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Elementary Spanish I

4 Credits | 100 Level | 60 Contact hours


CORPAS, J., GARCÍA, E. y GARMENDIA, A. (2013). Aula Internacional. A1. A Spanish course for English Speakers. Barcelona: Difusión. (ISBN: 978-84-15846-77-2)
VV.AA. (2014). Aula Internacional. A1. Grammar and vocabulary companion. Edición en inglés. Barcelona: Difusión. (ISBN: 978-84-15846-88-8)


Track I is a combination of three language courses for students who are enrolled in the Study Abroad Program and have not taken any Spanish courses at college-level. These three courses are designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence as well as a critical stance on linguist and cultural diversity.

It offers an intensive study and practice of the skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing.The main emphasis of this track is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.


The main objective of this track is that the student achieves the knowledge of Spanish that allows him/her to manage in daily life tasks that the immersion context affords, as well as to develop reading strategies to cope with long texts and finally, to be able to write relatively complex and organized texts.


UNIT 0. Greetings and farewells.
UNIT 1 . Give and ask information to ask questions.
UNIT 2. Express intentions and plans.
UNIT 3. Discover places. Talk about time Geography. Sights.
UNIT 4. Identify objects. Express obligation Buy, ask about prices. Talk about preferences.
UNIT 5. Talk about physical appearance and personality. Talk about personal relationships
UNIT 6. Talk about habits. Ask and tell the time. Express frequency Weekdays. Parts of the day.
UNIT 7. Talk about culinary habits. Today's food. Ways of cooking. Typical dishes in Spain.
UNIT 8. Describe neighborhoods and cities. Give and receive information to reach a site.

UNIDAD 0. Saludos y despedidas.
UNIDAD 1 . Dar y pedir información hacer preguntas.
UNIDAD 2. Expresar intenciones y planes.
UNIDAD 3. Descubrir lugares. Hablar del tiempo. Geografía. Atracciones turísticas.
UNIDAD 4. Expresar obligación. Comprar, preguntar sobre precios. Hablar de preferencias.
UNIDAD 5. Hablar de aspecto físico y personalidad. Expresar intereses. Hablar de relaciones personales.
UNIDAD 6. Preguntar y decir la hora. Actividades cotidianas. Expresar frecuencia. Partes del día.
UNIDAD 7. Hablar de hábitos culinarios. Comidas del día. Maneras de cocinar. Platos típicos en España.
UNIDAD 8. Describir barrios y ciudades. Dar y recibir información para llegar a un sitio.


• Use basic greeting and leave taking expressions
• Start, maintain and close simple face-to-face conversations on topics that are familiar or of personal interest
• Engage in a face to face conversation to handle most everyday situations and transactions, such as shopping, ordering food and drink, buying tickets and finding out and passing on information on places, times, costs, etc.
• Understand and follow the story line in short stories with a clear structure with some effort and regular use of a dictionary
• Write a detailed description of a past experience, a dream or an imaginary event, including wishes and desires
• Display skills for relating to others in various cultures and situations, such as academic settings, social venues, and professional/work environment
• Perceive and value cultural diversity when positioning oneself in a different cultural context


• Exams: parcial: 35% + final: 35% = 70%
• Oral task: 10%
• Homework and written assignments: 10%
• In-class participation: 10%

Attending class is MANDATORY in this course

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