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COURSE NAME: "Introductory Spanish I"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021

INSTRUCTOR: Sofia Sanz Alonso
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30 AM 12:45 PM

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
Aula internacional Plus 1 – Libro del alumnoCorpas, García, GarmendiaDifusión9788418032189  

2 TestsThe 2 tests are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary covered, their reading and listening comprehension and written ability20%
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. Homework and assignments must be prepared and handled (if required) on the scheduled date. Late work will be penalized. It is mandatory for the course to have and use both the students book and the workbook in paper or electronic version. You are expected to log in to the Moodle platform of the course at least two times per week, in order to follow the course schedule, to participate in class and complete all the required Moodle activities. The activity completion and the login activity will be tracked by the platform. 15%
Oral proficiencyIn class activities (5%), final oral exam/oral presentation (10%). In class activities are prepared singularly and in pairs or small groups. The types of tests/activities 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 attending classes, either in presence or remotely, are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the language learning process requires considerable practice. Students attending remotely must be online and ready to participate from the beginning to the end of the class. Make sure that your devices (microphone, webcam) and internet connection work correctly. Attendance will be considered only if participation is active and it will be evaluated at the end of each class. 

During the course, 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. 



The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs  (Please see the John Cabot University Catalogue and Student Handbook). 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. 
The same policy is applied for the Quizzes. Students who will be absent from a quiz must notify the Professor before the Quiz and individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons

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 - January 19 -21 


 Learn how to introduce yourself, ask questions in class and say hello and goodbye

Pronunciation: the Spanish alphabet

Numbers from 1 to 10

Resources to develop your learning abilities in the Spanish class


Week 2 - January 26 -28


 Nosotros y nosotras (Unit 1): Get to know your classmates better

Communication resources: ask for and give personal information

Grammar resources: gender in nationalities and professions, the verbs ser, tener and llamarse, personal pronouns

Vocabulary resources: numbers, nationalities professions, workplaces


Week 3 - February 2 - 4


 Quiero aprender español (Unit 2): Talk about your relationship with Spanish and with Spanish culture

Communication resources: expressing intentions, explaining the motivations for what you do, talking about what you do in different languages
Grammar resources: gender, definite articles (el, la, los, las) and indefinite articles (un, una, unos, unas), the present tense (regular verbs ending in ar, er, ir), uses of por, para and porque
Vocabulary resources: languages, activities in language class, leisure activities


 Week 4  - February 9 -11


Cont. Unit 2 Quiero hablar español


Thursday February 11- QUIZ 1

Week 5 - February 16-18


¿Dónde está Santiago? (Unit 3): Test your knowledge of the Hispanic world

Communication resources: descibing places, expressing existence and location, talking about climate and the weather

Grammar resources: uses of hay, the verb estar, the superlative, quantifiers (muy, mucho), interrogative pronuns (qué, cuál, cuántos, dónde, cómo)
Vocabulary resources: climate and the weather, geography, infrmation about countires, caldinal points, seasons

Week 6 - February 2 -25

¿Cual prefieres? (Unit 4): Go shopping at a market

Communication resources: identifying items, expressing needs, buying in shops (asking for products, about prices, etc.), talking about preferences

Grammar resources: demonstratives (este, esta, estos, estas), tener que + infinitive, the verbs ir and preferir

 Vocabulary resources: numbers over 100, colours, clothes and accessories, objects in daily use, uses of teh evrb llevar, combinations with the verb ir 


Week 7 - March 2 - 4


 Midterm review


Thusday March 2nd - MIDTERM EXAM



Week 8 - March 16 - 18

Tus amigos son mis amigos (Unit 5): Introduce and describe a person

Communication resources: talking about physical appearance and personality, expressing and comparing likes, dislikes and interests, asking about likes and disklikes, talking about personal relationships

Grammar resources: the verb gustar, the superlative, quantifiers (muy, bastante, un poco), possesive adjectives (mi, tu, su, etc.), también/tampoco

Vocabulary resources family, personality adjectives, music

Week 9 - March 23 - 25

Día a día (Unit 6): Discover your classmates’ habits

Communication resources: talking about habits, expressing frequency, asking for and giving the time

Grammar resources: the presents tense of irregular verbs, pronominal verbs (-se), yo también/ yo tampoco, primero/ después / luego

Vocabulary resources: days of the week, times of day, daily activities


Week 10 - March 30 - April 1st


¡A comer! (Unit 7): Create a set menu and chose the dishes you like

Communication resources: learning how to get by in bars and restaurants, asking for and giving information about food, talking about eating habits

Grammar resources:the verbs poner and traer, direct object pronouns (lo, la, los, las), uses of de and con

Vocabulary resources: food, ways of coking, utensils and recipients typical dishes in Spain and Latin America

Week 11 - April 6 - 8 


Cont. Unit 7 ¡ A comer!

Thursday April 8 - QUIZ 2

Week 12 - April 13 - 15


El barrio ideal (Unit 8): imagine and discover the ideal neighborhood

Communication resources: discover villages, neighborhoods and cities, talk about what you like the most about a place, ask for and give directions, express tastes and highlight aspects

Grammar resources: quantifiers (algún, ningún, mucho), prepositions and adverbs of place (a, en, al lado de, lejos, cerca..)

Vocabulary resources: services and places in cities, adjectives to discover neighborhoods and cities

Week 13 - April 20 - 22


Cont. Unit 8 El barrio ideal

Week 14  - April 27 - 29


 Final review 



Final examinations (date to be confirmed)