Spanish (SPAN) 200

Introductory Spanish I (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: SPAN 100 (SPAN 200 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for SPAN 100.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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TELUQ equivalency: ESP 2000.

Télé-université du Québec

SPAN 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course introduces students to the basic elements of the Spanish language. Together with its complement, SPAN 201, this course will teach students to speak and write simple Spanish in a range of everyday situations corresponding to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), Levels A1/A2, as adapted to Spanish by the Instituto Cervantes.

By systematically working through the 8 units and their associated activities, students will develop oral and written skills through the study of vocabulary and grammar complemented by authentic texts. Pronunciation, comprehension, and writing are emphasized and are essential components of the course. SPAN 200 is a prerequisite for SPAN 201.


To receive credit for SPAN 200, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final written examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
8 Capstone Assignments 40%
8 Map Assignments 5%
16 Glossary Entries 5%
Learning Portfolio 10%
Final Written Exam 40%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials

Digital Textbook

Dabrowski, Michael, et al. (2016). Beginner Spanish OER. Athabasca University with funding from the Campus Alberta OER Initiative.

Special Course Feature

SPAN 200 is a fully integrated, online course based on a digital Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook developed at Athabasca University, with contributions and support from many academics and institutions across Canada. Additional information about the project can be found at the Spanish OER Initiative website:

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SPAN 200 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 5, July 9, 2018.

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