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Introduction to Spanish

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Spanish (common course-id SPAN 100), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: SPAN 100

General Course Description: SPAN 100

This introductory course teaches beginning language acquisition in a cultural context through listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The students will interact with authentic language in cultural context.

Minimum Units: 4.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

Note: The objectives for this course will emphasize them in a cultural context.

  • Understand the cultural nuances of everyday life in the Hispanic world;
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a variety of meaningful real life activities moving toward the intermediate level of proficiency on the national ACTFL scale (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages);
  • Greet and express leave-taking phrases by comparing and contrasting appropriate phrases used in Spanish-speaking countries;
  • Express likes and dislikes/wishes and preferences;
  • Obtain information about people, places and things;
  • Describe self, family and friends and understand the value of family in the Hispanic world;
  • Express feelings;
  • State future plans;
  • Shop;
  • Talk about daily routines;
  • Interact in a basic phone conversation;
  • Order in a restaurant in a culturally appropriate way;
  • Plan for a trip;
  • Express some commands by understanding the importance of formality when talking to strangers; and
  • Talk about some events in the past.


May include, but are not limited to

  • pre and post assessments,
  • brief presentations,
  • exams,
  • short compositions,
  • quizzes,
  • tests,
  • oral interviews,
  • journals, and
  • dictation.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Aveteca
    Aveteca (Workshop and Training Material)
    A set of flash communicative, interactive activities in Spanish such as directions, numbers, tense introduction,... More
  • Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish
    Travel the world with lawyer Raquel Rodríguez as she solves a mystery for a dying man. Watch the complete Destinos... More
  • Mi Vida Loca
    Mi Vida Loca (Tutorial)
    Mi Vida Loca takes you on an intrigue mystery adventure to Madrid and beyond in 22 episodes, about 10 minutes each,... More
  • FSI - Spanish Programmatic Course - Texts
    Spanish Programmatic in Latin American dialect is intended to lead you to a minimum professionally useful level of... More