Spring 2021

Advanced Spanish Language and Culture

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-202

Formerly listed as: SPAN-05


Phoebe A. Porter (Sections 01 and 02)


SPAN 202 is the final course of the four-semester sequence in the Spanish Language Program.  It is designed for students who a) have successfully completed SPAN 201, b) who have placed into the course via the Spanish Department placement exam, or c) who have scored 5 on the AP Spanish Language exam or 4 on the AP Spanish Literature exam. The course develops students’ ability to interact in culturally appropriate ways with native speakers of Spanish, negotiate situations that require problem solving, and exchange detailed descriptions, comparisons, and interpretations about authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. By the end of the semester, students can expect to have reached the Advanced Low level of the ACTFL scale, and be ready to proceed to SPAN 301 (Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies), or to an immersive study abroad experience in any of Amherst College’s pre-approved programs in the Spanish-speaking world. 

In the fall, SPAN 202 will be taught online through video conferencing. Synchronous sessions will be communicative; most of class time will be focused on speaking through engaging collaborative activities. Asynchronous materials and activities will also be provided to facilitate in class learning. The course will use authentic texts, multimedia (films on Moodle, music, short videos, etc.), and will include an online conversation partner program so students can practice their language skills with Spanish speakers around the world.

Limited to 16 students per section. Three hours per week with the lecturer, plus one hour with the language assistant -- all online. This course may be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 201 or Spanish Placement Exam. Fall and spring semesters. Senior Lecturer Granda, Visiting Associate Professor Porter and Assistants.


Attention to Speaking, Languages Other Than English, Online Only


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020