Spanish 1010 Syllabus

Course Description:

Course Description:  Spanish 1010 is an elementary course that is designed to provide college students with a foundation in the basic skill areas of speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

Oral practice, including repetition and drills, will focus on accurate pronunciation and effective communication in basic survival situations in the target language.  Listening exercises in class will give you necessary practice with oral comprehension of ideas expressed within the framework of the vocabulary and grammatical structures presented as well as the ability to guess at unfamiliar vocabulary based on context. Preparation outside of class of written exercises, lab assignments and short paragraphs will allow you to build upon material presented and practiced orally in class. Through readings, lectures, and discussions you will obtain a basic knowledge of important aspects of culture in the Spanish-speaking world.

By the end of the semester, you will be able to communicate in a basic way with Spanish-speaking members of the community, including being able to ask and answer questions about what they do, how they feel, plans for the weekend, and for their future, using the verbal periphrasis ir a + infinitive (to be going to + infinitive). Students will also be able to describe themselves and others as well as their surroundings.

            For ease of learning it is recommended that you take Spanish courses continuously until
            you fulfil your requirement.


Official Disability Statement:

If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or you have questions related to any accommodations for testing, readers, etc., please contact the office of Counseling & Disability Services (Jones Student Center, Room 159) and speak with me as soon as possible.


            Text: Blanco et alt., Vistas. Introducción a la lengua española,  (3rd edition with Supersite
Vista Higher Learning


Class attendance is required and, due to the nature of language learning, absolutely essential to your success.  You are expected to prepare all the material assigned for each class period. Regardless of the cause or nature of an absence, YOU are responsible for all class work covered or assigned during an absence. Absences will affect your participation grade, with more than FOUR unexcused absences for a class meeting twice a week, or more than TWO  absences for a  class that meets once a week resulting in a grade of  “F”. Attendance means you were present for the entire class. Consistent tardiness will also affect your grade.

No game playing. (2.5 points deducted from Final Average per occurrence) on computers, cell phones, I-pods, etc.during the scheduled hours of class. Use of the Internet during scheduled hours of class is permitted for purposes related to this class only. Any other use will result in 2.5 points being deducted from your Final Average per occurrence.

            I expect you to actively participate in the class in order to receive a  good grade. In paired
            discussions and group activities I expect you
to be speaking in Spanish.



There will be four tests. Tests missed due to an absence cannot be made up unless you have a dire excuse, such as illness. If you miss a test, let me know as soon as possible so you can make it up. There will not be a comprehensive final exam, but the last exam will be taken on the date for the final for this class.

 You are required to do all lab work required outside of class time.  The lab assignments      come with your book package, and can be bought at the bookstore.

Extra Credit:

Any extra credit offered during the term is totally voluntary. If you are interested in earning extra credit, you must let me know early on in the course. Please do not ask for any extra credit work at the end of the semester. The purpose of extra credit work is to help you with your course work. Most students that decide to earn extra credit learn more on the subject and understand it better, which helps them get a better grade. If a student is between grades, extra credit work, effort, and attitude towards the subject will decide which of the two grades s/he gets. Under no circumstances will extra credit work alone be sufficient to earn a student a passing grade if his/her grades do not reflect that the student has earned a passing grade.


The purpose of homework is to help you to learn by heart the structure of the language. If you rush your homework, you will hurt your preparation for the exams. Homework must be turned in on the dates that I establish. Late homework will not be accepted except in case of absence.

            Read the explanations of grammar in the text before you come to class; it will help you
            understand explanations given in the class. You must keep up with the work or your
            grades will be affected.

Grade Distribution:

Homework:      15%
Participation:     15%
Tests:                70%     

Grade Scale:

A:            90-100
B:            80-89
C:            70-79
D:            60-69
F:            59 and below

Tentative Schedule for Spanish 1010


Week 1  Lección 1. Introductions. Nouns and articles.                        
Week 2    Lección 1. Numbers 0-30.  Present tense of ser.
Week 3 Lección 1. Telling time. Review for test.
Week 4  Test I. Lección 2.Classroom vocabulary. Days of the week.
Week 5  Lección 2. Present tense of -ar verbs.
Week 6  Forming questions in Spanish. Present tense of estar.
Week 7 Test 2. Lección 3. The family.
Week 8      Lección 3. Adjectives. The present tense of -er and -ir  verbs.
Week 9 Lección 3. Present tense of tener and venir. Idioms with tener.
Week 10    Test 3. Lección 4 Pastimes, sports, places in the city.
Week 11  Present tense of  ir.
Week 12    Lección 4. Stem-changing verbs.
Week 13 Lección 4. Verbs with irregular yo forms
Week 14 Lección 5. Estar with conditions and emotions.
   Review for last test.
Important dates:  Please refer to the CSCC Spring Schedule for a complete list of important dates.

Final Exam:

The Final Exam Schedule can be found  online at

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