International Institute of Culture (IIC) Seville, Spain
Spanish 125 Course Syllabus Fall 2003
Class Schedule: Monday-Thursday; 9am-10:45am.
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Spanish 125: Beginner/Intermediate Spanish, is a combination of the first two levels of our Spanish program at IIC
and is conducted entirely in Spanish. It will meet four times a week and is worth six credits. The content (backbone) of the
course will be aimed towards assisting the students in societal integration by allowing them to develop specific communicative
abilities and give them a richer sense of the culture throughout their experiences in the program. The material will consist
of grammar and sentence structures, vocabulary, culture, and dialectology. While living abroad will the students will be immersed
in the language, therefore this course will be conducted a bit more intensively to accommodate the daily situations they may
-Required texts and workbook will be distributed in class by instructor.
Course Objectives: Throughout this course, and upon successful completion the student will:
1. show abilities to understand and speak Spanish accurately enough to take part in, and maintain conversations concerning
daily, social, and academic topics, and express themselves in the present, past, and future tense.
2. develop an awareness and understanding of the culture and traditions in Spain.
3. possess an adequate vocabulary, and read in Spanish sufficiently enough to be able to understand texts such as: newspaper
and magazine articles, narrative pieces, advertisements, etc.
4. be able to write in Spanish accurately enough to produce various works such as: journal entries, descriptive paragraphs,
letters, pieces expressing opinion, narrations, etc.
Assessment: The evaluation of each student will be based upon six major components throughout the course:
- 2 Exams (midterm and final) 30%
- 2 oral exams (midterm and final) 20%
- 2 participation grades 10%
- weekly quizzes 20%
- 4 essays 20%
A+ 97-100 B+ 89-87 C+ 79-77 D 69-6
A 96-93 B 86-83 C 76-73 F 64-0
A- 92-90 B- 82-80 C- 72-70
Attendance Policy: Attendance to class is mandatory, however, IIC allows three (3) unexcused absences throughout
the academic term. After the third unexcused absence, the students final average will drop half a letter grade, with every
Excused absences only cover illness. In such an event, the absence must be accompanied by a physicians note stating the
student was seen by a healthcare professional. In the event of an absence on an written/oral exam day, without an official
excuse, the student will not be able to make up the missed exam. Late homework or essays will also not be accepted late without
an official excuse.
Participation: (10%) Twice throughout the course, the student will take part in assessing their own participation
during class. Participation involves aspects such as:
-use of Spanish in the classroom, general questions, and responses.
-eagerness to take part in classroom activities.
-completion of homework assignments.
-general attitude towards the course and its participants.
Midterm and Final Exam: (30%) The Midterm and Final Exam will both be cumulative, covering all material learned
in class, and together constitute 30% of the final grade.
Oral Exams: (20%) During the week of Midterms and Finals, the student will be evaluated in an oral interview with
his/her teacher, focusing on pronunciation, and accuracy of response. The interview will be based on material learned and
discussed in class.
Weekly Quizzes: (20%) One quiz will be given each Monday, to assess that weeks focus in class. The average of each
weeks quiz will count as 20% of the students final grade. An unexcused absence will result in a zero for that days quiz.
Essays: (20%) The student will write four essays in Spanish throughout the course, which will constitute 20% of
their final grade. Topics will be given by instructor during the course, and will be graded for content, accuracy and, complexity.
Dates for completion are provided in the course calendar. No late work accepted without an excused absence.
Course Calendar: dates and topics are subject to change, and will be announced ahead of time.
Week 1: (9/15-9/18) Course Introduction. Greetings; identifying yourself and others; courtesy expressions; verbs ser
Week 2: (9/22-9/25) Numbers 1-30; telling time; Present Indicative tense; verbs gustar and verbs like gustar.
Week 3: (9/29-10/2) Family; descriptive adjectives; possessive adjectives; numbers 31-100; -er/-ir; tener/venir; expressions
with tener. Essay #1 due.
Week 4: (10/6-10/9) Irregular Verbs in First Person; days of the week; pastimes and hobbies; professions; Forming Questions
Week 5: (10/14-10/16) no class 10/13 Foods; food descriptions; meals; restaurants; verbs saber and conocer; Present
tense of stem-changing verbs; Double Object Pronouns.
Week 6: (10/20-10/23) REVIEW;MIDTERMS;ORAL EXAMS
Week 7: (10/27-10/30) shopping; prices; colors; Preterite tense of regular and stem changing verbs. Essay #2 due.
Week 8: (11/3-11/6) Travel/vacations; months/seasons; travel agency/trains/buses/countries; to like; Direct Object
Nouns; Future tense; Condicional tense.
Week 9: (11/11-11/13) no class 11/10 daily routine; Imperative; pronouns (reflexive); emotions with estar; Present
Progressive; weather expressions. Essay #3 due.
Week 10: (11/17-11/20) health and medical terms; Preterite of ser and ir; por/para
Week 11: (11/24-11/27) Preterite tense; Imperfect tense; uses of Preterite and Imperfect.
Week 12: (12/1-12/4) uses of Subjunctive; Present Subjunctive
Week 13: (12/8-12/11) Imperfect Subjunctive. Essay#4 due.
Week 14: (12/15-12/18) REVIEW;FINALS;ORAL EXAMS