B SPAN 101
Methods and objectives are primarily oral-aural.
WELCOME TO BEGINNING SPANISH 101 This is a 3 quarter course designed specifically for students with little or no previous experience with Spanish. The emphasis in our classes will be on vocabulary building, listening comprehension, speaking, and grammar through context. We will be using the same book and accompanying DVD for all 3 quarters. Spanish 101 will be offered in the Fall quarter followed by Spanish 102 and 103 in the Winter and Spring Quarters.
Student learning goals
Students will be able to: Learn the basics of Spanish pronunciation
Use the verb forms and vocabulary covered in chapters 1-6 of the text "GENTE"
Carry on a brief conversation (1-5 minutes) about any of the topics presented in Spanish 101
Understand brief conversations (1-5 minutes), with some repetition, about familiar topics from Spanish 101
Read brief texts (1-3 paragraphs) about familiar topics from Spanish 101
Write brief compositions (1-3 paragraphs) about familiar topics from Spanish 101 with the help of a dictionary
General method of instruction
Lectures, group activities, role-playing, interactive multimedia, etc.
Prepare for each class by completing the assigned homework and previewing all of the textbook pages and vocabulary that will be covered in the following class. Active class participation, daily preparation and a positive attitude will be factors influencing your final grade. MOTIVATION is the most important element in successful language acquisition.
Class assignments and grading
Students are required to complete the assigned homework in order to prepare for the following class. Homework will include assignments from the textbook, written assignments, and the lab manual exercises that can be completed using the DVD that is supplied with your textbook. We will have 5 chapter exams. These will include oral comprehension sections. Any information that is presented or surfaces during class is fair game for these tests. This includes personal information about your classmates, so its important to pay attention to everything that happens during the class.
Credit Distribution: Chapter exams (5) 50% Participation: 10% Homework: 10% Group activities: 10% Composition (5) 10% Oral presentation 10%