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.
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.
- 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 materials are required for this course:
- Blanco, J., & Donley, P. (2016). VISTAS: Introducción a la lengua española (5th
student ed., + Supersite + WebSAM. Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning.
Type: Text Bundle.
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
|Written Assignment 2
|Written Assignment 3
|Written Assignment 4
|Written Assignment 5
|Written Assignment 6
|Oral Assignment 1
|Oral Assignment 2
|Oral Assignment 3
|Final Written Exam (mandatory)
|Final Oral Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.