Beginning Spanish

Western Texas College
Department of Languages

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description—Basic Spanish language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a cultural framework. Students will acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the beginner level. This course is 4-hour credit college course. 
    2. Prerequisites—Student should have proficiency in reading and writing. 
  2. Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Engage in conversations using level-appropriate grammatical structures including narrating events that take place in the present and producing questions and responses on a variety  of topics dealing with everyday life. 
    2. Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish.
    3. Write simple sentences and organize them into short paragraphs. 
    4. Read and comprehend level-appropriate texts. 
    5. Identify and discuss traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world. 
    6. Compare and contrast the traditions, customs and values of the Hispanic world with  characteristics of their own culture.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Quizzes:  Students will complete objective quizzes covering each of the major concepts.   The format of these exams will vary.
    2. Participation: Students are required to participate In classroom discussions in English and Spanish, as well as speak Spanish conversationally.
    3. Journals: Students will submit journals every week.  There will two journals, a written journal and a video journal.
    4. Practice: Students will have practice on relevant websites and practice sheets.
    5. Projects: Students will have relevant miniprojects due throughout the semester.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials:
    1. Anda! Curso elemental, Plus MySpanishLab -- Access Card Package, 3/E Glynis L. Cowell Audrey L. Heining-Boynton ISBN-13: 9780134293370 Publisher: Pearson Copyright: 2017
    2. Computer: Student will need a computer with microphone and webcam or video recorder that can be uploaded.
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental policy regarding late/make up work
  6. Course Organization and Schedule**
Week 1

Introduction & Orientation  (Chapters One & Two)
Personal Poem Project
            Review present tense
            Descriptive adjectives & adjective agreement
            Verbs like gustar

Week 2

School Verbs and School Supplies (Chapters One & Two)
Direct object pronouns
Review present progressive, imperfect, future with ir

Week 3

Chapter Six, Chapter Eight
            Regular preterite

Week 4

Continuation of week three concepts 
Chapter Nine
Culture: Ninos Heroes and Dieciseis de septiembre
Stem-changer preterite
Writing—summary of the two holidays
Video journal—favorite holiday/celebration and why

Week 5

Chapter Three
Vocabulary--Review families/personal relationships
Grammar—demonstrative adjectives
Irregular preterite

Week 6

Chapter Five
Excursion vocabulary
Possessive adjectives: stressed and regular
Ser v. estar

Week 7

Vocabulary  Animals/nature/environment
Comparatives and superlatives

Week 8

Verbs like gustar
Imperfect review
Comparative of preterite and imperfect

Week 9

Storytelling vocabulary
Continuation of preterite and imperfect

Week 10

Culture: Dia de los Muertos

Week 11

Professions/job market
Writing a resume
Holding an interview
Impersonal ‘se’                                       

Week 12

Chapter Six
Clothing and shopping
Saber and conocer
Indirect object pronouns
Double object pronouns

Week 13

Continuation of week 12

Week 14

Chapter Ten

  • Health and medical terms
  • Parts of the body
  • Symptoms and medical conditions
  • Health professions
  • The imperfect tense
  • The preterite and the imperfect
  • Constructions with ‘se’
  • Adverbs

Week 15


Week 16

Final Exam



Last Modified: September 21, 2017