In this course students will develop their ability to comprehend Spanish spoken by native speakers from different countries, converse comfortably in informal situations, express themselves with accuracy and fluency in more formal business or professional situations, communicate effectively, read with comprehension, analyze situations and think critically, express their ideas accurately in writing with appropriate vocabulary and syntax and show an understanding of historical and cultural perspective. Topics and activities will include everyday life and concerns, current affairs, history, geography, art, literature and culture. Material will be based on a variety of resources including lecture, reading, tapes, videos, films, pictures and media. Since learning advanced language skills requires excellent study habits, this course will require substantial study time outside of class.