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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Proficiency Goals

class discussion

 

Below you will find the progression of Spanish courses at USC:

Basic
 
Intermediate
 
Advanced
     
109
110
122
122 Exit Exam
209
210
Oral Proficiency Interview
309
310
310 Exit Exam
300-level courses and above to finish with Spanish major courses
For teaching certification students: Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
121

You will notice that there are several exams as you progress through our curriculum in order to assess whether you have achieved the desired goals.

The following ACTFL proficiency goals should be reached:

After Spanish 122 > Intermediate Low

  • An Intermediate Low student will:
    • Manage simple, and predictable survival situations of a limited number
    • Use memorized words and phrases to complete tasks
    • Control present tense time frame
    • Examples of situations: giving and requesting personal information, ordering a meal, asking for and giving directions, reserving a hotel room, expressing likes/dislikes, describing daily routines
  • Sample

After Spanish 210 > Intermediate Mid

  • An Intermediate Mid student will have mastered the skills at the Intermediate Low level. In addition. In addition he will:
    • Manage and respond to a wider variety of situations
    • Express ideas more cohesively at sentence-length; fewer memorized phrases
    • Master present tense time frame, control past tense time frame about 50% of the time
    • Examples of situations: giving and requesting personal information, ordering a meal, asking for and giving directions, reserving a hotel room, expressing likes and dislikes, shopping for clothers and food, describing daily routines, reporting on past activities
  • Sample

After Spanish 310 > Intermediate High

  • An Intermediate High student will have mastered skills at the Intermediate Mid level. In addition, he will:
    • Manage and respond with ease and confidence in most routine situations
    • Occasionally manage situations with a complication successfully
    • Express ideas cohesively at paragraph-length
    • Control all three frames (present, past, future) about 80% of the time
    • Examples of situations: giving and requesting personal information, ordering a meal, asking for and giving directions, reserving a hotel room, expressing/dislikes, shopping for clothes and food, describing daily routines, reporting on past activities
    • Examples of situations with complication: arriving at a hotel and finding out that your room reservation has been lost, missing your flight and attempting to rebook, sending back a meal that is cold

     

  • Audio sample coming soon

Every year, in the Spring semester,Spanish majors in 309 and 310 will take a standardized online test, STAMP.  For more information on this, click here (Stamp Page)

After completion of Spanish major > Advanced Low

    • An Intermediate High student will have mastered the skills at the Intermediate High level. In addition, he will:
      • Manage and respond with ease and confidence in all routine situations
      • Manage situations with a complication successfully but with some hesitation
      • Use conversational strategies to overcome communication breakdowns (e.g.: rephrasing, restating, circumlocuting)
      • Express ideas cohesively at paragraph-length
      • Control all three frames (present, past, future) almost all of the time
      • Examples of situations: giving and requesting personal information, ordering a meal, asking for and giving directions, reserving a hotel room, expressing likes/dislikes, shopping for clothes and food, describing daily routines, reporting on past activities
      • Examples of situations with a complication: arriving at a hotel and finding out that your room reservation has been lost, missing your flight and attempting to rebook, sending back a meal that is cold
    • Audio sample coming soon

Students pursuing the undergraduate teaching certification will be required to complete an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to verify that they have reached the Advanced Low Level. For more information on this, click here (OPI page)

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