Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SPA 101
Course Title:
First Year Spanish - First Term
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Course Description

Emphasizes active communication in beginning Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. For beginners. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should 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.

Course Activities and Design

After the introduction to the course, Spanish will be used in the classroom at all times.

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 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.