Spanish I

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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).

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Spanish I   +$249.00
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Proctoring   +$0.00
SPAN eTextbook (a $108.36 value)   +$0.00
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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


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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.

Topic Topic Title Subtopics Objectives
1 Ante todo
  • Greetings and courtesy
  • The Spanish alphabet
  • Describing yourself and others
  • Numbers 0-30
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Telling time
  • La geografía del mundo hispano
  • To say hello and goodbye, 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 don’t 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 América
  • 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 ver ser
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Vers that end in -er and -ir, subject pronounts
  • 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 express to be in 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 1000
  • 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 express to go and to talk about future actions.
  • To learn about two Central American countries that large indigenous populations.
5 En clase
  • Parts of a house and furniture
  • Days of the week
  • Prepositions of time
  • The verbs hacer, oir, 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 express to be.
  • To compare people, things, and actions.
  • To learn about a Central America 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 express to know in Spanish.
  • To express what and whom and to avoid repetition.
  • To express undefined concepts like some or anyone and to express negative concepts like none.
  • 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 whome(m).
  • To express likes and dislikes.
  • To start talking about the past.< li>
  • To learn about a Caribbean island nation that loves mergengue, beaches, and baseball.
9 Los días festivos
  • Celebrations
  • Emotions
  • Irregular preterites
  • The preterite of stem-changing verbs
  • Direct and indirect objection 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 Review Topic
  • Review

There are no prerequisites to take Spanish I.

The required eTextbook for this course is included with your course purchase at no additional cost. More information on StraighterLine eTextbooks

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This course does not require a text.

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:

TopicAssessmentPoints Available
A-1Plagiarism/Google Translate Quiz10
2Graded Exam #160
3Writing Assignment I: Mi familia50
4Graded Exam #260
4Oral Assignment I100
6Graded Exam #360
9Graded Exam #460
9Written Assignment II: Una celebració n memorable50
9Oral Assignment II100
10Final Written50
10Final Oral100
10Final Exam300
Total 1000

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