Texas College


Division of General Studies and Humanities

Department of Languages and Literature

Syllabus for

Elementary Spanish I

Summer Session



Course Number:  Span 1301


Course Description:     Spanish I emphasizes the use of Spanish for communication in basic everyday expressions. The course includes a review of basic concepts and continues with advanced grammar and usage. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and the acquisition of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Directed compositions, a study of Hispanic civilization, and an introduction to Hispanic literature are included. This course is intended for students who seek to gain knowledge and the ability to communicate in Spanish.


Credit Hours:                    3 Hours

Instructor:                           Ed Sanders

Phone:                                  (903) 593-8311 Ext -2271

Office:                                  MSBC-Rm 113

Office Hours:                    Monday-Thursday 12:30pm-1:30pm

                                           (Appointments are recommended although not required)


Email:                                   esanders@texascollege.edu

Class:                                    Elementary Spanish I


Prepared by:                      Mr. Edward Sanders___________________________/___/___/_____                                                                                                                  Instructor                                                                                      Date

Approved by:                   Dr. Baker-Fletcher ______________________              /      /   __/_____                                                                                                       Division Chair                                                                              Date                                                                                                                                                                                



I. Course Materials


1. Text: Silverstein, Ruth, Heywood, Wald and Pomerantz, Allen. Spanish Now-Level 1

Barron Educational, 7ed. Hauppauge, NY. Barron Educational Series. 2005


A. Supported material

Kendris, Christopher.  501 Spanish Verbs-Barron Educational- Hauppauge, NY. Barron Educational Series


II. Course Description

Spanish I emphasizes the use of Spanish for communication in basic everyday expressions. The course includes a review of basic concepts and continues with advanced grammar and usage. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and the acquisition of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Directed compositions, a study of Hispanic civilization, and an introduction to Hispanic literature are included. This course is intended for students who seek to gain knowledge and the ability to communicate in Spanish.



III. Course Objectives

 Spanish I course seeks to develop language skills that apply in many subject areas rather than any single subject matter. Further, the Spanish I course includes the study of Hispanic people and cultures, inherent in the study of any language. The goals of the Spanish I course are:


1. To develop the ability to understand the spoken language both formally and in conversation:


2. To develop the ability to speak with accuracy and fluency using appropriate pronunciation


3. To acquire vocabulary and grasp structure that enables the student to read newspaper and magazine articles, as well as literature with ease and accuracy; and


4. To develop the ability to express ideas accurately and fluently in writing.


IV. Competencies:


1. The student will understand the processes of first- and second-language acquisition and development and applies this knowledge to promote his/her language proficiency in their first language and second language


2. The student will demonstrates knowledge of major language components

    (e.g., verb conjugation, nouns, morphology, syntactic features, all other parts of 

    speech) and applies this knowledge to address students' language development

    needs in language 1 and language 2.


3. The student will understands cognitive, linguistic, social, and affective factors

    that affects second-language acquisition and will use this knowledge to promote

    student's language development in Spanish.


4.  The student will be able to communicate with basic skills in Spanish in a wide range

     of subjects.


5.  The student will be able to connect to the Hispanic culture by


V.   Course Evaluations


1. The evaluation of each student is based on the following criteria


A. Attendance (review college policies-see item VI below)

B. Attitudes (as addressed below)

C. Knowledge of the text goals and objectives

D. Successful completion of all class requirements and projects.

E. Quiz preparation

F. Examination preparation

G. Passing with minimum score of 70 % accuracy


The Evaluation Rubric

Every assignment will be evaluated using the rubric of Quality,

Neatness, Organization, and Thoroughness (Q-N-O-T) as the basis for



A student’s evaluation will reflect their level of response to the

assignment topic and to each criteria listed below.


a Quality: The assignment will demonstrate quality research and targeted

responses to each project.

b Neatness: Each assignment will be evaluated on the physical appearance of

the project. This element involves handwriting, word processing, and other

facet of appearance of the assignment.

c. Organization: Each assignment will present ideas and responses in an

organized and logical format.

d. Thoroughness: Before submitting an assignment for evaluation, the

student will:


1) Neatly place name and date on each assignment

2) Address the tasks and questions

3) Examine the quality of the responses

4) Evaluate the neatness of the assignment

5) Edit with attention to detail as well as organization of ideas.


The assignment submitted for evaluation must demonstrate the ability to use

Spanish concepts learned prior to the date of the assignment. This includes the ability to use proper syntax; well-developed sentences and paragraphs; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and the use of appropriate vocabulary.


2. The students are encouraged to:

Plan ahead- Use time to address assignments proactively.


Turn in assignments at the beginning of class on the dates they are

due. There will be no credit for work turned in after this time without a legitimate excuse.


Save- back up and keep a copy of every semester project,

   response, etc.


The instructor is not responsible for missing papers. A student should be able to document any work completed by presenting a duplicate copy. The student will need one copy for

submitting to instructor and one for discussion notes/replacement pieces.

Check e-mail messages daily.


VI. Course Expectations


A. Attendance, Punctuality and Responsibility Policies of students:

Students are encouraged to attend every scheduled class day. Class time is devoted to pertinent announcements, quizzes, content lectures, small-group collaboration on content and processes, and whole-class discussions related to content, procedures, and processes.

Missing class is extremely detrimental to the successful completion of course expectations. 


  1. Any student who sleeps in class will receive an unexcused absence
  2. Students are not permitted to use cellular phone or any electronics devices during class.  The device must be turned off while in class. If a cell phone disturbs the class in anyway, the student may get an unexcused absence and lower grade.
  3. Any student who is asked to leave the class because of disruption will be marked absence even if the roll has been taken.
  4. It is the responsibility of the student to keep track of his/her legitimate absences and to obtain missed material from instructor.
  5. It is the responsibility of the student to inform instructor via e-mail, phone or written notice if he/she will be late, absence or must leave class early.
  6. Textbooks are required. (See Handbook)
  7. Any student who commits Plagiarism or Copying from another student’s work will receive a ZERO for the particular assignment and will be subject to administrative action. (Student Handbook)


On-Campus Class: Formal roll will be taken at the beginning of each class

session. The instructor follows the Texas College attendance requirement

included in the Texas College Student Handbook which states, "a

student who misses more than ( 8 classes) of the class meetings of a course

will be in danger of failing the course.”


As stated in the Handbook"As long as it is consistent with

this college minimum attendance policy, each professor may initiate his or her own

policy and, in such case, include the policy in the course syllabus distributed at the

beginning of the semester."


**A student who has more than four (4) absences will experience a drop of one

letter grade.


There are two situations which will be considered as an excused absence

providing the student submit a written “Absence Documentation Form” and attach

appropriate documentation as described below.


a. Personal Illness: To receive excused absence credit, the student must produce a note from their attending physician stating the dates the physician gave treatment and the dates for which the student should be excused from class participation. This note and a Documentation Form are due on the day the student returns to class following treatment.


b. Family Death: A student who experiences a death in the nuclear or extended

family should contact the Dean of Academic Affairs (903-593-8311. The

professor will receive notification from that office and will respond appropriately. The

student is responsible for completing the Absence Documentation Form and attaching

any documentation perceived necessary.


c. Tardiness: Students who are tardy (not in seat when class begins) not only miss the initial activities of the class, but they are disruptive to their classmates. Students who arrive in class after the roll sheet has been signed must contact the instructor in writing with a statement, giving rational for tardy appearance. This must be submitted immediately following the class period that day to be recorded as "present but tardy." Three tardy appearances will count as one absence. Students who are tardy are accountable for any information delivered in class.


d. Pre-Planned Medical Treatments: A student who anticipates medical treatment during the semester must complete any assignments prior to the event of treatment. These treatments may be addressed as "excused absences" if criteria above (#1 Personal Illness) are addressed and work is submitted prior to the event of treatment.

The student is encouraged to alert the instructor of these pre-planned events.


e. Withdrawals:  It is the students’ responsibility to initiate withdrawal from the class; students who stop attending class or who are receiving an –F- in class will not automatically be dropped by the instructor.  The students must complete the appropriate withdrawal form and process it by the deadline published in the schedule of classes.




Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered as non-scheduled events during the

semester. There will be no make-up quizzes only for legitimate reasons.


Examinations: Students are expected to be in class on all of the

scheduled examination dates. This policy relates to the Final Examination Date as well.

All examinations are listed in the class schedule, and the class finals will be administered

as scheduled in the Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes.


B. Completion of Course Assignments

Each student will consult the course agenda and present assignments at

the beginning of class on the date it is due unless otherwise noted by either an in-class

announcement or an e-mail. Nothing will be accepted after the beginning of the class

event. Students must bring duplicate copies of the assignments to class. This

allows them to actively participate in class activities and discussions after the assignment

is submitted.


C. Professional Habits and Attitudes

Each student must realize that their personal response to course assignments, their classmates, and the faculty and staff will effect their grade and is an

important factor in becoming a professional educator.


Responses to Course Assignments: Each assignment is designed to

facilitate and demonstrate growth in the educational experience.


Responses to Peers: Working with others is vital to success in acquiring a foreign language. As each student functions as a part of a learning team on campus and in the different activities, they are to be supportive of each other and they are to offer constructive feedback.


Response to Instructors and Support Staff: During the semester

each student will experience a variety of individuals functioning with instructors and staff. Personnel and staff will be treated with respect at all times.


Personal Info: Each student will submit a 3x5 card with personal info on the second day of class.


Lecture Notes: All lecture notes must be kept in a folder or notebook by date, course period, assignment or concept title and must be legible available for me to check whenever I call for it.  A grade will be given for this project.


Internet assignments (www.studyspanish.com): All internet assignment grades must be printed out with student’s name on it and turned in to the teacher` to obtain a grade.





D. Course Grades:


Home work                                                    15%

Quizzes                                                           20%

Exams/Test                                                    40%   

Participation/Lecture Notes                         15%

Oral Presentation                                          10%


91 - 100 A

88 - 90 B+

81 - 87 B

78 - 80 C+

71 - 77 C

68 - 70 D



E. Class Schedule for May Summer Session-Spanish I


Rm 201 MSBC


5/19/10       On campus           Introduction/Syllabus-Please read syllabus

Write 10 Reasons to Learn Spanish (Research on web) –Submit this item by (5/21/10)

Las vocales and los alfabetos-pages-xi- xii in textbook-PLEASE USE RESOURCE LINK 1 & 2-(LISTEN and PRACTICE)


5/20/10      On campus            Saludos-pp- Please refer to pages 414-416 in textbook. REVIEW RESOURCE LINK-6-LISTEN and PRACTICE   Los verbos “SER/ESTAR” REVIEW RESOURCE LINKS 5 & 14. Read page 129. Complete section VI-page 134 in textbook.  Submit on 5/24/10.

Los articulos definidos e indefinidos xvi/xix REVIEW RESOURCE LINKS-3 & 14 for these items

Los verbos que terminan en –(AR VERBS-page 25)-(ER-IR-page 34)  REVIEW RESOURCE LINK-13- Please learn this CONCEPT!!!   Complete-RESOURCE “ STUDY SPANISH COM”-NUMBER -8AB-Submit for a grade before 5/24/10

Los Palabras interogativas/ page -xv-xvi-xxiv-Memorize  these words. REVIEW RESOURCE LINKS-14


5/24/10      On campus            Subject Pronouns- PLEASE STUDY RESOURCE-4-POWERPOINT CAREFULLY.

Los adjetivos-xxii-Study pages 148-149- Complete exercise 11AB Grammar-“studyspanish.com” Due 5/29/10.

El cuerpo humano-xxv-xxvi TPR-STUDYSPANISH.COM (Vocabulary- quiz 24A) (DUE 5/29/10)


5/26/10      On campus            Unidades 1-El substantivo y artículo definido-singular- REVIEW RESOURCE LINK- 14                   


5/28/10                                    Internet--Examen-ser-articulos definidos, indefinidos y verbos –ar- STUDY SPANISH COM (Grammar 1-3-4-5-7-8-15)

                                                Unidad 2- artículo definido-plurales  (DUE 5/29/10)



                                                Unidad 3-Los verbos que terminan en –ar--Read “El cumpleaños de Joselito” on page 21 and list each verb. Study the verbs “IR, Ir + infinitive and Dar on studyspanish. Complete studyspanish 31 & 32AB. Submit by 5/29/10


                                                Learn all of the VERBS, NOUNS and ADJECTIVES at the beginning of each chapter in the textbook if you can. You will be proud of yourself. The more words you learn the more effective you will be in learning to speak the Spanish language. Study section 51 on studyspanish and complete 51AB. Submit by 5/30/10




6/1/10      On campus              Mid-Term Exams (will be given on campus)


6/7/10                          `           Unidad 7-Study and learn numbers on pages 72-73

                                                Idiomatic Expressions and Telling time-pages 422-431 –Complete Studyspanish 53AB Submit by 6/9/10


6/8/10                                      Unidad 7-Complete pps 75-80 (email me your work)

                                                Unidad 8-Read Article “Asi es la vida”

·         Parse verbs Los verbos irregulars –“dar” e “ir” (email me your work)

·         Los  YoGo verbs (p.85) Research “Yo Go verbs” on the internet and conjugate 10 of them. 

·         Also complete Studyspanish-22AB Submit by 6/10/10




6/9/10                                      Unidad 9- Read pages 93-97-11-La preposicion –“a”

Unidad 10-Read pages 106-107--La preposicion  “de”

·         Complete exercises I and II on page 108.

·         Complete studyspanish 26AB

·         Unidad 11-Read pages 115-116-Complete exercise I and II on pages 120-121- Submit by 6/12/10



6/15/10                                    Unidad 12-La comparación del verbos –ser y estar

·         Read page 127

·         Study page 129 (bottom)

·         Complete studyspanish-15AB –Submit by 6/17/10


                                                Unidad 13- adjetivos

·         Read pages 145-150

·         Complete exercise II on page 150-Submit by 6/17/10


                                                Unidades 14-15-Los numeros y adjetivos

·         Read pages 155-160—168-170

·         Complete studyspanish 11AB and 12 AB-Submit by 6/17/10


6/17/10                                    Unidad 16-Conversational/Los mandatos-formal e informal

·         Read pages 179-180

·         Complete page 181

·         Complete studyspanish 90AB-Submit by 6/18/10


                                                Unidad 17-Conversational-Adjetivos posesivos

·        Read pages 190-191

·        Complete studyspanish 21AB-Submit by 6/18/10


6/18/10                                    Unidad 20-Los verbos que cambian

·         Read page 224

·         Conjugate all of the verbs on page 224 section  C in Spanish and English (Review verb format on RESOURCE PAGE)

·         Complete studyspanish 28-29-30 (A only)  Submit by 6/20/10


6/22/10                                    Unidades 23-Los complementos-Study page 261ª in textbook-Complete exercise I on page 263/Studyspanish 41AB-Submit by 6/23/10

Unidad 25- y el verbo gustar-Read pages 282-284- REVIEW RESOURCE LINKS-14 Complete exercise I on page 285 and studyspanish 58AB- Submit by 6/23/10

                                                Unidades 26 and 27-Read and study “El pretérito y los verbos irregulares” on pages-293 & 302-303- Complete exercises I on page 294 and exercise A on page 303- Submit by 6/23/10


6/23/10                                    Presentations-Required (3 minutes) Will be submitted via CD, Cassette etc; (See Resource page for an example)


6/21-25/10       On campus      Final Exams (will be given on campus)