LS-221: Workshop in Reading and Writing for Spanish Heritage Speakers I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: LS-221 Workshop in Reading and Writing for Spanish Heritage Speakers I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): LS-214 with a grade of C or better or placement through Native/Heritage Speakers Placement Test

Course Description in college catalog:

This class is designed for students whose greatest exposure to Spanish has been in the home and the community rather than in the classroom. The program builds on the linguistic knowledge that students already bring to the classroom and develops their oral and written language skills through the analysis, comparison and evaluation of current social issues in Spain and Latin America.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 

QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice

A.S. Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences (Dual/Joint Degree Program with York College) 

A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Expand your Spanish vocabulary through contextualized practices related to the texts read in class or from viewing or listening to audio-visual materials.
  2. Improve your Spanish spelling skills through ad-hoc exercises and meaningful activities.
  3. Formulate opinions; make judgments and/or suggestion, in conversation and writing, on selected issues from authentic materials presented in class.
  4. Summarize a narrative text, or create your own brief narrative orally and in writing.
  5. Write reports in Spanish following the steps of the writing process (brainstorming, developing an outline for an essay, developing a draft, revising and self-editing.)

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  • Your speaking abilities will be assessed by evaluating your level of comprehensibility, and fluency, and your use of vocabulary in completing communicative tasks or oral narrations/presentations. 
  • Your listening comprehension abilities will be assessed by evaluating your understanding of oral messages including advertisements, weather broadcasts, warnings, etc.
  • Your reading skills will be assessed by evaluating your understanding of newspapers articles, short stories, excerpts from literary passages, and any other authentic reading material. 
  • Your writing skills (including spelling, vocabulary, and knowledge of grammar) will be assessed by evaluating the level of comprehensibility and lexical/grammatical accuracy of your written samples consisting of descriptions, narrations, or summaries.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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