First Year Spanish-First Term
Course Number: SPA 101
Transcript Title: First Year Spanish-First Term
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Emphasizes active communication in beginning Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. For beginners. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
- Manage basic interactions, in both oral and written forms, in highly predictable settings using basic vocabulary in the present tense.
- Develop circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating a limited number of real world situations in Spanish.
- Recognize linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one’s own culture.
- Identify selected historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art, music, film and/or performing arts in the target language.
- Acquire strategies for analyzing authentic materials in the target language.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:
- Active participation in class.
- Individual presentations.
- Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural, and aural competencies.
- Oral interviews with partner or instructor.
- In class, interactive student role-plays.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Include all or most of the following:
- Greetings, introductions and leave-takings.
- Age and nationality.
- Location and capitals of the Spanish speaking world.
- Physical and personality descriptions.
- Personal interests and activities.
- Family members.
- Hispanic last names.
- Time and weather.
- Classes and studies and professions.
- Gender and noun/adjective agreement.
- Regular and some irregular verbs in present, immediate future and resent progressive.
- Definite and indefinite articles.
- Descriptive, possessive and demonstrative adjectives.
- Describing states of being.
Competencies and Skills
- Manages introductions, leave taking, and exchanges basic personal information in a culturally appropriate manner.
- Describes self and others: personality, physical attributes, and emotions.
- Describes weather and states date and time.
- Makes statements about daily activities, and likes and dislikes.
- Describes plans for future activities.
- Recognizes basic cultural and linguistic differences in the Spanish-speaking world.
- Formulates simple questions and answers.
- Identifies and names people and objects.
- Writes lists and discrete sentences.
- Reads and understands the main ideas in texts using abundant cognates.