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Spanish: Elementary I

SPAN 001 OL1 (CRN: 61500)

4 Credit Hours

About SPAN 001 OL1

Fundamentals of Spanish composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, and writing in a cultural context. Classes are conducted in Spanish and students engage in active use of the language. No prior knowledge expected.


Dates: May 20 - June 28, 2019

Section Description

Spanish 001 is designed for the student with little or no prior knowledge of the language. The course emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In order to learn all of these skills in the online environment, we will use a variety of tools including a discussion board, a video upload and commenting platform (Flipgrid), a videoconferencing platform (Zoom), video tutorials provided by the instructor, and quizzes and an exam through Blackboard. All the tools used will be free for students except for the textbook. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use their newly acquired skills in order to communicate in Spanish in a realistic and culturally appropriate manner. This class will be taught mainly in Spanish.

Section Expectation

The University of Vermont respects the Department of Education’s definition of a credit hour: for every hour spent in a classroom, a student is expected to complete 2-3 hours of coursework outside of it. Thus, in Spanish 001, a 4-credit course, a student should expect to work at least 14 hours per week. While the online course offers more flexibility than a face-to-face class, students should expect to spend as many hours working on this course as in the face-to-face class. Some of this time will be synchronous communication: students will need to spend one hour per chapter, or 7 hours total, in a synchronous Zoom "virtual classroom" with the professor and other students. However, you will be offered a selection of different dates and times to complete these "virtual classes," so you can choose hours which will fit your summer schedule. The textbook for this class is Portales by José E. Blanco, published by Vista Higher Learning: Boston, MA. ISBN #9781680047530. Students will need the book, which should be purchased online from the publisher, and also will need access to the online activities associated with the textbook.


Grading will be based on "virtual class" participation, homework, quizzes, Flipgrid videos, an oral exam, a comprehensive final exam, and a series of short papers in Spanish.




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