Spanish 134

Course Description

SPANISH 134 is an intensive course that covers the equivalent of Spanish 101, Spanish 102 and Spanish 103, the three courses of the First-Year Spanish Language Program at the University of Washington. This elementary-level language course has been 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 offered only in the summer. It is a 15-credit intensive course that meets three hours per day for nine weeks.

The University of Washington ACADEMIC CREDIT policy establishes that 1 credit represents a total of 30 hours of commitment in a quarter. Since SPANISH 134 is a 15-credit course, you are expected to commit a total of 450 hours of your time to this class, an average of 50 hours per week. You will be in class 15 hours per week. You are expected to work 35 hours per week outside the class (completing your homework, preparing for the class, studying the material, etc.). If you are not committed to devote 50 hours per week to this class, we recommend you enroll in one of our regular 5-credit first-year courses: SPAN 101, SPAN 102, or SPAN 103.

Students who took Spanish in high school or have credit for SPAN 101 or SPAN 121 will receive only 10 credits. Students with credit for SPAN 102 or SPAN 122 will receive 5 credits. Students with credit for SPAN 103 will receive no credit for this course.

For information on registration policies and procedures visit the following webpage:

 For a printable course description click HERE

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 the 100-level sequence, containing Chapters 1-15, is available at the UW Bookstore, ISBN: 1256368067)
  • Access key to MySpanishLab (Gente e-workbook and lab manual)
  • 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

To see the course objectives click HERE

Course Calendar

To see the course calendar click HERE


PART I (weeks 1-3)   PART II (weeks 4-6)   PART III (weeks 7-9)  
2 EXAMS 15% 2 EXAMS 15% 2 EXAMS 15%
    1 ORAL EXAM 2% 1 ORAL EXAM 2%


Incomplete grades will NOT be granted in this course, under any circumstance.
0.7 is the minimum grade needed to pass SPANISH 134.
2.0 is the minimum grade needed in SPANISH 134 to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

 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. This is a 15-credit intensive course. In order to prepare for the class, students are expected to work a minimum of three hours per day in addition to the class time.
  • 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. If there is a problem with a grade, you should contact your instructor as soon as possible.

Students should honor the rules of academic honesty upheld by the University of Washington, as specified in the Student Conduct Code:

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 and the College of Arts and Sciences standards of academic conduct may be found at:

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