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SPAN 1011: Introduction to Spanish II

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.


Upon successful completion of SPAN 1011, you will be able to use Spanish oral and written language skills effectively to:

  • Order a meal in a restaurant.
  • Communicate about social events and emotions.
  • Conduct simple business transactions.
  • Describe physical states, health, and medical conditions.
  • Talk about using common contemporary technologies.
  • Talk about home-related activities and situations.
  • Discuss the natural environment and related issues.
  • Use preterite, imperfect, reflexive, and subjunctive verb tenses correctly.
  • Use various pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, and interrogatives correctly.
  • Use idiomatic expressions in appropriate contexts.
  • Discuss basic cultural, geographical, historical, and economic facts about North, Central, and South American countries.

Course outline

SPAN 1011: Introduction to Spanish II includes the following seven units, each of which focus on an important aspect of contemporary daily life and provide learning activities that will help you develop proficiency in related vocabulary, grammar, reading, and written composition:

  • Unit 1: Lección 7--La rutina diaria
  • Unit 2: Lección 8--La comida
  • Unit 3: Lección 9--Las fiestas
  • Unit 4: Lección 10--En el consultorio
  • Unit 5: Lección 11--La tecnología
  • Unit 6: Lección 12--La vivienda
  • Unit 7: Lección 13--La naturaleza

Required text and materials

This is a companion course to SPAN 1001. Therefore, the materials package for this course will not include any materials that were required in SPAN 1001.

If you did not take SPAN 1001 and don't already own the required materials, please be aware that you will need to purchase them. To do so, contact Student Services.

Blanco, J., & Donley, P.. VISTAS: Introducción a la lengua española. 5th student ed., + Supersite PLUS + WebSAM + Students Activities Manual + Answer Key. Boston, MA: Vista Higher Learning, 2016.
Type: ISBN 978-1-68004-198-9 (text bundle)

Additional requirements

Access to a computer with speakers and microphone (or a headset) and access to the Internet is required in order to use the SuperSite online resource for the successful completion of this course.


To pass the course, students must achieve a minimum of 50% on the mandatory final oral and written exams, as well as 50% in the course overall.

The final grade is calculated as follows:

Unit 1: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 2: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 2: Oral Assignment 1 3%
Unit 3: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 4: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 4: Oral Assignment 2 3%
Unit 5: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 5: Oral Assignment 3 3%
Unit 6: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 7: Written Assignment 4%
Unit 7: Oral Assignment 4 3%
Final Written Examination * 50%
Final Oral Examination * 10%
Total 100%


Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.

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