¡Bienvenidos a Spanish 1060!
Prerequisites: Placement score of 420-510 on the SAT II Exam or a score of 0-325 on the UVA Placement Exam. Students may not self-place in a language course. All students will submit proof of placement by Friday, August 25.
Course Description: Do you dream about traveling to a Spanish-speaking country or using Spanish in your future career? Did you know that Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world with an estimated 470 million native speakers and another 90 million people who have learned the language? Did you know Spanish is spoken in more than 20 countries and will be the most spoken language in the United States by the year 2050? Welcome to SPAN 1060, a course designed to help you fulfill the current language requirement here at UVA and get you one step closer achieving your communication goals. In this course, you will learn how to use vocabulary and grammar to negotiate meaning in a culturally appropriate way through the lens of the 5 Cs – Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. You will soon be able to effectively communicate in Spanish with the ever-growing population around you and most importantly, become global citizens and informed leaders of the world.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, you will be able to …
- Identify vocabulary about yourself, others, and on familiar topics in Spanish
- Use different uses of present, past, and future verb tenses correctly in Spanish
- Develop digital literacy skills that effectively use different media forms
- Compare and contrast similarities and differences between cultural products and practices
- Connect language study with other academic and non-academic quests
- Be aware and critical of stereotypes about different cultures
- Get excited about speaking the Spanish language and attending cultural events
- Develop self-directed strategies for learning through reflection
Learning Format: This is a flipped class, which means that you learn grammar and vocabulary at home, and class time is devoted to meaningful, authentic, and communicative practice. Speaking only Spanish in class will help foster a learning environment that contributes to the creation of a community of lifelong learners of Spanish. As a technology-enhanced 4-credit course, you will complete online activities on Connect and in your e-portfolios on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of attending class all five days of the week. You should expect an average of 1-2 hours of online homework 5 days a week, plus an extra hour of work that substitutes for class time each on Tuesday/Thursday. You will complete different types of activities, and engage with your classmates outside of the classroom.
E-portfolio: The e-portfolio is a virtual personal learning space that allows you to showcase your learning using multiple media in activities, projects, and assignments. You will be able to track your progress and development throughout this course and through the completion of SPAN 2020, and archive your work for future reference. The e-portfolio allows for a more holistic assessment of your linguistic and cultural competence. The foundation of your e-portfolio is your reflection on your progress, learning strategies, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. Many of your e-portfolio submissions will include a short reflection on that work. More formal reflections occur in your initial and final reflective essays as you think critically about your overall progress and goals. Active engagement in your e-portfolio work is essential to your progress and includes thoughtful responses to peer work, equal engagement in collaborative/group work, and contribution to the learning of the in-class and virtual community. All work for this course will be submitted in the e-portfolio, including practice activities, graded activities, and reflective essays (See E-portfolio Guidelines). At the end of SPAN 2020, you will submit the e-portfolios that you have created in all the Spanish courses in the language sequence as a final exit assessment. Submission and presentation of the final e-portfolio are required for completion of SPAN 1060.