Beginning Spanish

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description—Continued development of basic Spanish language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a cultural framework. Students acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to communicate and comprehend at the high beginner to low intermediate level. 
    2. Prerequisites—SPA 1411 or equivalent.
  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 past.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of level-appropriate spoken Spanish produced by Spanish  speakers of diverse origins.
    3. Write simple to moderately complex sentences using level-appropriate grammatical structures and organize them into cohesive paragraphs. 
    4. Read and comprehend level-appropriate authentic 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 word with  characteristics of their own culture.
  3. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Produce and interpret oral and written Spanish at approximately at Intermediate low level, as defined by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
    2. Compare and contrast the cultures of the societies associated with the Spanish language with that of the student.
    3. Communicate in Spanish in the situations described in the chapter objectives.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Quizzes:  Students will complete objective quizzes covering each of the six chapters.
    2. Discussion: Students will post in the forum area for each topic given.   There will be regular discussion boards as well as voice boards.
    3. Participation: Students are required to log in and check for messages or forum posts a minimum of every three days. 
    4. Journals: Students will submit a journal in English approximately every two weeks.
    5. Practice: Students will have online practice on the En Linea site and other relevant web sites.
    6. Projects: Students will have relevant miniprojects due throughout the semester, as well as a final cultural project.
  5. Testing Requirements
    1. Students are allowed to use their book and notes while testing. All chapter exams are online and do not have to be proctored.
    2. The final exam must be proctored. The student has the option of taking  the exam on-campus at Western Texas College or choosing a testing center. If a testing center is chosen, the student will be responsible for any fees incurred.
  6. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Textbook: 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.
  7. 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
  1. Course Organization and Schedule**

Week 1

Introduction & Orientation

Weeks 2/3

Chapter Seven: practice, exam

  • Daily routine
  • Personal hygiene
  • Time expressions
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Indefinite and negative words
  • Preterite of ser and ir
  • Verbs like gustar

Weeks 4/5

Chapter Eight: practice, exam

  • Food
  • Food descriptions
  • Meals
  • Preterite of stem-changing verbs
  • Double object pronouns
  • Comparisons
  • Superlatives

Weeks 6/7

Chapter Nine: practice, exam

  • Parties and celebrations
  • Personal relationships
  • Stages of life
  • Irregular preterites
  • Verbs that change mreaning in the preterite
  • ¿qué? And ¿cuál?
  • Pronouns after prepositions

Weeks 8/9

Chapter Ten: practice, exam

  • 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

Weeks 10/11

Chapter Eleven: practice, exam

  • Home electronics
  • Computers and the internet
  • The car and its accessories
  • Familiar commands
  • Por and para
  • Reciprocal reflexives
  • Stressed possessive adjectives and pronouns

Week 13/14

Chapter Twelve: practice, exam

  • Parts of a house
  • Household chores
  • Table settings
  • Relative pronouns
  • Formal commands
  • The present subjunctive
  • Subjunctive with verbs of will and influence

Week 15

Cultural Project due

Week 16

Final Exam



Last Modified: September 21, 2017