Spanish I

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Course Number: SPAN101
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Introduction to the Spanish language. Emphasis is placed on auditory comprehension, basic speech production, reading comprehension, and composition. Grammar and vocabulary are taught through dynamic immersion and textbook reading and assignments, the focus is on using Spanish as a means of communication. Present, future, preterit, and imperfect tenses will be introduced.

Rosetta Stone software will be used to enhance students' oral and written understanding of the language (integrated into course interface).

This course utilizes McGraw Hill's textbook offerings and Rosetta Stone's award winning language learning software.  The web-based materials from Rosetta Stone are best accessed with a headset (headphones and mic). You may purchase any compatible device, Rosetta Stone also has one available for purchase, please click this link for their option.

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  • 8/11/13 by alir.shaw91
    It is a good self-paced course. Study hard and prepare well. The book will help you a lot with your tests. However, this course can be difficult if you do not spend the proper time studying and/or getting toured/helped. Nothing compares to having someone teach you than you teach yourself--as far as foreign language goes.
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  • 8/1/13 by stephensonl
    Great
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  • 7/25/13 by maryahrebecca
    A good overview of Spanish for the beginner. I learned a great amount that will be very helpful in getting me on my way to fluency. The tutoring, textbook, and assignments were great to help me along and I really recommend the Puntos de partida that is utilized in this course.
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  • 7/13/13 by brockbaker_25
    Study your book, and use Rosetta Stone
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  • 4/28/13 by mauricec94
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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Greet others
  • Request and give personal information (name, age, where they live, telephone number, etc.)
  • Identify numbers 0-1000 out of sequence
  • Describe immediate family
  • Describe people (personality and physical characteristics) and animals in simple terms
  • Tell time
  • Tell dates and days of week for events
  • Discuss their likes and dislikes
  • Talk about feelings
  • Describe their house and the town in which they live
  • Describe their daily routine
  • Describe life as a university student
  • Describe the weather
  • Describe eating, shopping, and travel experiences
  • Address people formally and informally
  • Talk on the telephone
  • Comprehend simple texts in Spanish that relate to Unit topics
  • Narrate in the present tense
  • Narrate in the preterit tense
  • Narrate in the imperfect tense
  • Describe future events and actions
  • Identify some characteristics of Hispanic countries (history, food, geography, etc.)
  • Describe some Hispanic customs and traditions and compare them to those of the United States

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Topic

Subtopics

Objectives

1

Ante todo

  • Greetings and courtesy
  • The Spanish alphabet
  • Describing yourself and others
  • Numbers 0-30
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Telling time
  • La geografa del mundo hispano
  • To say hello and good-bye, meet others, and be polite
  • To spell in Spanish and learn the basics of Spanish pronunciation
  • To tell what you and others are like
  • To count in Spanish
  • To express what you like and dont like
  • To tell time in Spanish
  • To learn about the global importance of Spanish and about the geography of Spanish-speaking areas

2

En la universidad

  • Classroom vocabulary
  • Academic subjects
  • Diphthongs and linking
  • Singular and plural nouns, gender and articles
  • Verbs that end in ar, subject pronouns
  • Questions
  • Los Estados Unidos de Amrica
  • To talk about your academic environment and what you are studying
  • To learn more about Spanish pronunciation
  • To name people, places, things, and ideas
  • To express actions
  • To form questions in several ways
  • To learn about the important Hispanic presence in the United States

3

La familia

  • Family vocabulary
  • Adjectives
  • Numbers 31-100
  • Adjective endings
  • The verb ser
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Verbs that end in er and ir, subject pronouns
  • México
  • To talk about the members of your family and tell what they are like
  • To count in Spanish
  • To describe people, places, things, and ideas
  • To expressto bein many contexts
  • To express possession (what someone has)
  • To express actions
  • To learn about Mexico and Mexican culture

4

De compras

  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Numbers 100 and up to 103
  • Demonstratives (this, that, and so on)
  • The verbs tener, venir, poder, preferir, querer
  • The verb ir and ir + a + infinitive
  • Guatemala and Honduras
  • To talk about clothing items and shopping
  • To count in Spanish
  • To point out things at different distances
  • To express actions
  • To expressto goand to talk about future actions
  • To learn about two Central American countries that have large indigenous populations

5

En clase

  • Parts of a house and furniture
  • Days of the week
  • Prepositions of time
  • The verbs hacer, or, poner, salir, traer, ver Present tense of stem-changing verbs
  • El Salvador and Nicaragua
  • To talk about where you live
  • To talk about your routine
  • To express actions
  • To express reflexive actions (self/selves) and to talk about your daily routine
  • To learn about two Central American countries that are rich in natural diversity.

6

Las estaciones y el tiempo

  • The weather
  • Months and seasons
  • Prepositions of place
  • Present progressive (-ing)
  • Ser and estar
  • Comparisons
  • Costa Rica
  • To talk about the weather and the yearly calendar
  • To locate things in relation to other things
  • To express actions that are happening right now.
  • To summarize everything you know about two Spanish verbs that expressto be
  • To compare people, things, and actions
  • To learn about a Central American country that has a long and peaceful democracy

7

¡A comer!

  • Foods and meals
  • Saber and conocer
  • Direct object pronouns and the personal a
  • Indefinite and negative words
  • Formal commands
  • Panamá
  • To talk about food and eating habits
  • To expressto knowin Spanish
  • To express what and whom and to avoid repetition
  • To express undefined concepts like someoranyoneand to express negative concepts likenone
  • To give directions and orders
  • To learn about the Central American country that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by means of a canal

8

De viaje

  • Traveling
  • Vacations
  • Indirect object pronouns
  • Gustar
  • The preterite
  • La República Dominicana
  • To talk about travel to places you would like to visit and to those you do
  • To express to and for who(m)
  • To express likes and dislikes
  • To start talking about the past
  • To learn about a Caribbean island nation that loves merengue, beaches, and baseball

9

Los das festivos

  • Celebrations
  • Emotions
  • Irregular preterites
  • The preterite of stem-changing verbs
  • Direct and indirect object pronouns together
  • Cuba
  • To talk about holidays and other special events
  • To talk about feelings
  • To continue talking about the past
  • To avoid repetition
  • To learn about a Caribbean island nation with an interesting political history

10

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  • Review
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There are no prerequisites to take Spanish I.

Required Textbook: This course has assigned reading.

Title: Puntos de partida: An Invitation to Spanish eTextbook

ISBN: 9781259244940

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Assigned reading material as part of taking this online course.
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Students may wish to purchase a English/Spanish dictionary to help with their studying.

Also, Rosetta Stone software will be used to enhance students oral and written understanding of the language (integrated into course interface).

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 1000 points in the course:

Topic

Assessment

Points Available

2

Graded Exam #1

75

3

Sentence Completion Quiz

10*

3

Writing Assignment I: Mi familia

75

4

Graded Exam #2

75

Oral Assignment I

75

4

Graded Midterm Exam

150

6

Graded Exam #3

75

9

Graded Exam #4

75

Written Assignment II: Una celebración memorable

75

Oral Assignment II

75

10

3 Part Graded Final Exam: Written, Oral, Multiple Choice

250

Total

1000


You are required to take an online proctored final exam in order to be eligible for transfer credit. You can take your proctored final exam at home or anywhere you have access to a webcam with a microphone and a reliable, high-speed internet connection. For additional questions, please refer to the FAQ on Online Proctoring or contact your student advisors at 877-787-8375.

Introduction to the Spanish language. Emphasis is placed on auditory comprehension, basic speech production, reading comprehension, and composition. Grammar and vocabulary are taught through dynamic immersion and textbook reading and assignments, the focus is on using Spanish as a means of communication. Present, future, preterit, and imperfect tenses will be introduced.

Rosetta Stone software will be used to enhance students' oral and written understanding of the language (integrated into course interface).

This course utilizes McGraw Hill's textbook offerings and Rosetta Stone's award winning language learning software.  The web-based materials from Rosetta Stone are best accessed with a headset (headphones and mic). You may purchase any compatible device, Rosetta Stone also has one available for purchase, please click this link for their option.

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