SPN-231: Intermediate Spanish I

Liberal Arts
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate Spanish I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A grade of C or better in SPN-132 or in two years of high school Spanish, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Follows SPN-132 and is the first of two intermediate-level Spanish courses focusing on communication in a cultural context. Develops students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Spanish, expands their vocabulary, and deepens their knowledge of pronunciation and grammatical principles in order to comprehend and express essential ideas in both spoken and written Spanish. Presents Hispanic culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

SPN-231 is designed to enable students to reach the Intermediate Low level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale, focusing on language learning through communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Core Course Topics
  1. Subjunctive verbs
  2. Hypothetical expressions
  3. Reciprocity
  4. Perfect verb forms
  5. Commands
  6. Gender and number agreement
  7. Prepositions
  8. Affirmation and negation
  9. Conjunctions
  10. Essay composition
  11. Critical listening, speaking, and writing
  12. Critical reading
  13. Hispanic culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Recognize and produce both present and imperfect subjunctive forms, including regulars and irregulars, with appropriate independent verb clauses
  2. Recognize and produce hypotheses using conditional verb forms appropriately, including regulars and irregulars
  3. Express reciprocity correctly both orally and in writing
  4. Demonstrate correct usage of both present and past perfect verb forms, including regular and irregular participles
  5. Recognize and produce formal and informal commands, including regulars, irregulars and those with reflexive and direct and indirect object pronouns
  6. Demonstrate correct usage of stressed possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns with appropriate gender and number agreement
  7. Recognize and produce sentences using por and para appropriately
  8. Demonstrate correct usage of indefinite and negative expressions in affirmative and negative statements and questions
  9. Demonstrate correct usage of indicative and subjunctive verb modes in dependent clauses introduced by adverbial and adjectival conjunctions
  10. Write simple descriptive, narrative, and informative essays related to themes presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook using appropriate register
  11. Interpret short authentic audio and visual materials and respond critically in Spanish
  12. Summarize Spanish-language materials in written compositions and oral presentations
  13. Analyze cultural differences as manifested through language differences
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferrable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Homework assignments
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Weekly/regular compositions
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral presentation(s)/project(s)
  • Midterm/final exam

All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date