Conversational Spanish I – CSPA 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introductory course designed to develop practical conversational Spanish skills. Intended for students whose first language is not Spanish and/or have no previous Spanish training and/or experience.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The increasing importance of the Spanish language in the United States and the growth of a global marketplace make the study of Spanish and foreign languages valuable. It is the goal of the Spanish program at Liberty University for students to engage this world effectively in Spanish and to grow in their appreciation of the Hispanic cultures. This course recognizes the value of language study and assumes that the students are genuinely interested in learning to communicate more fluently in Spanish.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Converse in Spanish by applying practical vocabulary and simple syntax in order to communicate basic needs.
    2. Demonstrate comprehension of simple, practical sentences and questions in Spanish.
    3. Communicate orally in Spanish using clear diction, good pronunciation, and suitable intonation.
    4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Latin American culture.
    5. Communicate correctly in writing by using practical vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts.
    6. Demonstrates understanding of second language acquisition in adults.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 3 paragraphs and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 1 paragraph. All references must be cited in current APA format.

Rosetta Stone (4)

The student will work through Units 1–4 in Rosetta Stone. Each Rosetta Stone unit will have 5 lessons which the student will need to complete during the assigned module/week. Each unit will be graded as an average score from the core lessons and the milestone plus participation in the in-between lessons, all of which assess student achievement during that unit. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Liberty University Online Foreigh Language Lab Tutoring Sessions (2)

The student will participate in 2 LU OFLL Tutoring sessions. Each session is one-on-one and will address the student’s specific learning needs. Once the session has ben completed, the student will complete the LU OFLL Tutoring quiz, detailing the session and reflecting on strengths and weaknesses. (MLO: A, B, C)

Rosetta Stone Live Tutoring Sessions (3)

The student will complete 3 Live Tutoring sessions within the Rosetta Stone program. Once the session has been completed, the student will complete the Rosetta Stone Live Tutoring quiz, detailing the session. (MLO: A, B, C)

Oral Assessment

The student will complete the Oral Assessment on a topic given by the instructor. (MLO: A, B, C)

Language Learning Expectations Quiz

The student will read an article about adult second language acquisition and describe his or her background in learning a second language, his or her expectations for learning a second language, and his or her plans for learning a second language. (MLO: F)

Language and Culture Reflection Quiz

The student will watch a video describing the culture and identity and reflect on his or her own language learning experiences. (MLO: D)

Tests (3)

There will be 3 tests throughout the course that will address certain learned vocabulary and/or grammatical concepts. Specifically, the tests will assess reading, writing, and grammar skills. Each test will be open-book/open-notes and include multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and/or matching questions. All tests have a 45-minute time limit. (MLO: E)

Final Exam

The Final Exam will consist of 2 parts: the oral portion and the written portion.

Oral

The student will complete an oral final assessment through the Liberty University Online Foreign Language Lab. The Final Exam: Oral will require the student to participate in a one-on-one conversation with an LU OFLL tutor without relying on notes or English to convey meaning. (MLO: A, B, C)

Written

The student will complete a written portion of the Final Exam. The written portion will be open-book/open-notes; cumulative; contain 25 multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short-answer questions; and have a 45-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)