LGE121 - Spanish Language Skills 1

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Subject Title
Spanish Language Skills 1

Subject Description
This course is designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing contemporary Spanish within a cultural framework. The language is taught through the use of integrated, thematic units that stress and reinforce these four skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to listen to, speak, read, and write Spanish with a basic level of fluency and demonstrate an awareness of Hispanic culture in different parts of  the world.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.use Spanish for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts as a means of communication;
2.use Spanish as a learning tool to think;
3.use the conventions of Spanish appropriate to the audience;
4.use Spanish in a creative manner, in practical context as individuals and as members of a group;
5.demonstrate a cultural understanding of various Spanish-speaking regions and countries.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Listening Skills:
Students will be able to:

  • interpret Spanish in order to participate in conversations;
  • discover the main idea from oral presentations and infer meaning through some available clues;
  • demonstrate an ability to acquire new language.

Speaking Skills:
Students will be able to:
  • use appropriate gestures to help convey meaning;
  • use clear and accurate pronunciation and intonation;
  • respond appropriately to questions on familiar topics;
  • communicate orally their own ideas, thoughts, and feelings on familiar topics using appropriate vocabulary;
  • show signs of spontaneity and demonstrate confidence when expressing ideas, thoughts, and feelings;
  • use Spanish to work collaboratively with peers and the instructor.

Reading Skills:
Students will be able to:
  • grasp the main ideas and key information in a wide range of resources (books, signs, flyers, maps, menus, etc...);
  • deduce, infer, and predict meaning using textual and visual clues in resources;
  • confidently read in Spanish.

Writing Skills:
Students will be able to:
  • transcribe, take dictation, and make notes on a short text (oral and written);
  • express briefly and clearly facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and ideas for a variety of purposes;
  • write in Spanish on a variety of topics (using the stages of the writing process).

Cultural Understanding:
Students will be able to:
  • express themselves and behave in a manner that reflects respect and appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures;
  • identify cultural similarities and differences in customs, attitudes, and values;
  • recognize and explain the contributions of the Spanish culture to Canada and the world;
  • identify specific regions and/or countries where Spanish is spoken.

Topic Outline

Week 1:   Lección 1   Hola, ¿quétal?
Week 2:   Lección 1   Hola, ¿quétal?
Week 3:   Lección 1   Hola, ¿quétal?
Week 4:   Testing  Lección 1
Week 5:   Lección 2   En la universidad
Week 6:   Lección 2   En la universidad
Week 7:   Lección 2   En la universidad
Week 8:   Testing  Lección 2
Week 9:   Lección 3   La familia
Week 10: Lección 3   La familia
Week 11: Lección 3   La familia
Week 12: Testing  Lección 3

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 

Prescribed Texts
Blanco, José A.  An Invitation to Spanish ¡Adelante! Uno - Second Edition w/ Supersite passcode Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2015 ISBN 9781618579249.

Reference Material
Any pocket English/Spanish: Spanish/English dictionary such as Collins Gem Spanish/English:English/Spanish Dictionary or Langenscheidt's pocket Spanish Dictionary 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral/Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success:

Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success in the course.


Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood