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Fall 2018

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SPA101 - Elementary Spanish 1

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Develops Spanish listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the novice level. Develops cultural awareness and introduces concepts of cultural diversity and tolerance. Emphasizes ability to use and understand basic Spanish in context. See placement guidelines on Advisement Homepage. Instructor determines final placement.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Speaking: Employ effective everyday speaking skills such as asking and answering questions, carrying on basic conversations and making brief oral presentations. Demonstrate oral proficiency and the ability to engage in spontaneous communication using productive and receptive skills in the target language at the novice level through completion of an oral exam that will be formally evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.*
2. Listening: Identify objects, times, dates and people and comprehend questions, short passages and dialogs.
3. Reading: Answer questions about short passages such as advertisements, short dialogs, paragraphs, letters, and news articles.
4. Writing: Write comprehensible journals, dialogs and/or paragraphs using vocabulary studied in class. At least one of which will be an essay or dialog of at least 100 words that will be formally evaluated using a grading rubric.
5. Culture: Identify strategies to successfully interact in a culturally diverse workplace and world. Discuss and describe key aspects of Hispanic, Latin and/or Spanish culture and traditions through the completion of a project based on course topics including an informative essay in the target language of at least 100 words that will be evaluated using a standardized grading rubric.*

Each course objective will be evaluated through a minimum of two formally evaluated assignments. Each course will include a minimum of five homework assignments or quizzes and two closed-book exams. In online courses a synchronous oral evaluation may replace the closed book exams.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
I. SKILLS
Greetings/leave taking, stating factual information, making inquiries; identifying objects, persons, places; reporting information, getting to know one another, requesting repetition, making inquiries, expressing needs and feelings, agreement/disagreement, gratitude, want/desire, making requests, apologizing, planning simple social activities.*
II. VOCABULARY TOPICS
Personal identification, likes and dislikes, education, and studies, numbers, family life, food and restaurant, free time, sports, travel, weather, days, dates, and daily routine.*
III. GRAMMAR TOPICS
Gender, word order, agreement, questions, present tense of regular verbs, stem changing verbs, ser" vs. "estar", possession, time, negative expressions, near future, spelling, pronunciation, and "gustar".*
IV. CULTURAL TOPICS
Geography of the Hispanic World, holidays and celebrations, music, art, cultural concepts such as “self” and “other,” living in a multi-cultural society, working with speakers of other languages.*
V. PROFICIENCY LEVELS
A. LISTENING
Comprehends simple statements and questions, understands the main idea of longer passages. May require various repetitions and slow, clear pronunciation.
B.SPEAKING
Participates in simple conversations, makes brief presentations. Frequent errors may occur but do not generally interfere with the main idea.
C. READING
Understands simple readings that cover topics dealt with in class. Makes use of cognates and visual clues to gain meaning from unfamiliar material.
D. WRITING
Composes well-organized, simple paragraphs and dialogs dealing with topics covered in class. Errors in spelling and grammar may occur but do not generally interfere with meaning.

*Topics covered will vary slightly depending on the text adopted by the Spanish faculty.

Effective Term: Fall 2016