Spring 2021

Fundamentals of Spanish Language and Culture I

Listed in: Spanish, as SPAN-101

Formerly listed as: SPAN-01


Sarah M. Piazza (Sections 01 and 02)


SPAN101 is the first of a four-semester sequence in the Spanish Language Program.  It is designed for students a) with no prior knowledge of Spanish, b) who have studied Spanish for one year or less in high school, and c) who have scored 1 or 2 on the AP Spanish Language exam. Students develop personal forms of expression and basic strategies for reading, listening, writing, and participating in everyday conversations.  The course introduces students to the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic materials (songs, films, poems, short stories, etc.), as well as activities that address a range of personal and immediate-needs topics and socio-cultural situations such as family life and daily routines. By the end of the semester, students can expect to have reached the Intermediate Low level of the ACTFL scale, and proceed to SPAN 102. The course consists of two 80-minute sessions per week with the lecturer and one 50-minute session with the language assistant. Limited to 10 students per section. This course may not be counted toward the Spanish Major. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

In the fall and both sections will be taught remotely, however this may change in the spring. Students will access class sessions through video conferencing with the instructor and the classmates and will also be provided with asynchronous materials and activities to facilitate in class learning. The required course text uses an online platform for content and cultural materials, practice exercises, and interactive projects. In addition, the course will use authentic readings and audiovisual materials and an online conversation partner program to engage students both in person and online.

Fall semester: Visiting Lecturer Dixon. Spring semester: Lecturer Piazza. 


If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to pre-registered students.


Attention to Speaking, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Spring 2024