About SPAN 001 A

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. Cannot be taken for credit after SPAN 002.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

¨ **Students must take the Spanish placement exam before registering for this course.¨ SPAN 001 is the first course in a two-semester sequence of beginning Spanish. It 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. 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. All classes will be taught in Spanish. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of SPAN 001, the student: • will be able to exchange greetings, to give his/her identity, and name a number of familiar objects from the immediate environment. • will be able to supply limited information on familiar topics, fill out simple forms and documents, and provide basic biographical information. • will be able to engage in the reading of short, simple texts. • will judge intelligently the quality of the available resources for learning Spanish. • will be sensitive to and respectful of cultural differences. •will have broadened his/her general cultural knowledge of the Spanish-speaking communities and countries of the world today.

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 approximately 2 hours of coursework outside of it. Thus, in SPAN 001, a 4-credit course, a student should expect to work at least 8 hours a week outside of the classroom. Required textbook: Portales, Introductory Spanish I, José A. Blanco + on-line access code. 978-1-68004-196-5


Grades are based on attendance and participation, weekly assignments, written exams, an oral exam, and final exam.

Course Dates



Hills Agri Sci 228 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday, Wednesday and Friday



Cohen Hall 101 (View Campus Map)


to on Tuesday

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