Conversational Spanish III – CSPA 103

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/30/2022

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Conversational Spanish 101 and 102, with an increased focus on grammar and vocabulary supporting practical conversational skills. Intended for students whose first language is not Spanish but who have previous Spanish training and/or experience through CSPA 102.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The ultimate goal of this course is to enable the student to communicate effectively in Spanish. Focus is on development of the four communicative skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing (in order of priority). Spanish is a widely spoken language from Latin America, Central America, Europe, and the United States. This study will open unique doors of opportunity in fields such as Christian service, education, international relations, scientific research, technology, and world commerce.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in 3 Discussions throughout the course:

  • Discussion: Spanish Video Presentation
  • Discussion: Spanish Video "Las Preferencias"
  • Discussion: Cultural Event/Celebration in a Spanish Speaking Country

The Discussion: Spanish Video Presentation and Discussion: Spanish Video "Las Preferencias" will require video posts using YouTube (or other approved method). The remaining discussion will be completed in the traditional written format.

Quizzes (8)

You will complete a total of 8 quizzes: 

  • Quiz: To-Do List
  • Quiz: OFLL Tutoring Session: Spanish Video Assignment
  • Quiz: Rosetta Stone Live Coaching Session: "At Home and Around Town"
  • Quiz: OFLL Tutoring Session: Discussion "Las Preferencias"
  • Quiz: Midterm Grammar Assessment
  • Quiz: Rosetta Stone Live Coaching Session: "Arts and Academics"
  • Quiz: Oral Proficiency Interview
  • Quiz: Oral Proficiency Interview, Summary, and Reflection 
  • Quiz: Final Grammar Assessment

The To-Do List asks students to confirm that they have read the required information for being successful in the course. The five tutoring session quizzes allow students to confirm that they have scheduled the corresponding tutoring/proctor assignments. The Grammar Midterm and Final Assessments will address certain learned vocabulary and/or grammatical concepts. Specifically, these quizzes will assess reading and writing skills. Finally, the Oral Proficiency Interview, Summary and Reflection quiz gives students an opportunity to reflect on the experience throughout course and during the Oral Proficiency Interview.

Rosetta Stone Assignments (8)

The student will work through Levels 4-5 which corresponds to Units 13-20 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. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Spanish Video Assignment

The student will complete the Spanish Video Assignment on a topic assigned by the instructor.

Rosetta Stone: Live Coaching Session: Summary and Reflection Assignments (2)

The student will complete 2 Live Coaching Sessions within the Rosetta Stone program:

  • Rosetta Stone: Live Coaching Session: Summary and Reflection: At Home and Around Town 
  • Rosetta Stone: Live Coaching Session: Summary and Reflection: Arts and Academics

Once the session has been completed, the student will complete the Rosetta Stone: Live Coaching Session: Summary and Reflection Assignment which must include a summary of the session, a reflection on his/her personal speaking abilities, and a plan for improvement.

Oral Proficiency Interview

To determine the student's overall Spanish proficiency, he/she will complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc). The OPIc is an internationally recognized oral proficiency assessment created by Language Testing International (LTI). After completing the interview, the student will summarize and reflect on his/her experiences in the interview and throughout the course via the Quiz: Oral Proficiency Interview, Summary, and Reflection.