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Spanish One

Course NumberSPA 111
Credits4
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours60
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3; or instructor permission. Introduces basic grammatical structures and vocabulary of modern spoken and written Spanish and correct pronunciation patterns by means of oral-aural practice, small group interaction, reading of simple texts, and written exercises. Introduces certain aspects of Hispanic culture and the differences between the Spanish and the English languages. Requires supplemental (outside of class) listening, reading, speaking, and written work using ancillary materials and the textbook’s Internet site. Intended for students with no previous formal study in Spanish. A diagnostic test will be given to determine proper SPA course placement. (60-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate expressive and receptive skills appropriate to 1st semester Novice / Elementary Spanish.
Objectives:
  1. Use the present tense of regular and some irregular verbs in formulaic conversations about topics covered in the text.
  2. Describe persons and objects, including possession, demonstrating knowledge of gender and number rules.
  3. Express likes, dislikes, wants, and needs.
  4. Develop strategies for expressing the future tense: Use of the present tense and adverbs of time / use of the ir + a + infinitive construction.
  5. Practice the ability to avoid repetition by using pronouns.
  6. Ask and answer, affirmatively and negatively, simple questions about oneself and others.
  7. Read a passage of text in Spanish to gather information and demonstrate understanding of the passage.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to write a brief paragraph in Spanish, using grammatical concepts, correct syntax, and vocabulary from the text.
  9. Recall and use vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions that will permit the receptive and expressive skills mentioned above.

Compare and contrast differences between one's own culture and Hispanic cultures in a sensitive and informed manner.
Objectives:
  1. Differentiate between formal and informal speech.
  2. Use formal and informal speech appropriately for the elementary/novice level.
  3. Identify several Spanish speaking countries and regions.
  4. Describe the connections between Spanish language and culture in the classroom and the global community.
  5. Develop the ability to make sensitive cultural comparisons.
  6. Compare some of the differences between the Spanish and the English language, including but not limited to, syntax and grammatical gender differences.




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