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Intermediate II

Upon successfully completing an Intermediate 2020 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 more in-depth understanding of daily conversations and interactions
    • a greater 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 greater detail, be it in informal or formal conversation
    • discussing more complex issues of past, present, and future events
    • discussing hypothetical situations
    • expressing feelings, opinions, and emotions using a more extensive vocabulary
    • talking about daily experiences including topics such as: social problems, role of technology in contemporary life, work, and stereotypes and relating them to the target culture.
  3. Reading abilities, including
    • a deeper understanding of main ideas of literary texts, poetry, and short stories
    • making more complex connections by comparing and contrasting newspaper articles and online material
    • ability to understand use of passive versus active grammatical structures
  4. Writing abilities, including,
    • more detailed essays
    • self-reflections using a more extensive array of vocabulary
    • summaries with greater description
    • journal entries with greater detail
  5. Cultural Awareness, including
    • greater sensitivity to language-specific cultural norms and customs
    • ability to discern and compare cultural similarities and differences
    • country-specific awareness of etiquette with regard to cuisine
    • ability to discern informal and formal address

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
  • Field Trips
  • 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

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Global Perspectives

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