Northern Illinois University
Spanish (FLSP) 101
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101 Objectives1. The overarching goal of this course is to be able to interact in Spanish (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing) at an intermediate-low level, according to the ACTFL guidelines. Intermediate-low means that you can:
* Respond to questions about simple topics
* Self-correct errors related to grammar and vocabulary learned in class
* Be understoodby Spanish speakers when talking about topics learned
* Communicate with some pauses and hesitations
* Ask questions
* Answer questions better than ask questions
* Write multiple paragraphs about the topics that you have learned using sequences of simple sentences
* Comprehend main ideas and facts when listening to and reading simple texts about somewhat familiar topics
2.By the end of the semester, you should be able to produce and understand short sentences and conversations about the following topics:
* Greeting and saying goodbye
* Letters, numbers, days of the week
* Classroom activities and university life
* Describing people and things, nationalities
* Asking questions to find out information about others
* Activities and family* Location of things and possessions
3. To help you reach the goals of FLSP 101, the following grammatical topics will be addressed:
* Conjugation in the present tense of verbs that follow common patterns in Spanish
* Conjugation in the present tense of various irregular verbs
* The use of ser and estar, two verbs that mean ‘to be’
* Adjectives, possessive adjectives,demonstrative pronouns
* Various forms of questions
* Direct objects
* Placement rules (e.g., adjectives usually go after nouns) and agreement rules
By the end of the semester, you should be able to accurately use the grammatical concepts covered to produce and understand Spanish.
4. In this course, you will expand your knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and its people bystudying a section of the book called Nuestro Mundo ‘Our World’ that includes readings and music about different parts of the Spanish speaking world and watching video episodes about Spanish speakers living in Costa Rica. These parts of the course begin to address the fascinating connection between language and culture!
Suggestions for learning a new language
* Try not to compare your Spanishlanguage knowledge to that of a native speaker of Spanish. If you are meeting the objectives listed above, you are making progress in your language learning!
* Attend all classes and do all the homework.
* Review the lesson to be covered prior to class.
* Come prepared to participate in class and participate in all activities in class.
* Study and review vocabulary throughout thesemester.
* Write sentences in Spanish in addition to doing homework to practice new verb forms and topics.
* Study and work with other students.
* Speak to yourself and to your classmates in Spanish outside of class.
* Listen to and read Spanish outside of class (music, news, newspapers, blogs, etc.).
* Attend the instructor’s office hours, and ask for help as soon as you needit.
* Be patient with yourselves during this learning process.
1. ¡Arriba!: Comunicación y cultura (6th Edition). Zayas-Bazán, E., Bacon, S.M., and Nibert, H.
2. MySpanishLab online homework and resources to accompany the text
* The text and MySpanishLab access can be purchased at the bookstore in the Holmes Student Center or at VCB. You may select the...