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Spanish 100 - Beginner Spanish
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Spanish 100 Spanish 8 120 There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level. However, students must take a placement exam to determine the course level into which they will be able to enroll.

Component 1: Grammar

This component will look at the following topics:

1. The alphabet. Pronunciation, syllables and accents.
2. The verbs "ser" and "estar". Fundamental values: identification and localization.
3. Nouns and adjectives. Numbers and numerals.
4. The article: definite and indefinite. "A", "de", "en", "sobre". Prepositions "ir" and
5. Adjectives and demonstrative pronouns. The adverbs "ahora", "antes", "despues",
"aquí", "ahí", "allí".
6. Question and negation. Posessive adjectives. The verb "tener"
7. Regular conjugation. Present indicative of verbs ending with AR. Personal pronouns.
The verb "gustar".
8. Present indicative of verbs ending with ER. The verb "hacer".
9. Present indicative of verbs ending with IR. Personal pronouns: "llamarse" and "irse".
Pronominal verbs.
10. Irregular conjugation: "el presente de Indicativo".
11. Irregular conjugation: future and conditional.
12. Ordinal number adjectives
13. Past imperfect of the indicative of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR.
14. Indefinite past of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR. Interrogative
and exclamatory pronouns.
15. Past perfect of the indicative of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR. The helping
verb "haber". Indefinite adjectives and pronouns.
16. Past pluperfect of the indicative of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR. Use of past
17. Simple sentence construction and its elements.
18. Present subjunctive.

Component 2: Practice of Communicative Skills

This component will focus on helping students with the following skills:

I. Spelling
Greetings and saying good-by
Resources for communication control
Vocabulary: Salutations, Days of the week, Months of the year

II. Give and receive personal information: age, nationality, marital status, profession, etc.
Vocabulary: Professions, Nationalities, class

III. Express preferences for travel
Vocabulary: Means of transportation

IV. Asking for and negotiating price
Asking for things in a store
Vocabulary: Stores, money, colors, clothes, fruits and vegetables

V. Talk about daily activities
Ask for and tell time
Be able to discuss ones present actions
Vocabulary: The home, daily routine

VI. Express likes and dislikes
Express support and disagreement
Talk about family
Vocabulary: Likes, the family

VII. Describe the location of places and objects
Physically describe a person
Speak about a person's character
Make plans
Express intentions
Vocabulary: The city, physical description, personality, parts of the body

VIII. Give recommendations and advice.
Give and understand instructions
Offer things
Give permission
Vocabulary: Health, physical activities

IX. Learn to interpret television programming
Choose between products and justify your choosing
Vocabulary: types of programs, etc. types of stores

X. Talk about personal experiences
Talk about past events that are related to the present
Vocabulary: Nature, experiences

Component 3: Language Laboratory

To learn the basic structures of the Spanish language, vocabulary acquisition, and gain an understanding of Spanish phonology.

Grammar exercises and pronunciation and phonetic practical exercises.

Topics to be Discussed:

I. Individual student introductions (discuss briefly aspects about themselves)
II. The verb "estar", location.
Phonetic exercise: (b) and (p)
III. Physical descriptions-questions of understanding
Phonetic exercise: (t) and (d)
IV. Grammar exercises with present indicative verbs-questions and common
conversational phrases.
Phonetic exercise: (k), (g), (f), (s)
V. In a restaurant-vocabulary, likes and dislikes.
Phonetic exercise: (c), (m)
VI. Shopping, colors and other vocabulary.
Exercise: role playing: one student the client, the other the seller.
Phonetic exercise: (n), (ñ), (x)
VII.The family-speaking on the telephone, writing letters, conversations, etc.
Phonetic exercise: (r), (r)
VIII.Travel.-Expressing future plans.
Phonetic exercise: Affirmative phrases, interrogative.
IX. Expressing the past.
Phonetic exercise: interrogative and alternative phrases

Component 4: Oral Comprehension and Expression

The following topics will be looked at in this component:

I. Give and receive personal information (name, nationality, profession, age, address)
In class: how to ask for clarification (what chapter are we looking at, can you please
repeat, please speak louder, etc.)
Speaking in the present tense (Regular Verbs)
Talk about known and unknown things (definite and indefinite articles)
Express quantity (numbers, a lot, a little).
The existence or presence of things ("hay"/"estar")
II. The family and family relations.
Situation in space (prepositions and adverbs of location)
Physical description (adjectives)
Character description ("ser", "estar", "tener", "llevar"+adjective or name)
Time, dates, and weather
III. Daily routine (Irregular verbs)
Writing exercise: write a short composition of your daily activities.
IV. Express likes and opinions (gustar, parecer)
Demonstrate understanding and disagreement (tambien, tampoco)
The home: furniture and appliances
Parts of the body, illness (pain)
V. Present actions (gerund)
Telephone conversations
Express feelings (tener+sust. Ser, estar +adj.)
Express obligation (deber+inf., tener, hay que+inf.)
VI. Discuss the past while referencing the present (este/esta......., hoy, todavía no, ya)
Writing exercise: diary of daily activities and interests.
React to positive and negative situations
Interaction with the speaker (qué bién/mal, qué bena/mala suerte, vaya)
VII. Make reference to objects and/or people previously or presently mentioned in the
VIII. Give advice, instructions and orders.
IX. Discuss past actions. (ayer, .pasado/a)
X. Daily actions in the past (imperfect) (antes, ahora)
Make comparisons
XI. Discuss future actions (future, ir a+inf.)
Make predictions


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