First Year Spanish (Spanish 1, 2, and 3)

Course Goals

The goal of the first-year Spanish program at UCD is to develop proficiency in Spanish. Students are expected to learn to use Spanish for communication in real, meaningful situations. It is also intended that students develop an understanding of basic grammatical concepts and an appreciation of all the different cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

To attain these goals, the first year courses focus on using Spanish as much as possible for classroom interaction.

Course Content

Spanish 001, 002, and 003 are a first-year Spanish program for students that have not studied Spanish previously. The Spanish Department is using the textbook Nexos (4e), Spaine Long, Carreira, Madrigal Velasco & Swanson.

Spanish 1: Paso A, B y C and Capítulos 1-5

Functions include: greetings, descriptions of self and others, daily activities, and preferences. Major grammatical structures presented include: the present indicative and the present progressive tenses, reflexive verbs and stem-changing verbs.

Spanish 2: Capítulos 6-9

Functions include: Communicating about professions, class activities, neighborhood and housing, past experiences, food preferences and family relationships. Major structures presented include object pronouns, and the preterit tense.

Spanish 3: Capítulos 9-15

Functions include: Communicating about childhood experiences, travel plans, clothing, giving instructions to elders or peers, talking about the future. Major structures presented include: imperfect and preterit tense, present subjunctive, the perfect tenses, formal and informal commands and the future tense.

Course Requirements


Spanish 001, 002 and 003 classes meet five days per week. As students are expected to repeatedly interact in Spanish with both classmates and their instructor attendance is mandatory. More than three unexcused absences will affect a student's grade. Each additional absence after the first three, will lower the Daily Class Work grade. A student missing class twelve or more times will automatically fail the course.


Reading assignments in the grammatical section are given in the course syllabus. Students are expected to do the readings before going to class and also do the corresponding exercises in the Cuaderno de ejercicios after class. In class pop quizzes may be given on this material on a regular basis.

Testing and grading

In each course students will take three chapter tests and a final exam. Speaking will be evaluated on a day to day basis in the classroom and during the final oral proficiency exam. The final course grade will be based on the following:

Exams: 3 @ 16% each 48%
Compositions: 2 @ 6% each 12%
Lab manual and workbook 5%
Daily class work* 10%
Final exam 25%

*Daily class work includes attendance (a student with twelve or more unexcused absences will receive an F in the course), effort and quality of oral response.