First Year Spanish-First Term

Course Number: SPA 101
Transcript Title: First Year Spanish-First Term
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Emphasizes active communication in beginning Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. For beginners. First term of a three-term sequence in First Year Spanish. Prerequisite: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available. 

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Manage basic interactions, in both oral and written forms, in highly predictable settings using basic vocabulary in the present tense.
  2. Develop circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating a limited number of real world situations in Spanish.
  3. Recognize linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one’s own culture.
  4. Identify selected historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art, music, film and/or performing arts in the target language.
  5. Acquire strategies for analyzing authentic materials in the target language.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by any combination of the following:

  1. Active participation in class.
  2. Individual presentations.
  3. Contextual written tasks (in or outside of class) to assess reading, writing, cultural, and aural competencies.
  4. Oral interviews with partner or instructor.
  5. In class, interactive student role-plays.

Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare oral and written homework assignments.  Students may work with bundled/web media or meetings with the instructor.  After the introduction to the course, Spanish will be used in the classroom at all times.  Students should plan to spend about one hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour. 

Spanish 101 emphasizes the acquisition and correct use of pronunciation, grammatical structures and cultural concepts for the purpose of communication in Spanish.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Greetings, introductions and leave-takings.
  2. Age and nationality.
  3. Location and capitals of the Spanish speaking world.
  4. Physical and personality descriptions.
  5. Personal interests and activities.
  6. Family members.
  7. Hispanic last names.
  8. Time and weather.
  9. Classes and studies and professions.
  10. Gender and noun/adjective agreement.
  11. Regular and some irregular verbs in present, immediate future and resent progressive.
  12. Numbers.
  13. Definite and indefinite articles.
  14. Descriptive, possessive and demonstrative adjectives.
  15. Describing states of being.

Competencies and Skills

  1. Manages introductions, leave taking, and exchanges basic personal information in a culturally appropriate manner.
  2. Describes self and others: personality, physical attributes, and emotions.
  3. Describes weather and states date and time.
  4. Makes statements about daily activities, and likes and dislikes.
  5. Describes plans for future activities.
  6. Recognizes basic cultural and linguistic differences in the Spanish-speaking world.
  7. Formulates simple questions and answers.
  8. Identifies and names people and objects.
  9. Writes lists and discrete sentences.
  10. Reads and understands the main ideas in texts using abundant cognates.