Spanish 103 - Course Objectives

Following the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning the objectives of the first-year elementary-level Spanish language series are organized around five main areas:

COMMUNICATION. At the end of the 100-level series students will have acquired a novice high/intermediate low proficiency level, which means they will be able to handle successfully a variety of basic communicative tasks necessary for survival in a Spanish speaking context. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 103 will be able to:

  • Talk about past historical and socio-political events
  • Relate biographical data
  • Write a narrative including the circumstances surrounding the events
  • Express cause and consequence
  • Talk about health
  • Describe accidents, symptoms, and illnesses
  • Give advice, recommendations, and warnings
  • Talk about learning experiences and reason to learn Spanish
  • Discuss best learning strategies and resources
  • Talk about likes and dislikes
  • Express sensations, feelings, difficulties, and value judgments using verbs like gustar
  • Describe people’s personalities
  • Make direct and indirect questions
  • Talk about movies, television, arts, and entertainment
  • Discuss, plan, and agree on leisure activities
  • Extend, accept, or reject invitations and proposals
  • Use the present subjunctive to state opinion, probability, or doubt

CULTURES. Students will have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. They will be more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken, will have explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic world, and will have increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.

CONNECTIONS. Students will be able to acquire new information and reinforce their knowledge of other disciplines through the Spanish language.

COMPARISONS. Students will have developed new insights into the nature of language and culture that will allow them to establish comparisons not only between languages, but also between the Hispanic cultures and their own.

COMMUNITIES. Students will be able to use the Spanish language to participate in Hispanic communities at home and around the world.