Fall 2021 - SPAN 100 D700

Introductory Spanish I (3)

Class Number: 7686

Delivery Method: In Person


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Introduction to Spanish for students with little or no previous background in that language. Course develops Spanish language acquisition through listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Practical and situational materials are employed to underline the ties between language and culture. By the end of the term, students will have acquired basic conversational skills and an elementary reading facility. (A1 level of CEFR). Students with previous Spanish training should contact the department for placement. Students with credit for SPAN 102 may not take this course for further credit.



All seats in D700 are reserved for students approved by Student Services as part of the REMOTE priority group (international students who may not be able to return to Canada, Indigenous students who may not be able to leave their communities, and students who meet the criteria in Accessibility for Students with Disabilities Policy GP 26). All questions regarding such reserves should be directed to reginfo@sfu.ca. Reserve restrictions come off on July 26th, 2021.

This D700 section is delivery asynchronously with weekly work that students must do in their own time. This class has a D701 tutorial that students must also register for, which meets remotely once a week starting the first week of classes.


This course is the first half of first year Spanish (A1 level of CEFR) 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 100 covers basic pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar necessary to maintain a simple conversation in Spanish.

This course is a “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 Lab activities.

  1. 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.
  2. TUT-sessions. 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 also expect to spend approximately six to eight weekly hours working on online activities and tutorials.


REMOTE: Section D700's accompanying tutorial, D701, will be held remotely two hours once per week using the Zoom online meeting platform. They will use the same Zoom room each week. Connection information, including the meeting URL, will be posted in Canvas. Office hours will be also held virtually (in Zoom) and on campus. Students wishing to take Span 100 remotely must therefore register in sections D700-OLC and D701-TUT

STUDENT SUITABILITY FOR THIS COURSE: If you are unsure about your language level, please contact the Course Chair to arrange a language evalaution: mayoharp@sfu.ca


  • Lesson quizzes (6) 30%
  • Oral exam 10%
  • Online homework (Supersite) 25%
  • Class participation 25%
  • Final assignment 10%



96-100 = A+               83-86 = B+                          70-74 = C+                          50-58 = D   

91-95   =  A                 79-82 = B                            65-69 = C                              0-49 = F

87-90   =  A-               75-78 = B-                           59-64 = C-



Vistas, 6th edition. Blanco/Donley (Vista Higher Learning). Lessons 1-6Online bundle includes Vistas vText (online book), WebSAM and Vista Supersite Plus.

The instructor will contact students to provide information regarding how to attain the textbook. 

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.