I designed syllabi and selected the textbook for intermediate Spanish, as taught at a regional university in Connecticut. The course enrolls students with a variety of language proficiency levels, including students who have taken Spanish in high school, students who have previously taken one year of Spanish at the university, and a small minority of students who are native Spanish speakers. Although there are exceptions, the speaking and writing proficiency of the first two groups of students is best described as novice-mid, which means that they are generally able to make simple statements in a conversation and write notes about something they learned, using lists, phrases, and memorized expressions. Their listening comprehension is more accurately described as novice-low to novice-mid, which means that some of them can recognize some familiar words and phrases when they are spoken. 
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