Course Overview

Spanish 1 Course Overview and Outline

This course is an introduction to the study of the Spanish language and culture. Students perform the most basic functions of the language and become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible. The context focuses on the students' lives and experiences and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language conventions (functions).

        A general introduction to the culture, its products (e.g., literature, laws, foods, games,) perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, beliefs,) and practices (patterns of social interaction) is integrated throughout the course. Students acquire some insight into how languages and cultures work by comparing the target language and culture(s) to their own.


Intro Unit:      Greetings, Polite Phrases, Numbers 1-30, Days, Months,

                      Seasons, Vowel Sounds

Unit 1:             Describing people and places, the verb "SER"= to be, 

                      the 4 "the"s.  adjectives, Don Quijote

Unit 2:            Numbers 30-100, Telling time, nationalities,

                      school vocabulary, plurals

Unit 3:            School supplies, shopping, clothes, colors vocabulary

                      question words, speaking formally/informally,

                      verbs ending in –ar
Unit 4:            More school vocab, irregular verbs:
  IR,DAR, ESTAR= to go, to give, to be;  talking about the future

Unit 5:            Food vocabulary, communicating in a restaurant,

                      verbs ending in –er and –ir.

Unit 6:            Family and home vocabulary, the verb TENER=to have,

                      TENER QUE= to have to;  Possessive Adjectives= whose is it?

Unit 7:            Sports and parts of the body vocabulary,

                      stem-changing verbs:  e—ie, o—ue, u—ue,

                      GUSTAR=to please(like), ABURRIR=to bore, INTERESAR=                                 to interest

Unit 8:            Health and healthcare vocabulary, SER VS. ESTAR,

                      Object Pronouns:  me, te, nos

Unit 9:            Summer and Winter vacations vocabulary, describing the                                    weather, The Past tense for –ar verbs, IR, and SER,

                      Direct Object Pronouns:  lo, la, los, las

Unit 10:           Movies, Plays, Museums vocabulary

                      Indirect Object Pronouns:  le, les  (for/to whom?)

                      Past Tense for –er and –ir verbs