SPAN 1001

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Elementary Spanish I
Spanish SPAN 1001
Three (3) semester hours
Catalog description:
SPAN 1001. Elementary Spanish I. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in
Spanish and to the culture of Spanish-speaking regions. Not open to students with two or more
years of high school Spanish. Prerequisite: Designed for students with no previous knowledge of
Spanish. Not open to native speakers. Laboratory work required. (3-0-3)
General: To provide novice language learners with the basic listening, speaking, reading, and
writing skills required for survival in a Hispanic environment. In the process, students will also
be introduced to a variety of geographic, economic, literary, and socio-cultural aspects of the
world's diverse Hispanic peoples.
Specific: To give students basic conversational skills, including: Spanish greetings, forms of
address, the present indicative of regular verbs, and of common irregular verbs; the preterite of
same; how to ask for directions and purchase food or clothing; numbers up to the millions; names
of essential body parts and how to express what ails them; Hispanic family nomenclature,
cohesiveness and mores; object pronouns; possessives and demonstrative.
Course outline/content:
Introduction to pronunciation; accentuation; social introductions; the verb ser
Asking questions and making simple responses; telling time; the verb ir; classroom terms
Numbers to 100; expressing possession; descriptive and national adjectives; the verb tener; the
The verb estar for placement and status’ statements; descriptive status’ adjectives
The present indicative or -ar, -er and -ir verbs; foods
Interrogative adverbs; Hispanic customs surrounding meals; the verb gustar
The personal a; irregular 1st person verbs; sports and human anatomy; Spain
Talking about the seasons and weather; verbs with stem changes; the near future
Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns; possession with de; possessive adjectives and pronouns;
Higher numbers; setting dates; hace...que to express activity that has gone on for X amount of
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time; the present progressive
Impersonal statements with se; the regular preterite tense; orienting oneself in town
Preterites with stem changes; direct object pronouns; banking and monetary terms
Irregular preterite verbs; hace...que for events concluded X time ago; the countryside; Mexico
Verbs that resemble gustar; contiguous direct and indirect object pronouns; negative and
affirmative adverbs and particles
Review; final exam
Methods of instruction:
Lectures, pattern drills, verbal question and answer sessions, picture interpretations in Spanish,
pre-reading exercises, readings out loud in Spanish, followed by questions on content, timely
discussions of current affairs in Spain and Latin America.
Teaching aids:
Maps, audio-cassettes, CD-Roms, filmstrips, transparencies, video cassettes, current realia,
computer software, and occasional handouts.
Evaluation procedures:
Written laboratory assignments
Bi-monthly tests requiring both aural comprehension
and writing skills
An individual oral interview near quarter's end
A written final examination with an aural comprehension
15% of grade
50% of grade
10% of grade
25% of grade
Dawson and Dawson. Dicho y hecho (latest edition). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Dawson and Dawson. Dicho y hecho: Beginning Spanish Workbook. New York: John Wiley
and Sons.
Supplemental materials
Audio cassettes reinforcing Dicho y hecho
Computer software reinforcing Dicho y hecho
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Standards for Foreign Language
Learning; preparing for the 21st Century. Yonkers: ACTFL, 1996
Freed, Barbara, ed. Foreign Language Association Research and the Classroom. Lexington,
MA: D.C. Heath, 1991.
Navarro, Tomás, Tomás. Manual de pronunciación española, 22nd ed. Madrid, 1985.
Schmitt, Conrad J. Schaum's Spanish Grammar, 3rd ed. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1989.
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Spinelli, Emily. English Grammar for Students of Spanish, 3rd ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Olivia &
Hill, 1995.
Stockwell, R. P. The Sounds of English and Spanish. Chicago: U. of Ch. Pr., 1965.