Course Objectives: Introduction to the Spanish language and culture. Task- and content-based approach integrates grammar in a functional use through
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Language use encouraged through communicative
activities rather than a sequence of linguistic units. Learning strategies and cultural awareness are also important objectives of the course.
Goals: Students completing SPANISH 103 will know about different
sociocultural norms, acting with awareness of such differences; speak in short
spontaneous conversations involving everyday topics, observing basic courtesy
requirements; understand the gist of one-way communication such as radio and television;
read for practical information; write simple correspondence and short compositions
on familiar topics, with good control of basic sentence structure.
Work Requirements/Evaluation Criteria: Regular attendance essential. Students must participate actively in a student centered communicative environment. Grade based on participation,
homework assignments, in-class work, three unit exams, an oral exam, cultural presentation, journals, composition and a final written exam.
SPANISH 103 is a first year language class for students who are considered to be High beginners. This means that instead of covering first year material in two semesters (SPANISH 101 and 102) students take only one semester of first year Spanish before entering the intermediate level (SPANISH 231). Admittance into the course is
exam recommendation or permission of the coordinator only.
Transfer students should take the placement
exam to determine which course is most appropriate for their needs.