Spanish 103 - Elementary Spanish

Course Description

SPANISH 103 is the third course of the First-Year Spanish Language Program at the University of Washington. It is part of a sequence of three elementary-level language courses (SPAN 101, 102, and 103) designed to develop basic communication skills in both oral and written Spanish. By introducing the learner to the rich culture of the Spanish-speaking world, including the Hispanic/Latino communities in the U.S., this course aims also to develop students’ intercultural knowledge and understanding.

This course is open to students who have completed Spanish 102, Spanish 122, or scored 45-69 on the SP100A placement test.

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Required Materials

  • De la Fuente, M. J., E. Martín & N. Sans. 2015. GENTE. NIVEL BÁSICO. (3rd ed., 2015 release). Prentice Hall. (A customized package for this course, containing chapters 11-15, is available at the UW Bookstore, ISBN: 1-256-59065-7. If you have taken SPAN 101 and/or SPAN 102 and bought the customized package for the 100-level sequence, containing chapters 1-15, you do not need to buy any other materials)
  • Access key to MySpanishLab (Gente e-workbook and labmanual)
  • A bilingual dictionary. (You will receive a free copy of The Oxford New Spanish Dictionary with your customized package for the 100-level series)

Course Objectives

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Course Calendar

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Incomplete grades will NOT be granted in this course, under any circumstance.
0.7 is the minimum grade needed to pass SPANISH 101.
2.0 is the minimum grade needed in SPANISH 103 to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

*Summer courses have 4 compositions instead of 5.

Students' Responsibilities

As a student in this class, it is your responsibility to:

  • Attend class everyday.
  • Participate in all classroom activities, making an effort to use Spanish as much as possible.
  • Come to class always prepared, having read and studied the materials assigned by your instructor.
  • Submit all assignments on the due date, regardless of whether you are present in class or not.
  • Contact a classmate when missing a class to get updated on classroom activities and assignments. You are responsible for all material presented in class and all assigned homework, whether you are present in class or not.
  • Check your email everyday and visit the course webpage regularly to keep updated on important class information and changes on due dates.
  • Follow common courtesy norms and turn off your cellular phone before class begins. Texting in class is absolutely prohibited.

Spanish is the language of communication in the class, from day one. English will be kept to a minimum by both the teacher and the students.

You will have access to your grades via Gradebook throughout the entire term. It is your responsibility to make sure the information on your Gradebook is correct and updated. It there is a problem with a grade, you should contact your instructor as soon as possible. If your instructor cannot solve the problem, please contact the First-Year Language Coordinator Sabrina Spannagel (sspan@ - Padelford B-222, 543-7943).

Students should honor the rules of academic honesty upheld by the University of Washington. It is the responsibility of each student to understand and abide by these rules. Failure to honor these regulations will result in the appropriate disciplinary measures. Detailed information about the rules of academic honesty may be found at
If you have any questions about the rules or academic ethics of the University of Washington, please speak with your instructor.

Resources for Students

Remember that your instructor is available outside class to answer any question you may have concerning either the content of the course or your performance on it. If you think you need extra help or have problems with any aspect of the course, make sure to contact him/her before it is too late. If his/her office hours do not work for you, schedule an appointment at a different time. Do not discuss personal issues with your instructor during class time.

Typing accents and special characters

Internet resources

Students with disabilities