Spanish (SPAN) 301

Intermediate Spanish II (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: SPAN 300

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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TELUQ equivalency: ESP 4001.

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SPAN 301 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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SPAN 301 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 301 is to strengthen both written and oral skills that will enable students to communicate in a variety of contexts. The last six lessons of the main textbook En contacto: Gramática en acción are integrated with the laboratory component of the course. The literary component from En contacto: Lecturas intermedias consists of excerpts and short stories which are read mainly for aesthetic pleasure, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. Students are also expected to do simple literary analysis exercises.


Students acquire written and oral practice in each unit of SPAN 301 by doing many written and oral learning activities.

Unit 1: Gramática en acción Capítulo VII

  • Gramática : Afirmativos y negativos, El uso de ‘gustar’, ‘faltar’ y verbos similares, Uso del subjuntivo en descripciones de lo desconocido, indefinido y en ciertas conjunciones adverbiales.
  • Video cultura: El baile flamenco
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias - Capítulo VII

Unit 2: En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo VIII

  • Gramática : Revisar los usos básicos de los verbos reflexivos y aprender los verbos reflexivos que cambian de significado, El uso de los verbos reflexivos con el imperativo. El “se” impersonal y el “se” pasivo.
  • Video cultural: El chocolate en la cocina mexicana
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias - Capítulo VIII

Unit 3: En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo IX

  • Gramática : El imperfecto del subjuntivo, Los adverbios y sus usos, El uso correcto del infinitivo.
  • Video cultural: Las mariposas en Ecuador
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo IX

Unit 4: En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo X

  • Gramática : El participio pasado y su uso como adjetivo - Los tiempos compuestos.
  • Video cultural: De compras en Madrid
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo X

Unit 5: En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo XI

  • Gramática: El uso de tiempos verbales en frases complejas, Usos de las clausulas con “si”.
  • Video cultural: Los cibercafés
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo XI

Unit 6: En contacto: Gramática en acción Capítulo XII

  • Gramática: El uso del participio presente y las formas progresivas, Usos de pronombres neutros
  • Video cultural: El Nuyorican Poets Café
  • En contacto: Lecturas intermedias Capítulo XII


To receive credit for SPAN 301, 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


McVey Gill, Mary, Brenda Wegmann, and Teresa Méndez-Faith.

  • En contacto: Gramática en acción. Octava edición. Boston: Thomson-Heinle, 2007 (includes Gramática en acción CDs).
  • En contacto: Cuaderno de ejercicios y Manual de laboratorio. Octava edición. Boston: Thomson-Heinle, 2007.
  • En contacto: Answer key and Lab Audioscript
  • En contacto: Lab Audio CDs (6)
  • En Contacto: Video on DVD
  • En Contacto: Sign in and Succeed! (access instructions)

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 301 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.

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