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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Spanish I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Sofia Sanz Alonso
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-1:20 PM
PREREQUISITES: This course carries 4 semester hours of credit.

This course is designed to give students basic communicative ability in Spanish. Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

By presenting the language in a variety of authentic contexts, the course also seeks to provide an introduction to Spanish culture and society.  Students work on all four language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.


Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to:

-satisfy a very limited number of immediate needs

- understand and convey some spoken Spanish through the knowledge and usage of familiar and memorized structures, on the most common features of daily life that require the interchange of simple and direct information.

- understand the general meaning of oral announcements and brief texts on familiar subjects with simple morphology and lexicon.

- produce one-paragraph texts with limited formulaic information by using elementary functions.


Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Nuevo Espanol en Marcha 1- Cuaderno de ejerciciosFrancisca Castro Viudez, Pilar Diaz BallesterosSGEL978-84-9778-374-3 The textbook and the workbook are essential for class participation
Nuevo Espanol en Marcha 1 - Libro del AlumnoFrancisca Castro Viudez, Pilar Diaz BallesterosSGELSGEL 978-84-9778-373-6  

Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Uso de la gramatica espanola ElementalFrancisca Castro Edelsa978-84-7711-710-0  
3 TestsThe three tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability. Make-up for tests is not foreseen but students are allowed to skip one test without penalization. For the final grade only two tests will be considered: one of the three tests, the one with the lowest grade will be dropped.25%
Midterm examThe midterm exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered up to this point, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability.25%
Final examThe final exam is designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary covered,their reading and listening comprehension, and the written ability25%
Class participation and homeworkStudents are expected to come prepared to class with all the material required and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. 10%
Oral proficiencyIn class activities, Midterm (5%) and final oral exam/oral presentation (5%). Students are examined singularly and in pairs or small groups. The types of tests are: conversation between the two students or the small groups, monologues, role playing.15%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.



Students are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed four absences. The final grade will be lowered by 2 points for each additional absence. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. 

Two late entrances or leaving early from class for two times count as one absence.

You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed.



As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Week 1 - 4 - 6 September

Introducing yourself and introducing a person (formal/informal)

Pronunciation: the Spanish alphabet

The noun and the determinate articles

The gender of the adjectives of nationality

Week 2 - 11 - 13 September

Professions. Asking and telling telephone numbers

Numbers from 0-20

Personal pronouns

Present tense of regular verbs (three conjugations) and irregular verbs to be and to have (ser and tener)

Interrogative pronouns (que, como donde)

Week 3 - 18 - 20 -21 September

Describing your family

The plural forms of nouns

Prepositions: locators in place

Possessive adjectives

Demostrative adjectives and pronouns: este, ese, aquel

               Thursday 20 September  QUIZ 1

Friday 21 September MAKE UP DAY

Week 4 - 25 - 27 September

Telling and asking the time. The days of the week

Ordering breakfast

Numbers from 21 to 5.000

Prepositions: locators in time (por, de, a, hasta)

Week 5 - 2 - 4 October

Talking about your weekly routine (work and leisure)

Adverbs and markers of frequency

Present tense of reflexive verbs

Present tense of irregular verbs

Week 6 - 9 - 11 October

Describing your home: furniture and parts of a house

Booking a room in a hotel

Ordinal numbers

The use of Hay/Esta

Definite and indefinite articles

        Thursday 11 October  QUIZ 2

Week 7 - 16 - 18 October 

Talking about preferences

The verb to like (gustar)

Quantifying preferences: Mucho/poco/nada/bastante

Week 8 - 23 - 25 October

Midterm review

Thursday 25 October MIDTERM EXAM

Week 9 - 30 October 

Ordering lunch and dinner in a restaurant. Recipes of the world

Regular forms of the imperative

Inviting someone, refusing or accepting an invitation. The verb quedar

Present continuous Estar + gerund

Gerund of regular, irregular and reflexive verbs

Thursday 1 November NO CLASS

Week 10 - 6 - 8 - 9 November 

Asking and telling how to get to a place in public transport

Describing your neighborhood

Quantifying with indefinite adjectives (algún, ningún, poco, mucho, bastante, nada)

Friday 9 November MAKE UP DAY

Week 11 - 13 - 15 November 

Describing people: appearance and personality

Uses and differences of Ser/Estar

Use of Muy/mucho

          Thursday 15 November QUIZ 3

Week 12 - 20 November 

Asking and giving directions

Talking about the past

Thursday 22 November NO CLASS

Week 13 - 27 - 29 November 

Regular forms of pretérito indefinido

The past tense: differences between pretéritito perfecto/pretérito indefinido

Week 14 - 4 - 6 November 

Final review 


Final examinations (date to be confirmed)