed Portuguese 1120 or the equivalent. Over the course of the semester, students will continue developing their speaking, oral comprehension, reading, and writing skills with the goal of communicating more effectively in Brazilian Portuguese. The course reviews and expands upon material introduced in Portuguese 1120, focusing on lessons ten through fifteen (as well as the grammatical expansion section) of the textbook Ponto de encontro. Students will also develop their linguistic skills and intercultural understanding by studying a variety of cultural texts, including music, poetry, crônicas, video clips, and a play.

Tulane University, Spanish & Portuguese Dept., 304 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5518 spanport@tulane.edu