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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 5
Hours: 5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: SPAN 1 or equivalent.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and conduct short conversations, asking questions and giving information, about themselves and personal experiences, in the present, past and future.
  • Understand and produce paragraphs and shorts narrations about past experiences including childhood, youth and recent personal events, using the past + present and future.


Further development and practice of elementary speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in everyday language function, with Spanish as the primary language of instruction. Language laboratory practice to reinforce pronunciation, grammar and syntax. Study of basic geographical, historical and cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking world areas.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. use simple Spanish to order a meal, shop for food and clothes, understand and give simple directions, narrate anecdotes, make reservations and travel plans, and seek health care.
B. speak using standard Spanish pronunciation with reasonable accuracy, so as not to cause misunderstandings.
C. listen to and read authentic materials that employ the targeted language functions and vocabulary.
D. write short compositions using vocabulary and grammatical structures in targeted functions and contexts.
E. identify grammatical structures by name and use them accurately to carry out the targeted language functions.
F. identify the principal countries and areas of the Spanish-speaking world, and develop an understanding of cultural, geographical and linguistic diversity.

Course Content

A. Language Functions
1. Request service and food in a restaurant
2. Simple directions and instructions
3. Daily life activities in the present, past and future
4. Complex questions about present, past and future
5. Narrate and describe past events
6. Make travel arrangements
7. Discuss health conditions
B. Speaking and Pronunciation
1. Practice of vowels, diphthongs and consonants, especially those that can cause confusion
2. Awareness of, and exposure to, different accents in the Spanish-speaking world
3. Practice of dialogues, group discussions and presentations in Spanish
C. Reading and Listening Comprehension
1. Reading assignments with follow-up questions from textbook, and additional authentic reading materials
2. Readings and writing activities about a variety of topics such as narration of past events, shopping, traveling, and regional foods; poetry and fiction selections by well known Spanish, Latin American, and US Latino writers
D. Writing
1. Short compositions based on models dealing with anecdotes in the past, favorite foods and meal preparation, health and travel
2. Practice of accents, correct capitalization, adequate organization of content, and appropriate headings and closings
E. Grammatical Structures and Vocabulary Development
1. Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
2. Formal and informal commands
3. Direct object pronouns
4. Comparisons
5. Reflexive verbs
6. Impersonal "Se"
7. Preterite, imperfect and present perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs
8. Vocabulary about food, daily routine, temporal sequencing, travel, shopping and health
F. Culture
1. Evaluate the historical roots of the independence movements in Latin America
2. Engage in critical analysis and comparisons of the student's own values and cultural assumptions with regard to those of Spanish-speaking peoples and cultures
3. Demonstrate an understanding of language as a fundamental expression of culture
4. Discuss food traditions of the Spanish-speaking world, their connection to the physical geography of Latin America, and current environmental problems
5. Explore pre-Colombian empires, with emphasis on the Inca empire and the legacy of the conquest and independence movements on current indigenous populations
6. Analyze the poetry of Latino writers in the US, and evaluate it in its historical and political context

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to computer with email software and capabilities and current internet browser, email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Oral and written examinations
B. Written assignments
C. Quizzes
D. Workbook manual
E. Oral presentations in class
F. One final oral presentation
G. Final exam

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Blanco, José A. and Philip Redwine Donley. Vistas. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Vistas Higher Learning, 2012.

Blanco, José A. and Philip Redwine Donley. Vistas. Student Activities Manual. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Vistas Higher Learning, 2012.

Terrel, Tracy D., Magdalena Andrade, Jeanne Egasse, and Elias Miguel Munoz. Dos Mundos. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Terrel, Tracy D., Magdalena Andrade, Jeanne Egasse, and Elias Miguel Munoz. Dos Mundos. Student Activities Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2010.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources ranging from 20 to 40 pages per week.

B. Writing exercises and demonstrations:

1. Weekly writing exercises that may cover assigned reading and lecture topics.

2. Write 3 or 4 paragraphs and short narrations about past experiences, including childhood, youth and recent personal events, using the past + present and future tense.



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