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SPA-1011-VM01 - Spanish I

Synonym: 140805
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday & Thursday, 04:15P - 05:35P
Semester Dates: 09-10-2015 to 12-17-2015
Faculty: Eric Sakai | View Faculty Credentials

Open Seats/Section Limit: 9/18 (as of 08-28-15 11:10 PM)

Comments: High-speed internet access required.

Browse the Moodle Site for this class.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of the Spanish language and covers grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. It includes simple conversation, reading and writing exercises and provides an introduction to the arts and cultures of Spain, Latin America and Spanish-speaking peoples.

Essential Objectives:

1. Recognize and pronounce the basic sounds (phonemes) of the Spanish language.
2. Employ vocabulary and grammatical structures orally in the Spanish language to:
a) Communicate and solicit basic personal information, including age, address, telephone number, birthday, nationality, and occupation.
b) Participate in simple interpersonal exchanges, such as introductions, greetings, requests, and purchases.
c) Identify personal and household articles, such as clothing, furniture, foods, and utensils.
d) Describe his/her town, residence, family, daily activities, interests, personal likes and dislikes, and other important elements of personal life.
e) Respond appropriately to simple statements and questions on selected topics.
3. Describe basic geographical features, cultural and artistic traditions, and elements of daily life (food, clothing, work, etc.) of selected countries in which Spanish is spoken.
4. Apply learned vocabulary and grammatical structures to writing simple sentences, notes and short letters.
5. Read simple prepared or authentic dialogues and narratives and answer questions about the contents of the readings.


Most in-class work will involve oral practice in Spanish (including guided conversation, small-group exercises, and individual student presentations). Due to the limited contact of two--as opposed to the typical three or four--weekly class meetings, it will be extremely important that reading, writing, and oral practice assigned as homework be completed before each class. Required assignments include vocabulary and grammar exercises and reading available on the Internet. High-speed Internet access is required to complete some of these assignments, but students without such access are welcome to use computers at a CCV academic center, which are available during office hours and most weeknights.

Other course learning activities include audio and video presentations on Hispanic culture, guest speakers (when available), and exploration of Spanish-language resources on the Internet. A Moodle course site provides all essential information and communication resources for this course. Go to the portal and follow the login instructions. Look for V15FA Spanish I (SPA-1011-VM01) in the center column, under "My Moodle Classes." Students are strongly encouraged to communicate with me and with each other via the Moodle discussion forums, messaging, and email.

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Attendance of all classes and participation in all activities. In order to pass this course, students may not miss more than four classes. Please notify me in advance of an expected absence.

2. Completion of all written assignments, demonstrating a satisfactory command of learned vocabulary and grammatical structures.

3. An overall average score of 60% or higher on course requirements listed below.

All students receive a letter grade unless they request the pass/not pass option by the third week of classes. Course grades are computed on the following basis:

4 written/oral quizzes                         20%

5 graded writing assignments            30%

12 discussion forums                         20%

1 oral presentation                             10%

1 interview with instructor                  10%

Participation in class*                        10%

You can see your grades by selecting the Grades area of our Moodle course portal. You are the only person, besides myself, who can see your grades. Criteria for letter grades appear below.


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about these policies or your grades.


* Students receive participation credit for each class that they attend and for which they are prepared to participate. Class participation also includes some ungraded writing assignments and activities using the Internet.

Grading Criteria:

Grade of A (satisfactory completion of course objectives and expectations as specified)
- Overall average score of 90% on course requirements listed above;
- Beginner-level proficiency in the use of Spanish for the expression and comprehension of simple statements, questions, requests, and other basic communication.

Grade of B
(satisfactory completion of course objectives and expectations as specified)
- Overall average score of 80% on course requirements listed above;
- Limited ability to speak and understand Spanish for some basic communicative needs.

Grade of C (satisfactory completion of course objectives and expectations as specified)
- Overall average score of 70% on course requirements listed above;
Ability to speak and understand some Spanish words and phrases.

Grade of D (marginal performance that will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence-area requirements)
- See Evaluation Criteria above.

Grade of F
(failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for satisfactory completion as described)


Fall 2015 textbook data will be uploaded on August 10. We strongly suggest that you verify the information below with our online bookseller EdMap before purchasing textbooks from another vendor. If your course is at the Winooski center, check the UVM Bookstore for textbook and pricing information.

Easy Spanish Step-By-Step 1/e, ISBN: 9780071463386, MCGRAW HILL   $14.00

Additional Options: Used | Rental |

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory for this course, since class activities require the participation of all students in communication exercises and practice. In order to receive credit for this course, students may have no more than four absences from class. If you must miss a class due to a family, work, or medical emergency, please notify me in advance by phone or email (see my contact information below). Otherwise, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Faculty Contact Information:

Email Address:
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kelly Young -



Jueves 9/10: Introducción al curso
Metas (objectives)
• Introductions
• Review course description/syllabus
• Review Moodle course
• Discuss study techniques

Lunes 9/14: La escuela
• Pronounce Spanish words
• Pronunce the Spanish alphabet and spell simple words
• Use greetings and courtesy phrases
• Identify gender and number of nouns, adjectives, and articles
1. Bregstein: ix-xvi, Capítulo 1, pp. 3-9
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 1: las personas, los colores, la ropa
3. StudySpanish: 1, 2, 4, 5
4. Discusión: ¡Hola! (Tell us a bit about yourself--in English, this time only.)

Jueves 9/17: La escuela
• Use es/son (is/are) with nouns and adjectives
• Use forms of tener to express possession
• Generate simple descriptions of people and things
• Follow simple class-related instructions
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 1, pp. 9-13
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 1: la escuela, los lugares, la casa, los adjetivos
3. StudySpanish: 11, 12

Lunes 9/21: Las personas
• Use verbs forms with corresponding subject pronouns
• Explain the difference between tú and usted (informal/formal "you")
• Use forms of estar (to be) in appropriate contexts
• Ask and answer simple questions
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 2, pp. 14-18
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 2: los adjetivos, las personas, las preguntas
3. StudySpanish: 7, 15, 17
4. Discusión: ¿Qué lleva Ud.?

Jueves 9/24: Clase suspendida

Lunes 9/28: Las personas
• Use forms of ser (to be) in appropriate contexts
• Use nouns and adjectives with ser to describe people and things
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 2, pp. 18-26
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 2: la casa, las actividades
3. StudySpanish: 16, 18
4. Lectura: "La casa," p. 25

5. Composición: Mi casa

Jueves 10/1: El año
• Use hay (There is/are) to describe places
• Ask questions using interrogatives
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 3, pp. 27-31
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 3: la ciudad, la naturaleza, la escuela, los adjetivos, la casa
3. StudySpanish: 6, 20
4. Lectura: "Un pueblo colonial," p. 33
5. Discusión: Mi ciudad favorita

Lunes 10/5: El año
• Name days, months, and seasons
• Ask and answer questions about places
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 3, pp. 32-39
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 3: los días, los meses, las estaciones, las cosas
3. StudySpanish: 13, 36
4. Lectura: "El cine," p.39

Jueves 10/8: Los números y las fechas
• Use cardinal and ordinal numbers for dates and other numerical expressions
• Use vocabulary to describe food and eating
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 4, pp. 40-46
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 4: el restaurante, los adjetivos
3. StudySpanish: 3, 14, 52
4. Lectura: "El restaurante," p. 51
5. Discusión: Mi restaurante favorito
6. Examen: Capítulos 1 a 3

Lunes 10/12: Los números y las fechas
• Ask and tell time
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 4, pp. 46-55
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 4: el hogar, las medidas, el tiempo
3. StudySpanish: 35, 53
4. Lectura: "El oficio de la casa," p. 54
5. Composición: Mi pueblo

Jueves 10/15: La ciudad
• Explain verb tense, person, and number
• Use –ar verbs to describe daily activities
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 5, pp. 56-62
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 5: los verbos –ar
3. StudySpanish: 8, 9
4. Discusión: Un día típico

Lunes 10/19: La ciudad
• Use –er and –ir verbs to describe daily activities
• Use gustar to express likes/dislikes
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 5, pp. 62-69
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 5: los verbos –er/-ir
3. StudySpanish: 10
4. Lectura: "Una escuela en México," p. 68

Jueves 10/22: Las actividades
• Use –ar and –er stem-changing verbs to describe daily activities
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 6, pp. 70-74
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 6: los verbos –ar/-er
3. StudySpanish: 28, 29
4. Discusión: El fin de semana

Lunes 10/26: Las actividades
• Use –ir stem-changing verbs to describe daily activities
• Use adverbs to describe actions
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 6, pp. 75-81
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 6: los verbos –ir, los adverbios, varias
3. StudySpanish: 30
4. Lectura: "El tren," pp.79-81

Jueves 10/29: Las actividades
• Use ir for actions in the future
• Use tener and other verbs in idiomatic expressions
• Name parts of the body
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 7, pp. 82-91
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 7: el cuerpo, las emociones
3. StudySpanish: 23, 24, 31, 32
4. Examen: Capítulos 4 a 6

5. Discusión: La salud

Lunes 11/2: La familia
• Use que and para
• Identify and describe family members
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 7, pp. 92-101
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 7: la familia, la comida, las actividades
3. StudySpanish: 57
4. Lectura: "La cita," pp. 99-101
5. Composición: Un pariente favorito

Jueves 11/5: La familia
• Use possessive and demonstrative adjectives to distinguish among people and things
• Use nouns/adjectives of nationality to express the origin of people and things
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 8, pp. 102-12
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 8: los adjetivos, varias
3. StudySpanish: 21, 56
4. Discusión: Una visita a un país hispánico

Lunes 11/9: La casa
• Make comparisons of people, things, and actions
• Use adverbs to describe actions
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 8, pp. 113-24
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 8: los adverbios, la fiesta
3. StudySpanish: 37, 38, 39, 55
4. Lectura: "La fiesta," pp. 123-24

Jueves 11/12: La geografía
• Use negative words/expressions
• Describe an action in progress (present progressive)
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 9, pp. 125-30
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 9: las negativas, los negocios y la ley
3. StudySpanish: 19, 49
4. Lectura: "El circo," pp. 140-41
5. Discusión: Las vacaciones

Lunes 11/16: La geografía
• Use prepositions with verbs and nouns
• Describe the geography and climate of Vermont and other places
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 9, pp. 131-50
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 9: las preposiciones, la geografía, el clima
3. StudySpanish: 25, 54
4. Lectura: "El trabajo," pp. 149-50

5. Composición: La geografía de Vermont

Jueves 11/19: Los viajes
• Use gustar and similar verbs to express interests and preferences
• Describe food preferences
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 10, pp. 153-63
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 10: los verbos, el restaurante
3. StudySpanish: 48
4. Lectura: "Ir de compras," pp. 174-75
5. Discusión: ¿Cómo le gusta celebrar?
6. Examen: Capítulos 7 a 9

Lunes 11/23: Los viajes
• Describe travel activities
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 10, pp. 163-76
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 10: el viaje, varias
3. StudySpanish: 44, 45, 46
4. Lectura: "El viaje," pp. 175-76

Jueves 11/26: Clase suspendida - El Día de Acción de Gracias

Lunes 11/30: Los días feriados
• Describe travel activities
• Describe tourist attractions in Vermont
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 11, pp. 177-92
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 11: los verbos, el viaje
3. StudySpanish: 41, 42, 43
4. Lectura: "La bienvenida," pp. 191-92
5. Composición: Una carta de Vermont

Jueves 12/3: El trabajo
• Use reflexive verbs to describe daily activities
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 12, pp. 193-198
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 12: los verbos, la rutina diaria
3. StudySpanish: 59, 60
4. Discusión 12: La rutina diaria

Lunes 12/7: El trabajo
• Use reflexive verbs in impersonal and other expressions
1. Bregstein: Capítulo 12, pp. 199-205
2. Vocabulario, Capítulo 12: los adjetivos
3. Lectura: "El encuentro," pp. 204-205

Jueves 12/10: Presentaciones estudiantiles

Lunes 12/14: Presentaciones estudiantiles
1. Examen: Capítulos 10 a 12

Jueves 12/17: Presentaciones estudiantiles
Fiesta de la clase final

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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