Introductory Spanish I

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Ms. Caron Glenda Juerakhan

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Course Support: Ms. Phillip +1 444 4175 ext 3823

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course provides a solid grammatical base and a rich and useful vocabulary. It seeks to help the students acquire the necessary skills to enable them to communicate orally and in writing satisfactorily in Spanish about everyday situations and to understand different articles in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on the following language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Positive attitudes to foreign language learning, to speakers of the language  and their cultures.
  2. Essential language skills for effective communication in Spanish.
  3. A sound base for further study and use of the language in practical, everyday situations relating to work and leisure.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To introduce students to the fundamental structures of Spanish.
  2. To develop and encourage fluency and accuracy in expression.
  3. To develop speaking, reading, listening and writing skills in Spanish.
  4. To increase the students’ awareness of Latin American culture.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

1:  Narrate and describe in present and future, on a variety of familiar topics.

2:  Read and understand simple texts which include Latin American culture and lifestyle.

3: Communicate orally in a variety of social situations. 4: Understand discourse on a variety of topics and situations.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less

Course Materials:

Text: Ultimate SPANISH.  Beginner – Intermediate,    Living Language

Dos Mundos  [Any edition]

Course Grading Requirement:

Attendance                      10%

Participation                    10%

Course work                    20% (2 in-class tests/assignments) 

Mid-term                         30 % [Oral exam]

Final Assignment            30%  [Written]

Total                               100%  

Course Requirements:

  Class time will be devoted exclusively to activities that will allow the students to practice the skills of understanding and interacting in Spanish. Therefore they are expected to use the tentative class schedule as a guide [the instructor will also inform them] to read the notes on the topics and be prepared to participate in every class. Attendance is mandatory as a language is spoken as well as written.            

Course Schedule

Weeks 1-3

  • Greeting and goodbyes
  • yourself and others
  • The articles
  •  Clothes and colors
  • Describing oneself
  •  Describing the class room
  •  The family
  • Group activity: describing someone in your group/favorite professor
  • Quiz 1  [week 3]

 Weeks 4-7

  • Parts of the body
  •  Numbers: Age, dates, birthdays…
  • Language and nationalities
  • Personal information
  • The present tense/Daily activities 
  • Tu/usted/ustedes
  • Reading Comprehension:  Los amigos hispanos: Nora Morales
  • Listening Comprehension: Los números
  • Revision [Midterm Exam, Oral]]

 Week 8

  • Midterm Exam [Oral]

Weeks 9-11

  • Likes/dislikes, sports/activities
  • Future plans
  • Time
  •  Weather
  • Classes/subject
  • Reading Comprehension:  En el hotel/la tienda/el banco
  •  Listening Comprehension: La hora

Weeks 12-14

  • Estar + gerund: Activities in progress
  • Ser, estar, tener: Location of people, places and things…
  •  Preferences/desires
  • =Questions/Situations
  • Listening/Reading Comprehension
  • Revision for quiz 2
  • =Quiz 2 [wk 13]

Week 15

  •  Fun activities using the language
  • Revision for Final assignment/Exam           

Week 16

  • Final Assignment/Exam  [Written]

Attention: Challenge exam will test Pasos A, B, C, Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of  

Dos Mundos.  [Any edition]

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.