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Spanish: First-Year College Spanish

This is a 3 credit course for students with no background in Spanish to become competent in communicating through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This open course will create and provide resources reusable under creative commons standards. Registration for the course is available immediately.

Although the course cannot provide college credit from an accredited university, capable students will learn the material of a first-year college class, and will receive a letter grade.

The course will be a combination of recorded video instruction, conversation practice with other students, and homework assignments given and evaluated through the integrated Instreamia learning platform. In these assignments, students will practice listening recognition, vocabulary understanding, context comprehension, and grammar usage.

Lectures
  1. Lesson 1.1 Introduction, Spanish letters and pronunciation, and grammar structure

    In this lecture, you'll be introduced to the course and learn pronunciation and grammar structure. Click here to view and participate: Lesson 1 Page

    • Lesson 1.2 Subject pronouns, regular present tense verb conjugations, and ser / estar

      In this lecture, you'll learn subject pronouns and begin learning the present tense. You'll need to enroll via coursesites to do the activities.

    Prerequisites

    No prerequisites, but keep in mind that this course is at a college level. Students will be expected to contribute at least 6 hours per week.

    Syllabus

    Classes start January 21, and run for 12 weeks.

    The course will be hosted primarily on a WordPress blog (www.spanishmooc.com), and the course materials are included with the course, which will take advantage of the following technologies:

    Instreamia Integrated Learning Platform Google hangouts Blackboard CourseSites

    Assessment criteria for the determination of each student’s letter grade will be 12 homework assignments, conversation participation, 6 quizzes, 2 midterms and a final.

    After completing this course, students will be prepared with the basic skills of speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish in order to communicate with native speakers. The basic grammar principles, including verb conjugations, article usage, and pronoun usage will be introduced. Students will learn the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through videos and conversations. Students will be prepared for second-year college level programs if they receive a satisfactory grade in this course.

    Here are the units we'll be studying:

    Unit 1: Spanish pronunciation, introducing yourself, describing actions and activities using the present tense, and subject pronouns, and common verbs

    Unit 2: Conversing about your family, expressing your ideas, and recounting past events with perfect, preterite and imperfect tenses

    Unit 3: Telling time and dates, expressing desires, describing environments, and learn about cultures using irregular verbs, interrogative words, the reflexive tense, and adjective usage

    Additional information

    There will be student group discussions, so you'll want a microphone so you can participate. Webcams are optional.

    Teacher qualifications

    I taught Spanish for two years at an adult language program at BYU.

    I speak fluent Spanish, which I learned while living in Honduras for 2 and a half years. I'm also married to a native Spanish speaker, so I speak Spanish at home (she'll be making sure everything I teach you is correct). I also help develop software to teach languages.

    Latest Update
    Welcome! Be sure to sign up on Coursesites (2013-01-22 03:46:02)

    "Hi everyone! Welcome to the first day of class! We had so many people using the site today that our server shut down... Glad to have you all here! (we're working on making it work for more users)

    If you haven't signed up on CourseSites yet, be sure to do so! We'll do our assignments and lessons and discussions there, as well as important announcements.

    Just go to www.spanishmooc.com and click the giant enroll now button."

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