Texas College


Division of General Studies and Humanities

Department of Languages and Literature



Elementary Spanish I



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  Building-Rm 113

Virtual Office Hours:         Monday-Thursday:                            10:00am - 12:00am


                    Monday-Thursday:                      8:00pm -  10:00pm




Email:                                    esanders@texascollege.edu

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


Approved by:                      Dr. Garth Baker-Fletcher______________________               /      /   __/_____                                                                                                       Division Chair                                                                              Date                                                                                                                                                                                





II. Course Overview

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 Question


            Why are you taking this course?


A.     Only to satisfy my Spanish core requirement. (no particular interest)


B.      Because of your fascination with the language.


C.     I have satisfied my core requirement but I am taking this course because I’m interested in learning more Spanish.


D.    Other reasons:  1)Knowing Spanish will make me a more marketable person in this global society.  2)  It will help me to develop discipline skills that I will need in life.  3)  I will gain a better insight of the rules and structure of a Romance Language.


IV.  Learning Outcomes and Purposes for Spanish 1301


       By the end of each course, the student will be able to…


  1.  Communicate in Spanish in everyday situations such as:

·         Greetings in Spanish

·         Asking questions

·         Describing people, places and things (at home, work and school)

·         Talk about daily schedule

·         Shopping expressions

·         Discuss simple likes and preferences


  1.  Produce and interpret oral and written Spanish at least a Novice College Level.


  1.  Describe and illustrate aspects of the culture of Spanish speaking countries covered in the course.  Compare and contrast the similarities and differences among between each Spanish speaking country.


  1. Evaluate one’s own values, behaviors and world-views on the socio-cultural topics presented in the course.  Compare and contrast values, behaviors and worldviews with Spanish speakers.


  1. Understand the use of basic grammar structure when listening to the Spanish language.


  1. Understand the use of basic grammar structure when reading the Spanish language.


  1. Understand the use of basic grammar structure when writing in the Spanish language.


  1. Appreciation and understanding of the many cultures of the world’s Spanish-speaking nations.


  1. Appreciation and understanding of the variety of ways in which the Spanish language is used in a classroom and outside of a classroom setting.


  1. Each student will develop “High critical thinking skills” from this course.

The course outcome will support the “Mission Statement” of  Texas College.  

                 Its mission is to ensure that graduates experience a balanced intellectual, psycho-social, and spiritual development aimed at making them active and productive members of society. The College pursues academic excellence; instills integrity; implants perseverance; promotes social responsibility; emphasizes tolerance; and encourages community service by its students as essential anchors in fulfilling its mission in an ever-changing world.

The College recognizes the dynamic nature of the modern world and, hence, the need to integrate faith with technological and scientific advancements to improve the human condition.

V. 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.


VI. 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

    students' 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 speaking,

     listening, reading and writing Spanish.


VII. Course activities:

1.       Students will need basic computers skills to be successful in this course because many of the homework assignments will require computer knowledge in web searching and research.


2.       Students will have a choice of selecting some assignment during the course for a grade.


3.      Students will be given many opportunities to self correct assignments on www.studyspanish.com to improve their score


4.      Students will be engaged in group work, tutorial setting via the teacher and Spanish Club members, class discussions, writing, dictation, questions and answer sessions and video clips of language concepts.


5.      Students will receive timely feedback on all assignment via teacher’s comments and JICS.



VIII. Course Outline and Class Schedule


E. Class Schedule for May Summer Session-Spanish I


5/16/11       On campus           Introduction/Syllabus-Please read syllabus

Write 10 Reasons to Learn Spanish (Research on web) –Submit this item by (5/21/11)

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


5/20/11                                    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 5/24/11.

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 5/24/11

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

 5/24/11                                   Subject Pronouns- PLEASE STUDY RESOURCE-4-POWERPOINT CAREFULLY.

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

El cuerpo humano-xxv-xxvi TPR-STUDYSPANISH.COM (Vocabulary- quiz 24G) (DUE 5/29/11)

5/26/11                                    Unidades 1-El substantivo y artículo definido-singular- REVIEW RESOURCE LINK- 14                     

5/28/11                                    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 5/29/11)

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 5/29/11

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 5/30/11



 6/3/11     On campus  Mid-Term Exams (will be given on campus)


6/7/11                          `           Unidad 7-Study and learn numbers on pages 72-73

                                                Idiomatic Expressions and Telling time-pages 422-431 –Complete Studyspanish 53AB Submit by 6/9/11


6/8/11                          Unidad 7-Complete pps 75-80 (email me your work)

                                                Unidad 8-Read ArticleAsi 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 6/10/11




6/9/11                                      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 6/12/11


6/15/11                                    Unidad 12-La comparación del verbos –ser y estar

·         Read page 127

·         Study page 129 (bottom)

·         Complete studyspanish-15AB –Submit by 6/17/11

                                                Unidad 13- adjetivos

·         Read pages 145-150

·         Complete exercise II on page 150-Submit by 6/17/11


                                                Unidades 14-15-Los numeros y adjetivos

·         Read pages 155-160—168-170

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


6/16/11                                    Unidad 16-Conversational/Los mandatos-formal e informal

·         Read pages 179-180

·         Complete page 181

·         Complete studyspanish 90AB-Submit by 6/18/11


                                                Unidad 17-Conversational-Adjetivos posesivos

·        Read pages 190-191

·        Complete studyspanish 21AB-Submit by 6/18/11


6/17/11                                    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 6/20/11


6/20/11                                    Unidades 23-Los complementos-Study page 261ª in textbook-Complete exercise I on page 263/Studyspanish 41AB-Submit by 6/20/11

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 6/21/11



6/21/11                                    Presentations-Required (3 minutes) Will be submitted via CD, Cassette etc; (See Resource page for an example)


6/22-23/111     On campus      Final Exams (will be given on campus)



IX.   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 assignment.


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

                   the work. 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 on the due dates are very important.

 There will be no credit for work turned in after this time without a legitimate  excuse. TEACHER WILL NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 2 ASSIGNMENTS AT ONE TIME. 


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

   response, etc.


X.  Class Policies and Course Expectations


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.


A. Attendance, Punctuality and Responsibility Policies of students:

Hybrid classes are a combination of online and classroom instruction. Students and teacher will work online via the Internet, but we will also meet part of the time --usually one day a week-- in the classroom.  This format gives students the best of both worlds--the Internet and the classroom--and at the same time, allows more flexibility.  Our experience has been that these classes will require you to be "in attendance" the same amount of time as your regular classes do . . . but that they give you (and your teacher) more flexibility in how that time is used.  

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to keep track of his/her legitimate absences and to obtain missed material from instructor.
  2. Textbooks are require
  3. 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)


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.



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. Wrong assignments will not be accepted.

event. TEACHER WILL NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 2 ASSIGNMENTS AT ONE TIME.  Missed assignments must be submitted within 1 week of DUE DATE.

The class assignments will consist of selections from text, www.studyspanish.com and others. You will need to register for “studyspanish” by using your Texas College email address and teacher’s ID (H4AAXK92)


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.


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.


ADA Compliance Statement. Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Students needing and requesting support for a specific disability must self-identify or self-disclose in writing, complete the appropriate 504 Form with appropriate documentation from local, state or federal agencies, and submit it to the Compliance Officer located in the Office of Academic Affairs.







D. Course Grades:


Home work                                                    20%

Quizzes                                                           25%

Exams/Test                                                    35%   

Participation/Lecture Notes                         10%

Oral Presentation (Exam)                             10%


90 - 100 A

88 – 89  B+

80 – 87  B

78 - 80  C+

70 - 77  C

60 - 69  D


All grades will be available on JICS beginning the 1st week of class. 



XI. Course Materials


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

Barron Educational , 7ed. Hauppauge, NY. Barron Educational Series. 2005 (Required)


A. Supported material

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


 B. www.Studyspanish.com  


C.  Spanish-English dictionary