SPAN& 121 Spanish I • 5 Cr.
Introduces the fundamentals of vocabulary and grammar focusing on the development of four basic skills: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on active communication aimed at the development of oral and comprehension skills. Various aspects of Hispanic culture are presented. Format includes extensive audio and Internet usage. After successful completion, students are encouraged to continue with SPAN& 122.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate listening comprehension skills by writing in the target language what is heard, by answering questions related to the information given in a monologue, a dialogue or an interview provided by native speakers of different Spanish-speaking countries.
- Demonstrate speaking ability by utilizing vocabulary and basic grammatical constructions in a prompted dialogue, an interview, or in open-ended questions. Produce original dialogues during pair/group activities and role-playing. Ask questions with proper intonation and provide general information in the present tense.
- Demonstrate reading comprehension skills by answering questions orally or in writing after reading a passage in the target language; deduce meaning about what was read by making educated guesses using cognates and context to assist in the comprehension process.
- Demonstrate writing ability by creating simple yet grammatically correct affirmative, interrogative, and negative sentences using the present tense or present progressive for role-play situations or for descriptive paragraphs, with few spelling errors.
- Identify basic cultural information through the introduction of theme-specific vocabulary, the description and recognition of photographs, as well as by viewing authentic video material centered on the world of the target language. Recognize both differences and similarities between the cultures.
- Demonstrate knowledge of parts of speech by correctly identifying verbs tenses, distinguishing between regular and irregular verbs, and recognizing some pronouns categories; show noun-verb and noun-adjective agreement, and distinguish formal and informal situations; recognize and accurately use nouns, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.