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Core Courses (Self-Placement)
"I was able to build warm relationships with people from California and other western states, and also the instructors of the core course. A friendly and inclusive atmosphere enveloped the entire campus." - Recent ISSI program participant
2.5-Unit Core Courses
You will be in more than one classroom as you move through your day. The cultural breakout sessions are part of your day and you do not need to be registered for them separately. You DO need to be registered for any numbered course; e.g., SPA 156C. Click here to visit the Typical Day at ISSI page for more details.
PLEASE USE THESE DETAILED CORE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW TO ASSIST YOU IN SELF-PLACEMENT.
Unless listed otherwise, all materials are provided for all ISSI courses. Materials used for Institute courses are available in alternate format upon request. If you need special accommodations for a certifiable disability that may affect class performance, please notify us as soon as possible so that we may meet those accommodations. Optional materials include a Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary and the 501 Spanish Verbs book.
SPA 121A - Spanish Low Beginning (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
Pedro Rodriguez, from the
Don Quijote Language School,
and instructor Nancy Zarenda)
SPA 121B - Spanish Beginning (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 121D - Spanish High Beginning (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
Our entertaining Prize Patrol!
SPA 122A - Spanish Low Intermediate (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 122B- Spanish Intermediate (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 122C - Spanish Intermediate Level II
SPA 122D - Spanish High Intermediate (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 122E - Spanish High Intermediate Level II
This course, a continuation of SPA 122D, ISSI High Intermediate, is for students with one to two years of Spanish at the college level, or the equivalent. This course will provide a review and in-depth comparison of preterite and imperfect tenses, review preterite of irregular and stem-changing verbs, will further develop the subjunctive mood, and will expand preposition usage and past tense time expressions, and idiomatic expressions. New vocabulary will be presented and developed in conversational and academic contexts. Complex structures will be introduced and difficult grammatical items will be reviewed and new items introduced. this course is ocnducted almost entirely in Spanish.
Some of our ISSI workers
who make it all happen!
SPA 123A - Spanish Low Advanced (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 123B - Spanish Advanced (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 123D - Spanish High Advanced (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
More ISSI workers! We love them!
SPA 124 - Spanish Low Superior (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 124A - Spanish Superior Level (2.5 units), Transfers to CSU
SPA 131CD Special Topics: High Superior, Spain's view of the Americas through 16th century art
This course will explore and develop the Spanish language at the high superior level through the art and artists of Spain from the 16th century, focusing on works depicting the Americas. the emphasis will be on the great stages of colonial and post-colonial worksm and the manner in which artists participated in and contributed to the political debate regarding the complex relations between Spain and the New World. The course will focus on the Spanish language through graphic works, architecture, sculpture, music and Spanish literature. This course will be presented in Spanish.