Spanish (SPAN) 300

Intermediate Spanish I (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or Span 30 (third year senior high school Spanish) or equivalent.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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TELUQ equivalency: ESP 3001.

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SPAN 300 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overview

SPAN 300 consists of four integrated components: grammar, vocabulary, culture, and literature. The course reviews and further develops basic language skills acquired in first year Spanish. The emphasis is on learning grammar structures and on vocabulary acquisition. The objective of SPAN 300 is to strengthen both written and oral skills that will enable students to communicate in a variety of contexts. The first six lessons of the main textbook En contacto: Gramática en acción is integrated with the laboratory component of the course. The literary component from En contacto: Lecturas intermedias consists of excerpts and short stories that are read mainly for aesthetic pleasure, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. Students are expected to do simple literary analysis exercises in this course.

Outline

Students acquire written and oral practice in each unit of SPAN 300 by doing many written and oral exercises not listed in this outline.

Unit 1 - En contacto: Gramática en acción - Capítulo I

  • Gramática: Revisión del presente de indicativo de verbos irregulares - Usos de estar y ser - El presente de indicativo de verbos con cambios en la raíz - La a personal - Sustantivos y artículos - Artículos definidos e indefinidos – Pronombres y verbos reflexivos
  • Video cultura: Madrid, ciudad que nunca duerme
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias - Capítulo I

Unit 2 - En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo II

  • Gramática: Pretérito de verbos regulares - Imperfecto - Pretérito versus Imperfecto - Hacer + expresiones de tiempo
  • Video cultural: La charreada
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias - Capítulo II

Unit 3 - En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo III

  • Gramática: Concordancia de los adjetivos - Adjetivos usados como sustantivos - Posición de los adjetivos - Ser versus Estar - Ser y Estar usados con adjetivos - Adjetivos descriptivos – Demostrativos - Posesivos
  • Video cultural: San Antonio y la ‘‘Nueva frontera’’
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo III

Unit 4 - En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo IV

  • Gramática: El tiempo futuro - El tiempo condicional - Comparaciones de igualdad, de desigualdad – formas comparativas irregulares El grado superlativo
  • Video cultural: Nina Pacari y los ayllus de Ecuador
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo IV

Unit 5 - En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo V

  • Gramática: Modo subjuntivo - Presente - Subjuntivo con expresiones impersonales – Subjuntivo con verbos que denotan duda, emoción, voluntad, preferencia, necesidad, aprobación, desaprobación, consejo.
    Subjuntivo versus Indicativo
  • Video cultural: El sistema educativo español.
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo V

Unit 6 - En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo VI

  • Gramática: Pronombres de complemento directo – Pronombres de complemento indirecto – Pronombres de complemento preposicional - Imperativo – Imperativo con Pronombres complementarios
  • Video cultural: En la hostería San Jorge
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo VI

Evaluation

To receive credit for SPAN 300, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the written examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

6 Written Exercises 6 Oral Exercises Final Essay Final Exam Total
30% 15% 15% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks

McVey Gill, Mary, Brenda Wegmann, and Teresa Méndez-Faith. En contacto: Gramática en acción. Novena edición. Boston, MA: Thomson-Heinle, 2015 (includes Gramática en acción Capítulos 1-6. (includes Gramática en acción CDs).

McVey Gill, Mary, Brenda Wegmann, and Teresa Méndez-Faith. En contacto: Lecturas intermedias. Novena edición. Boston, MA: Thomson-Heinle, 2012. Capítulos 1-6.

En Contacto: iLrn Licence and Access

Other Materials

All other course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SPAN 300 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the final written examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, April 16, 2015.

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Updated May 27 2016 by Student & Academic Services