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Course Outline:

SPN-1001   Elementary Spanish I

Semester hours: 4

Prerequisites: none

Delivery method: Lecture, blended or fully online- 4 credit hours 

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer B1

IAI Equivalent: go to: http://www.itransfer.org

Catalog description:
An elementary Spanish course designed to foster development of the four essential skills of language acquisition: comprehension of spoken Spanish, reading comprehension, speaking and writing. The student will develop, review and expand skills acquired through assigned study and will collaborate with other learners to develop projects, write journals and participate in discussions.

General Educational Goals Addressed:
Upon completion student will be able...

  1. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.

  2. To develop an awareness of the contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world.

  3. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

Expected learning outcomes and related competencies:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...

1. Speak comprehensibly in the target language [TL].

2. Comprehend statements spoken in the TL.

3. Demonstrate comprehension of readings in the TL.

4. Write comprehensibly in the TL.

5. Demonstrate elementary knowledge of the global Hispanic culture.

6. Demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.


Outcome 1 - Student will speak comprehensibly in the target language.

Competency 1.1 Begin, sustain and close a brief conversation.

Competency 1.2 Ask and answer questions.

Competency 1.3 Speak in brief, but complete sentences.

Outcome 2 - Student will comprehend statements spoken in the TL.

Competency 2.1 Understand classroom instructions.

Competency 2.2 Understand classmates when they speak in TL during class activities.

Competency 2.3 Understand the main ideas in native speaker conversations during class activities.

Outcome 3 - Student will demonstrate comprehension of readings in the TL.

Competency 3.1 Guess the meaning of unknown words through cognate recognition, prefixes and suffixes and context clues.

Competency 3.2 Comprehend authentic materials containing basic vocabulary for thematic units studied.

Competency 3.3 Comprehend the main ideas in readings about material studied in class.

Outcome 4 - Student will write comprehensibly in the TL.

Competency 4.1 Write same information as oral exercises in class.

Competency 4.2 Write elementary paragraphs and narratives that could be understood by a native speaker..

Outcome 5 - Student will demonstrate elementary knowledge of global Hispanic culture.

Competency 5.1 Recognize and discuss cultural differences in material studied in class.

Competency 5.2 Understand origins of customs and traditions in other cultures.

Competency 5.3 Understand origins of customs and traditions in student's own culture.

Outcome 6 - Student will demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity.

Competency 6.1 Examine and reflect on personal and civic values and responsibilities in the global community.

Competency 6.2 Understand and develop sensitivity to language, values, customs and traditions of others.

Course topics and content requirements:

Preliminary - ¡Mucho gusto!

P.1 Greetings and goodbyes

P.2 Exchange of personal information - origin, age, address

P.3 Identify quantities of objects

P.4 Ask and answer questions

P.5 Numbers 0 to 30

P.6 Spanish Alphabet

P.7 Subject pronouns

P.8 Present Tense, Indicative Mood of verbs <ser> and <tener>

P.9 The verb <hay>

P.10 Formal v. informal 2nd person

P.11 Cultural reading: <Las Plazas>   

Chapter 1 - En una clase de español: los Estados Unidos:

1.1 People and things in the classroom

1.2 Relationships

1.3 Colors

1.4 Academic Courses

1.5 University Campus

1.6 Like to do; don't like to do

1.7 Telling Time

1.8 Days of the Week

1.9 Definite and Indefinite Articles

1.10 Number and Gender of Nouns

1.11 Present tense of regular -ar verbs

1.12 Spanish in the United States

1.13 Education in Latin America and Spain

1.14 The 24 hour system of telling time

Chapter 2 - En una reunión de familia: México

2.1 Family Relationships

2.2 Ownership and Possession

2.3 People and Nationality

2.4 Physical Description and Personality

2.5 Numbers from 30 to 100

2.6 Daily Activities at Home and School 

2.7 Possessive Adjectives

2.8 Possession with de(l) 

2.9 The verb ser

2.10 Agreement with descriptive adjectives

2.11 Present tense of -er and -ir verbs

2.12 The verb tener

2.13 Spanish names

2.14 The Hispanic Family

Chapter 3 - El tiempo libre en Colombia

3.1 Leisure-time activities

3.2 Express likes and dislikes

3.3 Express plans and intentions

3.4 Describe places and activities in town

3.5 Talk about months, seasons and weather

3.6 The verb gustar + infinitive

3.7 The verb gustar + nouns

3.8 The verb Ir + a + destination

3.9  The irregular yo verbs

3.10 The verbs saber, conocer and the personal a

3.11 Sports in the Hispanic World

3.12 The Café

Chapter 4 - En la casa: España

4.1 Home

4.2 Furniture and appliances

4.3 Household chores

4.4 Make commands

4.5 State locations

4.6 Describe feelings

4.7 Describe actions in progress

4.8 Numbers 100 and above

4.9 Present tense of stem-changing verbs (e>ie, o>ue, e>i)

4.10 More idioms with tener

4.11 Affirmative tú commands

4.12 The verb estar and the present progressive tense

4.13 Living in Latin America and Spain

Chapter 5 - La Salud: Bolivia y Paraguay

5.1 Parts of the body

5.2 Daily routines and personal hygiene

5.3 What you have just done

5.4 Illnesses and health conditions

5.5 Describing people, things and conditions

5.6 Pointing out people and things

5.7 Reflexive pronouns and reflexive verbs

5.8 The verb acabar de + infinitive

5.9 The verbs ser v. estar

5.10 Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns

5.11 Herbal traditions

5.12 Yerba mate and coca

Chapter 6 - ¿Quieres comer conmigo esta noche? Venezuela

6.1 Foods and beverages

6.2 Meals

6.3 Making comparisons

6.4 Ordering food

6.5 Dining out

6.6 Comparatives and superlatives

6.7 Verbs in the preterite tense

6.8 Verbs with changes in the preterite

6.9 La comida típica venezolana

6.10 Los postres venezolanos

6.11 Review

Chapter 7 - De compras: Argentina

7.1 Shopping for clothing

7.2 Emphatic statements of possession

7.3 Completed events in the past

7.4 Ongoing events in the past

7.5 Clothing and fashion

7.6 Irregular verbs in the preterite tense

7.7 Object pronouns

7.8 The imperfect tense

7.9 De compras en Buenos Aires

7.10 El tango argentino

Instructional methods:

Conversational modeling in TL

Group work


Audio practice tracks

Voice recording response to audio prompts

Electronic flash cards

Electronic dasher drills

Web quests

Class discussion


Oral presentations


Question and answers

Instructional materials:

1. Text - Plazas - Lugar de encuentros with Heinle Learning Center*, 4th edition.

Robert Hershberger, Susan Navey-Davis, Guiomar Borrás A.

ISBN: 978-0-495-91379-5, Boston: Thomson-Heinle, 2012.
* This is an electronic book key code included with the text in a course text bundle in the IVCC Book Store

2. BlackBoard Course Shell

Student requirements and methods of evaluation:

1. Summative Assessments - These assessments measure student progress against course objectives and contribute to the course grade.
1.1. Participation in online class collaboration and timely delivery of assignments

1.2. Journals

1.3. Assignments from text and resources

1.4. Minimum 2 hours per study unit from menu of homework activity options

1.5. Group work

1.6. Capstone Project Group Performance

1.7. Oral and written assessments

2. Formative Assessments - These assessments are not for grades; instead, they provide information to help students to learn and the instructor to teach.
2.1 Pre-Examination
Classroom Assessment Techniques [CATs]

3. IVCC Grading Scale: <60%=F, 60-69%=D, 70-79%=C, 80-89%=B, 90-100%=A

Other references:

http://www.thomsonedu.com/spanish/plazas publisher web site

National Learning Standards for World Languages

updated 05/24/2015-amp


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