For students with no previous training in the language, or, as indicated by the Language Placement Examination score. Emphasis on correct pronunciation through intensive oral practice, use of language laboratory and audio-visual materials, acquisition of basic vocabulary and the elements of grammar for conversation, comprehension, reading and writing. NOTE: Not open to native speakers.
Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues (Group A)
As a primary textbook, we use ¡Apúntate! Español Introductorio, by Ana María Pérez-Gironés & Thalia Dorwick. First Edition. (New York: McGraw Hill, 2010), an excellent text with a workbook companion that will be used also in SPA 200. In addition to the scheduled classes, a state of the art Language Laboratory, weekly professors’ office hours, cultural activities, and free tutorial services create a wide range of possibilities beyond the classroom for those students who want to achieve excellence in their learning process.
However, since this course has been designed for beginners, if you studied Spanish for three or more years in High School, or you are a native speaker, you must take a Foreign Language Placement Examination that will reflect your Spanish proficiency.
At the end of this course, students should be able to create and understand simple Spanish sentences in the present and past tenses, in both oral and written forms. In addition to that, they should be able to use different kinds of adjectives in order to describe nouns.
¡Bienvenidos y buena suerte!
(Note: If you do not know what the above expression means, you will very soon!)