Elementary Spanish I

Course Code:
SPN 1120

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

700, 701


Course Description:
This course covers the essentials of Spanish, with emphasis on oral expression. Open to students who enter college without any high school Spanish. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course.


Course Details


Passing scores on the Reading and Writing sections of PERT, or a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in ENC 1101, or consent of the Department.



Dr. Mark T. Ebel


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Required for Face-to-Face sections:

Puntos de Partida, 11th edition. McGraw-Hill.
2T Connect Access Card, ISBN: 9781264084913

Larousse Student Dictionary Spanish-English/English Spanish, 2010, paperback. ISBN: 9782035410146

Spinelli, Emily. English Grammar for Students of Spanish. 7th ed., 2012. Olivia and Hill Publishing. ISBN: 9780934034418

Required for Online section:
Puntos de Partida, 11th edition. McGraw-Hill.
2T Connect Access Card, ISBN: 9781260707564


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

The purpose of the humanities in the core curriculum is to understand the human condition through the study of the following: art history, literature, music history, music theory, performing arts, philosophy, and visual arts.

  • H-1 Identify the humanities in various cultures.
  • H-2 Elucidate the historical context of human artistic expressions.
  • H-3 Analyze artistic expressions and articulate informed responses.
  • H-4 Identify reasons to preserve the humanities.
  • H-5 Describe core human beliefs and principles in the humanities.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessments method for learning outcomesLearning artifacts for assessment
Illustrate competencies in speaking, listening, reading, writing and thinking in Spanish C-2, C-3, C-5, H-1, H-3 Skills performance, homework, teacher observation pre/post
Make use of the conventions of Spanish Grammar as required during classroom activities C-2, C-3, C-5 Writing assisgnments, cumulative final, teacher observation  
Demonstrate computer and /or library research skills to complete some assignments C-3, H-1  Homework, Writing assignments  
Analyze intercultural experiences as presented in cinematic materials accompanying the text C-3 Quizzes  
Convert speaking skills into a final oral presentation   Projects, Judged performance  


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The course instructor will be delivering course content through class discussions on the material using various visual aids. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. In-class teaching strategies may include: participation, demonstrations, lecture, presentations, critical thinking and cooperative groups. Student attendance and participation is expected. Students are expected to read all assigned material before class and complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.


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