Nov 30, 2023  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024
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SPAN 1460 - Elementary Spanish 1

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly SPAN 1260)

This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish speaking world and Spanish vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary to express personal meaning on basic topics. Students will engage in these activities within contextualized cultural settings. The vocabulary and grammatical structures are integrated into interactive and communicative activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are required to use computer based technology to practice these skills.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in basic oral language skills.


  1. Pronounce individual sounds, including appropriate intonation and stress, with little or no interference in order to be understood by a Native Speaker.
  2. Form and produce entire sentences with no hesitation and natural pauses.
  3. Engage in small conversations with a Native Speaker in the present and future tense about the following topics (includes both initiating conversations as well as responding appropriately to speech of a Native Speaker):
    1. Getting acquainted.
    2. Give and receive information about time, schedule, work, school, weather.
    3. Make phone calls.
    4. Express ownership and relationships.
    5. Describe people and feelings.
    6. Handle social situations such as sports events.
    7. Plan a vacation.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use basic Spanish vocabulary.

Regarding topics such as school, work, free time, vacation, transportation, city places, family, social interactions, professions, and weather expressions:

  1. Use vocabulary when speaking.
  2. Respond to a Native Speaker who has used the vocabulary.
  3. Use vocabulary in writing.
  4. Demonstrate reading comprehension skills by discussing subject matter and/or answering questions based on the passage read.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use basic grammar structures in speaking and writing.


  1. Conjugate regular, irregular, and stem changing present tense verbs.
  2. Use ordinal and cardinal numbers.
  3. Use present progressive verb forms.
  4. Use ser vs. estar, as appropriate.
  5. Use nouns and articles.
  6. Use descriptive and possessive adjectives and article agreements.
  7. Formulate questions and answers.
  8. Use saber vs. conocer, as appropriate.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and discuss aspects of Spanish culture.


  1. Recognize and discuss some basic geographical, economical and cultural aspects of some Spanish speaking countries and/or communities such education, sports, and leisure activities, dances and music, food, and family relationship and professions.
  2. Compare cultural differences.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  • Apply greetings and goodbyes in Spanish
  • Identify yourself and others orally and in writing
  • Apply nouns and articles
  • Apply numbers 0-30
  • Apply the present tense of ser
  • Tell the time of the day
  • Recall basic facts about the United States and Canada
  • Name classes and school related vocabulary
  • Discuss everyday activities using present tense conjugation of -ar verbs
  • Apply vocabulary and grammar to produce a small dialogue 
  • Formulate questions in Spanish
  • Identify the location of people and things
  • Apply the present tense of the verb estar
  • Apply numbers 31 and higher
  • Recall basic facts about España and educational systems in Spanish speaking countries
  • Classify family members
  • Explain the meaning of family terms in writing
  • Apply family terms and grammar to create a dialogue orally and in writing
  • Classify people and things according to physical and personality characteristics
  • Express plurality and gender of descriptive adjectives
  • Express possession using possessive adjectives
  • Conjugate -er and -ir verbs in the present tense
  • Recall basic facts about Ecuador and family life in Spanish speaking countries
  • Identify pastimes, weekend activities and sports
  • Apply the present tense of ir
  • Apply the present tense of stem changing verbs
  • Apply the present tense of irregular yo forms
  • Apply vocabulary and grammar to produce a dialogue
  • Recall basic facts about Mexico and sports and leisure activities in Spanish speaking countries
  • Apply vocabulary about traveling
  • Identify the uses of “ser” y “estar
  • Identify uses of “saber” and “conocer
  • Apply the present progressive 
  • Relate the seasons and the weather
  • Apply vocabulary and grammar to produce a dialogue
  • Recall basic facts about Puerto Rico and vacationing in Spanish speaking countries

Primary Faculty
Williams, Susanna
Secondary Faculty
Ramos, Maria
Associate Dean
Parker, Catherine
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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