First Year Spanish-Second Term

Course Number: SPA 102
Transcript Title: First Year Spanish-Second Term
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 17, 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


SPA 101 or instructor permission, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test.

Prerequisite / Concurrent

Course Description

Continues the work of SPA 101. Emphasizes active communication in Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, and culture. Prerequisites: Completion of SPA 101 or instructor permission; MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Manage common interactions, in both oral and written forms, in predictable settings using the present and beginning work in the past tense.
  2. Apply circumlocution and inference skills, at a beginning level, when navigating selected real world situations in Spanish.
  3. Identify a limited range of linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world and how it differs and/or relates to one’s own culture.
  4. Apply a limited understanding of selected historical and cultural movements in the target culture through exposure to literature, art and performing arts in the target language.
  5. Apply some 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 and group 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 102 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. Careers and activities at work
  2. Domestic settings and activities
  3. Comparisons and superlatives
  4. Food, cooking and restaurant settings
  5. Food in the Spanish speaking world
  6. Direct and indirect object pronouns
  7. Expressing obligation and duty
  8. Expressing plans for the future
  9. Geography and climates
  10. Transportation and traveling
  11. Holidays and celebrations of the Spanish speaking world
  12. Pastimes
  13. Parts of the body, health, personal care and habits
  14. Reflexives verbs
  15. Preterit and imperfect
  16. Commands

Competencies and Skills

  1. Manages very basic interactions in restaurants, shops, domestic settings, travel related environments.
  2. Discusses future plans and preferences
  3. Describes daily routine
  4. Begins to talk about past events and childhood
  5. Follows basic directions
  6. Recognizes cultural and linguistic differences in the Spanish-speaking world.
  7. Formulates questions and answers.
  8. Identifies and names people and objects.
  9. Writes strings of sentences
  10. Reads and understands the main ideas in simple texts
  11. Comprehends slow native speech in a highly contextual setting