Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SPA 111A
Course Title:
First Year Spanish Conversation
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Course Description

Practice of structures and vocabulary of first year Spanish in a conversational format. Recommended: First year Spanish at the college level or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

SPA 111A is a first-year level course designed for students who wish to improve their ability to converse in Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to practice the structures and vocabulary they have worked with in their first-year Spanish courses. This course also provides review for students who are entering a second-year Spanish class. This is a three-credit transferable course, and it counts as an elective toward associate degrees.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student:

  • communicates using common interactions in predictable settings and uses basic vocabulary, present tense and some present perfect tense forms
  • begins to apply language-learning skills to various real-life situations
  • recognizes and begins to appreciate linguistic and cultural diversity within the Spanish speaking world

Course Activities and Design

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

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students may be assessed by any combination of the following:

  1. Active participation in class in the target language
  2. Short individual oral presentations
  3. Short frequent contextual written tasks
  4. In-class, interactive student role plays with a partner or in small groups
  5. Oral interviews with instructor

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Include all or most of the following:

  1. Greetings, introductions and leave-takings
  2. Asking and giving names and personal descriptions, personal data
  3. Basic vocabulary including some or all, but not limited to, the following: clothing, colors, numbers, alphabet and spelling, body parts, family, weather and seasons, expressions of time, food and drink
  4. Origin and nationality
  5. Hobbies and free time, talents and plans for the future
  6. School and university
  7. Responsibilities
  8. Birthdays and holidays
  9. Daily routines, use of reflexive verbs
  10. General geography and information regarding Spanish speaking countries. (these concepts are not necessarily presented here in the order presented in class; presentation depends largely on the makeup of the student population in a specific course)

Competencies and skills:
The student will:

  1. Manage introductions, leave-taking and exchange basic personal information in a culturally appropriate manner
  2. Describe self and others: personality, physical attributes and emotions, weather and states date, time, year, and season
  3. Make statements about daily activities, likes and dislikes
  4. Recognize the wide diversity in culture and language between Spanish speaking countries
  5. Formulate simple questions and answers
  6. Appreciates the importance of speaking without continual monitoring for mistakes as part of the process of learning to communicate in Spanish at a basic level.