In Level IV, students continue to develop and refine the major skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They comprehend authentic selections that include advanced grammatical structures, topics that are technical, scientific, philosophical, and literary. Students’ writing and speaking reflect advanced grammatical structures and an expanding, eloquent vocabulary. Writing tasks will reflect the ability to analyze issues, engage in critical thinking, and move beyond simply descriptive prose. Students become more adept at comprehending the speech of native speakers, speaking at a normal rate of speed. Course content will deal with classic and contemporary aspects of Spanish-speaking regions. Students will analyze the influential and iconic cultural components of the past and their legacy and effect on the contemporary issues that face Spain and Latin America today.