SRJC Course Outlines

5/22/2024 3:32:19 AMSPAN 50A Course Outline as of Summer 2006

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Discipline and Nbr:  SPAN 50ATitle:  BEG CONVERSATION-1  
Full Title:  Conversation for Beginners - Part 1
Last Reviewed:11/25/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled1.003 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A beginning conversational Spanish course designed to improve those listening and speaking skills needed for survival at school, on the job, and in the community. Students participate in a variety of pronunciation, listening and conversational activities.  An introduction to the core grammatical structures and vocabulary required for communication.  Not recommended for heritage speakers of Spanish or students with two years of high school Spanish or one year of college Spanish with "A" or "B" grade within the past three years.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to conversational Spanish and development of language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on oral communication.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Demonstrate ability to use a variety of common Spanish verbs,
   adjectives, and nouns in basic conversation.
2.  Demonstrate the ability to use verbs in the present tense.
3.  Formulate short statements and simple, direct questions and interpret
   responses of other speakers using common Spanish vocabulary
   relevant to everyday academic and social contexts.
4.  Generate questions and phrases that are comprehensible to a native
   speaker of Spanish.
5.  Correctly respond to instructions when given in Spanish
6.  Demonstrate emergence of accurate Spanish phonetics and pronunciation.
7.  Extract new vocabulary from context.
8.  Screen a simple, printed text for specific information and
   main idea.
9.  Identify main ideas and key words in familiar spoken statements.
10. Appropriately discriminate between a formal and an informal context
   and express appropriate courtesy.
11. Formulate statements in the present tense that describe preferences,
   future plans, daily activities, family and surroundings.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Greetings and expressions of courtesy
2.  The alphabet
3.  Numbers 0-100
4.  Class subjects and university-related vocabulary
5.  The family
6.  Food
7.  Days of the week
8.  Question formation
9.  Nouns and adjectives
10. ser and estar
11. Regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs
12. Time
13. gustar
14. future with ir a
15. Irregular verbs such as tener, ir
16. Stem-changing verbs
17. Basic foreign language learning, reading, and writing strategies
18. Introduction to Spanish-speaking culture and customs.

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Assignments for Spanish 50A may include:
1.  Readings from the textbook
2.  Recall and reproduction of introduced vocabulary and verb conjugations
3.  Written exercises from the textbook vocabulary manual or handouts
4.  Language lab coursework and or Web-related tasks
5.  Individual, pair and small group work that applies acquired language
   to specific contexts and tasks and which is designed to prepare
   the students for real world situations
6.  Viewing of text-based video and completion of accompanying
   comprehension exercises
7.  Preparation for class performance and presentations.
8.  Preparation for quizzes and exams.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 60%
Class performance and presentation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 50%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 25%
Completion of required language lab hours

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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SRJC Bookstore.  These titles are representative only, and may not be
the same ones used in your class.
INVITACIONES, Alonso-Lyrintzis, Vista Higher Learning, 2004.

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