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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 5 80 One semester of college level Spanish is recommended

Beginning Level students take a set curriculum of Spanish language, consisting of four parts: Spanish Grammar, Practice of Communicative Skills, Language Laboratory and Oral Comprehension and Expression.

Course Title: Spanish Grammar
20 contact hours

This component will cover the following topics:

I. The alphabet. Pronunciation, syllables and accents.
II. The verbs “ser” and “estar”. Fundamental values: identification and localization.
III. Nouns and adjectives. Numbers and numerals.
IV. The article: definite and indefinite. “A”, “de”, “en”, “sobre”. Prepositions “ir” and “estar”.
V. Adjectives and demonstrative pronouns. The adverbs “ahora”, “antes”, “despues”, “aquí”, “ahí”, “allí”.
VI. Question and negation. Posessive adjectives. The verb “tener”
VII. Regular conjugation. Present indicative of verbs ending with "AR. Personal pronouns. The verb “gustar”.
VIII. Present indicative of verbs ending with "ER. The verb “hacer”.
IX. Present indicative of verbs ending with "IR. Personal pronouns: “llamarse” and “irse”. Pronominal verbs.
X. Irregular conjugation: “el presente de Indicativo”.
XI. Irregular conjugation: future and conditional.
XII. Ordinal number adjectives
XIII. Past imperfect of the indicative of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR.
XIV. Indefinite past of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR. Interrogative and exclamatory pronouns.
XV. Past perfect of the indicative of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR. The helping verb “haber”. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns.
XVI. Past pluperfect of the indicative of the verbs ending with: -AR, -ER, -IR. Use of past tenses.
XVII. Simple sentence construction and its elements.
XVIII. Present subjunctive.

Course Title: Practice of Communicative Skills
20 contact hours

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

Course Title: Language Laboratory
20 contact hours

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

Activities 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

Course Title: Oral Comprehension and Expression
20 contact hours

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 conversation.
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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