Lower Division Courses

"Placement Test" for Spanish 1A, 1B, 2A and/or 2B: there are no "placement Tests" for Spanish 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B. 

"Credit Allowances" are listed for Foreign Language classes. It is based on the student's experience in the language and most from the studies in high school. You may find those allowances here.

Credit by Examination: To "test out" of a course, you must be enrolled in the course for the same semester. There is two application procedure (1) the department request and (2) the university's Application for Credit by Examination". The same Department Credit Allowances pertain for students requesting to test out. Please note: Credit may not be awarded for a lower-division course if the student has received credit (credit or letter grade) for an uper-division course in that same foreign language. For example: if a student has received a letter grade for Spanish 119 (upper division course), the student cannot challenge Spanish 4A (lower division course).

The department application is available at the department office (Peters Business Bldg, Room 393). This form will required a copy of your unofficial transcript for the Chair's review and decision.

SPANISH LOWER DIVISION COURSES

SPAN 1A. Elementary Spanish (4). Beginning course in conversational and written Spanish. Emphasis on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. (CAN SPAN 2)

  • SPAN 1A Course Description. Spanish 1A is an elementary Spanish course designed for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish.  The course emphasizes oral communication, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing skills.
  • Student Learning Outcomes.  Students successfully completing SPAN 1A will be able to:
  • Engage in simple interpersonal exchanges in which culturally appropriate conversational conventions are employed to carry out basic speech acts such as greetings, exchange of names, politeness and leave-taking.
  • Describe daily routines, studies, family, friends and other people, foods, travel, sports, pastimes, the home and other topics of day-to-day relevance using present-tense verbs, including reflexive and irregular verbs.
  • Read short, contextualized passages on Hispanic and world cultures for comprehension.
  • Write short, personalized essays using complete sentences.
  • Describe habitual actions and personal routines in the past.

SPAN 1B. Elementary Spanish (4). Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. SPAN 1A or permission of instructor recommended. Second semester course in conversational and written Spanish. G.E. Breadth C2. (CAN SPAN 4)

  • SPAN 1B Course Description.  Spanish 1B is a second semester course in conversational and written Spanish. G.E. Breadth C2.
  • Student Learning Outcomes.  Students successfully completing SPAN 1B will be able to:
  •  Describe and narrate in the past tenses;
  • Talk about likes and dislikes;
  • Describe people’s personalities and physical characteristics;
  • Understand  and create basic communication involving everyday topics including clothing, the weather, the home and its furnishings, holidays, parties and celebrations, work and the labor market, foods and shopping, and sports and other pastimes;
  • Give formal and informal commands;
  • Describe actions and events that are occurring at the present moment;
  • Compare people, things, qualities and quantities of things.

SPAN 2A. Spanish for Communication (3). Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Second year course that emphasizes speaking and reading skills. G.E. Breadth C2. (CAN SPAN 8) 


SPAN 2B. Spanish for Communication (3). Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Open to students with four years of high school Spanish. G.E. Breadth C2. (CAN SPAN 10)

SPAN 3. Reading and Writing (3). Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. SPAN 2A or 2B recommended. Opportunity to increase reading and writing skills in preparation for upper-division coursework in Spanish. G.E. Breadth C2.

SPAN 3 Course Description: This course stresses reading and writing skills in Spanish. The goal is for student to increase reading and writing skills in preparation for upper-division course work in Spanish. The class proposes to build upon previous study of Spanish to take the student from an elementary to an intermediate level of reading and writing skills in the language. The class will seek to review and strengthen grammar principles, broaden student’s vocabulary base, improve reading comprehension and move towards a more proficient written expression.

SPAN 3 Course Objectives:             

• Evaluate analyze, and critically assess the ideas and meanings of diverse texts

• Compose response to readings

• Write for a variety of purposes and audiences

• Vocabulary preparation: cognates; recognition through context; word families

• Advance organization: anticipating, predicting, skimming and scanning the reading selections

•Strategy development: decoding strategies such as using parts of speech or syntax to determine meaning as well as high-order strategies such as interpreting metaphors and distinguishing main supporting ideas

•Transferring strategies to writing brief compositions based on the topics of the reading selections

•Increase vocabulary

•Refine knowledge of grammar and syntax improve fluency in reading and writing

SPAN 4A. Spanish for the Bilingual Student (3). Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. For the native speaker of Spanish who has intensive life experience using the Spanish language. Grammar is stressed, but speaking, reading, and writing skills are also further developed. G.E. Breadth C2.

SPAN 4A Course Description: For students from a bilingual background who have previous formal study of Spanish.  Emphasis on productive language skills, grammar, advanced reading, comprehension, and culture using peninsular and Latin American texts.

SPAN 4A Course goals:  At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Comprehend, summarize and explain literary texts in Spanish.
  • Distinguish between the orthographic rules of formal and informal Spanish.
  • Organize and express ideas in writing.
  • Identify and explain several aspects of Hispanic culture, history, sociology, literature and contributions to American society

SPAN 4B. Spanish for the Bilingual Student (3). Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. SPAN 3 or permission of instructor recommended. For students from a bilingual background who have previous formal study of Spanish. Emphasis on productive language skills, grammar, advanced reading comprehension, and culture using peninsular and Latin American texts. G.E. Breadth C2.

SPAN 4B Course goals:  At the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Comprehend, summarize and explain literary texts in Spanish.
  • Distinguish between the orthographic rules of formal and informal Spanish.
  • Organize and express ideas in writing.
  • Develop an understanding of the power of language, image, symbol and metaphor in our lives and in the arts.
  • Promote an understanding of the terminology of language and grammar.
  • Identify and explain several aspects of Hispanic culture, history, sociology, literature and contributions to American society.

SPAN 5. Spanish for Conversation (3). Recommended: SPAN 2A or 2B. Emphasis on spoken Spanish; development of oral fluency through class discussion, conversation games, and vocabulary exercises.

SPAN 5 Course Description: Spanish 5 is a conversation course for intermediate students of Spanish. Emphasis is on spoken Spanish; development of oral fluency through class discussion, conversation games, oral presentations, vocabulary exercises and homework assignments in reading, research and grammar. 

SPAN 5 Course Objectives:

To communicate orally in Spanish at an:

  • intermediate-advanced level description of people, places, things, events
  • advanced-level narration in present tense
  • intermediate-level narration in past and future tenses
  • intermediate-advanced use of vocabulary related to daily life activities

To make formal oral presentations in Spanish at an intermediate-advanced level comprised of:

  • organized description, narration, exposition using/listing new, pertinent vocabulary
  • well formulated opinions
  • paragraph-length sustained speech without continuous reliance on notes
  • grammatical constructions
  • pronunciation intelligible to native speakers

SPAN 8T. Fundamental Skills in Spanish (1-2; max total 4 if no topic repeated)

Instruction in fundamental problems in writing and word usage, such as accentuation, spelling, and vocabulary. Intended primarily for students who need more work in specific areas of writing and speaking. CR/NC grading only.

SPAN 10. Spanish in Context (3 or 6; max total 6)
Recommended: two years of high school Spanish, SPAN 1B or permission of instructor. Intended for those who are enrolled in our summer study abroad program. Emphasizes speaking, reading, and cultural interaction with members of the community. (Summer only)