Summer 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Henson, George
Discipline and Number
SPAN 1311 Section 09M
MTWR Time 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Course Title
Beginning Spanish I

Description of Course:

Beginning Spanish I allows beginning language learners to hear Spanish and experience its cultural and linguistic diversity both in the classroom and online. The text, "Experience Spanish: Un mundo sin límites," utilizes a communicative content-based approach, incorporates culture, and introduces students to authentic language material (realia) through use of state-of-the-art online technology that create a 24/7 active language-in-culture environment. All four skills involved in learning a foreign language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be integrated into the course work and evaluations.

During class, the components of listening and speaking will be emphasized. We will spend most of the time using the language, not talking about it. The grammatical explanations will be kept to a minimum and, occasionally, you will be required to work in pairs and small groups. Your active participation in individual and group work is required for the success of the class. The reading and writing components of the class will be mainly practiced at home online. The online workbook/lab manual serves multiple purposes: it allows you to practice and develop listening, reading and writing skills; it prepares you to participate in class; it prepares you to succeed on quizzes and exams.

Required Texts:

Experience Spanish: Un mundo sin límites. Amores, et al. McGraw Hill, 1st edition
Online Workbook/Lab Manual Access code

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

This course presumes you've had no (or limited) exposure to Spanish instruction. Students taking Spanish for the first time at UTD should take the online assessment exam. Instructions for taking the exam may be found here:

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