SPAN 140: Beginning Conversational Spanish

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2024
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Total Student Learning Hours: 162
Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or one year of high school Spanish.
District General Education: C2. Humanities, A2. Communication & Analytical Thinking
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

This course is designed for students who wish to improve their oral speaking skills and expand their vocabulary in Spanish. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • communicate orally in grammatically correct Spanish
  • use assigned idiomatic expressions in conversational situations
  • expand his/her vocabulary to further express ideas in Spanish
  • formulate questions and answers to specific topics
  • respond orally to written material and film
  • justify in Spanish his/her position on current events and cultural topics
  • prepare talks and generate discussions on specific topics

Major Course Content

  1. To Get Acquainted (Review/ser/estar/tener/hay)
    1. Who are you?
      1. what is your name?
      2. last names
    2. What are you like?
      1. character and personality
    3. How are you?
      1. physical and mental states of being
  2. Friends and Family (Review present tense of regular and irregular verbs)
    1. Family relationships
      1. the family: past and present
    2. The relationships between men and women
    3. The feminine perspective
  3. Student Life (Review present tense of stem-changing verbs)
    1. There are so many things to learn!
      1. teaching
      2. courses of study
    2. College life
      1. today’s university
  4. Let’s Work (Review interrogative words)
    1. Making a living
    2. The job search
  5. In Order to Look Good! (Review of the reflexive verbs)
    1. Physical and mental well-being
      1. your energy level
    2. Bon apetit!
      1. different tastes and flavors
      2. food and nutrition
    3. Your appearance
      1. there is something for all styles
  6. The Large Screen and the Small Screen (Review future with ir a + infinitive and the present progressive)
    1. Let’s go to the movies!
      1. Hispanics and the cinema
      2. going to the movies
    2. Let’s stay at home!
      1. television
      2. schedule
  7. Let’s Play! (Review indefinite and negative words)
    1. Athletes and fans
      1. sports
    2. Playing the best to one’s ability
      1. goal! Homerun!
  8. Trips and Adventures (Review comparisons)
    1. Vacation
    2. Bon voyage!
    3. On the road again
  9. Our World (Review formal commands)
    1. An issue of great importance
      1. the Amazon
      2. the environment
    2. The World, endangered planet
    3. Endangered species
  10. Visions of the Future (Review direct object pronouns)
    1. What will be?
      1. quality of life
    2. The immediate future
    3. The next millennium

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Periodicals magazines

Examples of Outside Assignments

Study assigned vocabulary to prepare for class quizzes and activities; Answer assigned questions in a written format in order to prepare for oral participation in class; conduct research on different Hispanic cultures and Latin American countries and Spain Interview native speakers in order to practice speaking skills- will present findings in class; Prepare (research, write, and practice) individual oral presentations on a variety of topics; Meet with classmates to prepare (research, write, and practice) one group oral presentation; Read required materials (handouts, newspaper articles, etc.);
Research topics in the library, periodicals or internet

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 6: Languages other than English