Spring 2020 - SPAN 102 D100

Introductory Spanish I (3)

Class Number: 5135

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



First half of first year Spanish. Emphasis on developing conversation and comprehension skills as well as understanding how Spanish grammar works. Students will learn typical daily vocabulary and are introduced to cultural aspects of the language. By the end of the term, students will have acquired basic conversational skills and an elementary reading facility.


This course is the first half of first year Spanish (A1) and it is intended for students who have never had previous instruction in Spanish (or minimum instruction).  The course develops Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, using practical and interesting situational materials that will stress both language and culture. Span 102 covers basic pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar necessary to maintain a simple conversation in Spanish.

This course is “flipped classroom course” in that a major part of student learning and work takes place outside of the physical classroom.  The following briefly details the two major components: online and in-class activities:

A. Independent learning & communicative online activities. Students are responsible for exploring, learning and practicing key concepts (grammar and vocabulary) assigned in each lesson.  There are vocabulary, grammar, writing and communicative activities assigned for each lesson. These activities are both graded and credit/no credit.

B. Classroom activities. In class students practice communicative activities, are exposed to native speaking, build their speaking skills and improve their confidence in using the language.  A brief time is also dedicated to quickly review pronunciation and grammatical concepts when needed. Classroom meetings work as workshops in which students will have the opportunity to use the language in meaningful activities and interactions.

Students should expect to spend approximately six to eight weekly hours in class preparation and working on online activities.

NOTE: Students with Grade 12 Spanish equivalent will not normally be allowed to take SPAN 102 for credit.

Please see the advisor for placement. Students who are unsure about their language level or suitability for this course should contact the instructor: mayoharp@sfu.ca


  • Lesson quizzes (6) 40%
  • Oral exam 5%
  • Online activities (Supersite) 25%
  • Class participation 20%
  • Final assignment 10%



Vistas, 6th edition. Blanco/Donley (Vista Higher Learning). Lessons 1-6 Access to textbook Supersite Plus (sold with textbook-bundle.)  Bundle includes: Vistas Loose‚Äźleaf text, vText (online book), WebSAM and Vista Supersite Plus

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