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Thompson Rivers University

SPAN 1001: Introduction to Spanish I

This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the language to begin their study of Spanish at the university level. The course emphasizes a communicative approach to acquiring written and oral language skills. A variety of learning activities are included, with emphasis on a creative approach to generating authentic written and oral communication in Spanish. A combination of reading, writing, viewing, listening, and speaking enables students to acquire a basic knowledge of Spanish quickly and effectively. Students are also introduced to the diverse cultural contexts in which Spanish is spoken and emphasizes the cultural differences among Spain, Central America, and South America. Upon successful completion, students are expected to demonstrate a CEFR A1 level of proficiency.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing at a beginner's level in a range of everyday situations.
  • Introduce yourself and others.
  • Participate in simple conversations on topics such as family, the weather, food, and travel.
  • Ask for and give directions.
  • Ask for explanations.
  • Ask simple questions and respond to straightforward requests.
  • Ask for and give opinions.
  • Describe a person, an event, or a situation.
  • Use idiomatic expressions.
  • Discuss basic aspects of Hispanic culture.

Course topics

  • Unit 1-Lección 1: ¿Hola, Qué Tal?
  • Unit 2-Lección 2: En la Universidad
  • Unit 3-Lección 3: La Familia
  • Unit 4-Lección 4: Los Pasatiempos
  • Unit 5-Lección 5: Las Vacaciones
  • Unit 6-Lección 6: ¡De compras!

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Blanco, J., & Donley, P. (2020). Vistas: Introducción a la lengua española (6th Student ed.) with Supersite PLUS and Web Student Activity Manual. Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning.
    Type: Textbook Bundle. ISBN: 9781543304398

Note: Supersite PLUS is a required item for this course.

Additional requirements

Access to a computer with sound and access to the Internet is required in order to use the SuperSite online resource for the successful completion of this course. Access to digital audio recording tools (computer with microphone) is required for the third oral assignment. (Directions to free software for audio recording are included in the course materials.)


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory written and oral exams.

Written Assignment 1: Lección 1 5%
Written Assignment 2: Lección 2 5%
Written Assignment 3: Lección 3 5%
Written Assignment 4: Lección 4 5%
Written Assignment 5: Lección 5 5%
Written Assignment 6: Lección 6 5%
Oral Assignment 1: Lecciónes 1 y 2 5%
Oral Assignment 2: Lecciónes 3 y 4 7.5%
Oral Assignment 3: Lecciónes 5 y 6 7.5%
Final Written Exam (mandatory) 40%
Final Oral Exam (mandatory) 10%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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