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Intermediate I

Upon successfully completing an Intermediate 2010 course, students should exhibit developing cultural awareness and sensitivity. In addition, students should demonstrate the ability to take part in more complex conversations and exchanges that evidence their expanded and further refined listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

More specifically, students will demonstrate:

  1. Listening abilities, including·
    • a greater understanding of daily conversations and interactions
    • ability to discern main points of more complex dialogues, including news broadcasts, radio, film, and podcasts.
  2. Speaking abilities, including
    • conversing on a variety of topics, in both formal and informal conversations
    • discussing past, present, and future events
    • asking and answering questions with greater detail
    • expressing feelings, opinions, and emotions.
    • talking about daily experiences including topics such as: human anatomy/health/illness/nutrition, household furnishings and materials, clothing, shopping, and bartering; and relating them to the target culture.
  3. Reading abilities, including
    • a comprehension of main ideas of literary texts, poetry, and short stories
    • making connections by comparing and contrasting newspaper articles and online material
  4. Writing abilities, including,
    • short essays
    • brief self-reflections
    • basic summaries
    • short journal entries
  5. Cultural Awareness, including
    • sensitivity to language-specific cultural norms and customs
    • country-specific awareness of etiquette with regard to cuisine
    • ability to discern informal and formal address
    • awareness of geographical aspects
    • understanding of socio-historical aspects

Measures of Learning

  • Oral and Written Exams

Please note: Use of the following measures of learning may vary in degree depending on topic, faculty preference, as well as student needs

  • In-class activities
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Web Research Projects
  • Written Compositions
  • Oral Presentations
  • Group Activities
  • End-of-Semester Culture Presentation
  • Role-Plays
  • Class Participation
  • Written Assignments (emails, postcards, letters, short compositions)

Methods of Teaching

  • Lecture
  • Total Physical Response
  • Small Group Work
  • Paired Work
  • Student Reports
  • Whole-class discussion
  • Role-Plays
  • Information-exchange Activities
  • Dictation
  • Readings
  • On-line Activities
  • Songs
  • Games
  • Reading aloud of the text for pronunciation, intonation, oral practice, and comprehension
  • Dictation, translation, and listening activities for comprehension, grammar, and accurate use of idiomatic expressions
  • Cooperative learning
  • Audio visual materials/cultural videos/ instructors' web pages
  • Cultural activities/excursions
  • Online WebCT activities
  • Experiential Learning

5 Cs Standards for World Language Learning

  1. Communication
  2. Cultures
  3. Connections
  4. Comparisons
  5. Communities

Core Competencies Outcome Alignment CCRI's Definition of an Educated Person

  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Interaction

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