Spanish 1, 2, and 3
Welcome to Spanish at Penn State. Spanish 1, 2, and 3 are courses for students who are native speakers of a language other than Spanish. Spanish 1 is a 4-credit online only course. There is no in-class component for this course. The Spanish 2 and 3 courses are divided into two components — in-class and online. Two hours of these 4-credit, one-semester courses are completed in class and the rest (instruction + homework) is fulfilled on-line.
The purpose of these courses is to develop and improve communication skills when listening, reading, speaking, and writing in Spanish. The courses follow a communicative information-based task approach, which springs from the idea that languages are best learned when real world information becomes the focus of students’ activities. Therefore, during the semester, you will exchange real-life information about yourself and your classmates.
Students who have previously completed course work equivalent to the level of Spanish 003 will not receive credit for Spanish 003 at Penn State. Also, individuals who have taken the AP exam and have received a score of 3 or above or who have taken the IB exam, and have received a score of 5 or higher on the Higher Level exam will receive the 12 credits required to fulfill the language proficiency requirement and will therefore not be able to take Spanish 3 for credit. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Spanish 10 and 20
The Spanish 10 and 20 courses are the two parts of an intensive program for students whose native language is something other than Spanish. These intensive courses meet five days a week and are worth 6 credits per semester. The courses can be taken as an alternative to the traditional series of basic language instruction (Spanish 1, 2, and 3) that continues over three semesters.
Spanish 10 is only offered during the Fall semester, while Spanish 20 is only offered during the Spring semester. The two courses — Spanish 10 and 20 — are designed to cover the same amount of material as the three-semester basic language program, but in two-thirds of the time. In Spanish 10, we will cover the preliminary chapter through chapter 7 of the Mosaicos textbook. Spanish 20 will cover the remaining chapters of the same text — chapters 8-15. The purpose of these courses is to develop and improve communication skills when listening, reading, speaking, and writing in Spanish, by means of:
- Linguistic skills: grammar and vocabulary.
- Sociocultural skills: appropriate use of Spanish based on situation and context.
- Discourse skills: ability to use, understand and participate in different discourse tasks (e.g., comparison, description, narration) and situations (e.g., telephone, face-to-face, debate, interviews)
- Strategic skills: (e.g., learning strategies)
This course is based on a communicative approach with focus on form, which combines content- and task-based materials in a student-centered environment. Activities follow the sequence of structured-input activities, structured-output activities, and open-ended communicative tasks.
Native speakers and students with life long contact with Spanish may not enroll in Spanish 1, 2, 3, 10 or 20. Those wishing to improve grammar/writing skills in Spanish should enroll in Spanish 100A or 397A (check with the Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese).
If you are interested in demonstrating and certifying proficiency at the Spanish 3 / 20 level, please contact the Spanish Department office (215 Ritenour Building, 814 863-5417) for information on the process and charges to do this.
Spring Semester 2017
Listed below you will find the current syllabus and policy documents for the Spanish Basic Language Program. The documents are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader in order to view these files. If you do not have this program, you can download it for free by going to the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Download Page.
University Park Courses
- Spanish 1 Syllabus for University Park students
- Spanish 2 Syllabus for University Park students
- Spanish 3 Syllabus for University Park students
- Spanish 2 and 3 Policies Document for University Park students
- Spanish 10 Syllabus for University Park students
- Spanish 20 Syllabus for University Park students
- Spanish 10 and 20 Policies Document for University Park students
World Campus Courses
Listed below you will find documents that describe how students will be evaluated while taking one of the Spanish Basic Language courses. Students are evaluated based on written and oral expression, as well as class participation. The documents are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader in order to view these files. If you do not have this program, you can download it for free by going to the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Download Page.
- Evaluation Criteria for Online Discussion Participation
- Evaluation Criteria for Speaking Assignments
Spanish 2, 3 and Spanish 10, 20
- Evaluation Criteria for Oral Expression
- Evaluation Criteria for Participation
- Evaluation Criteria for Written Expression (First Version)
- Evaluation Criteria for Written Expression (Final Version)
|Foro de discusión||4%|
|Spanish 2 and 3||Percent|
|ANGEL Online Assignments||1%|
|MSL Online Assignments||11%|
|First Version Escrituras||6%|
|Final Version Escrituras||3%|
|Spanish 10 and 20||Percent|
|First Version Escrituras||6%|
|Final Version Escrituras||4%|
(Based upon department guidelines)
Please note that there are no exams during Finals Week for Spanish 1, 2, 3, 10 or 20.
If you are looking to place out of lower levels of Spanish, you may wish to take the Spanish Diagnostic Exam. This exam will test your proficiency in the Spanish language and help the department determine the appropriate level for you to enroll.
When is the exam?
The Diagnostic Exam is available the first four business days of the Spring and Fall semesters. For more information on the exam, please call the Spanish department at 814-863-5417.
Dates for Spring 2017
January 9 - 12; 8AM - 6PM each day.
The last exam starts at 4PM, and the exam lasts 2 hours.
Please note, results will be available within the following two business days from the day the exam was taken (i.e. results will not be released during the weekend or on a holiday).
How do I take the exam?
The Spanish Diagnostic Exam is given via ANGEL- Penn State's Online Course Management System - and will be held in the Pollock Testing Center on the dates listed above. In order to access the exam, you will need to first pre-register by completing the pre-registration form. Starting the day before the first exam, you will need to sign up for an exam time with the Testing Center. They will then send an email to all students who pre-register the day before the first exam, and allow them to choose a date and time for their exam.
I'm pre-registered, but do not see the exam. Why?
The Spanish Diagnostic Exam is scheduled to appear at certain times during the semester (the first four business days of the Fall and Spring semester). It will only appear during those specific times and the folder will remain empty at all other times.
Span001_DiscussionCriteria.pdf — PDF document, 15 kB (16110 bytes)
Span001_SpeakingCriteria.pdf — PDF document, 14 kB (15033 bytes)
SBLP_Evaluation_Criteria_for_participation.pdf — PDF document, 47 kB (48521 bytes)
Written_Expression_Criteria_First_Version.pdf — PDF document, 29 kB (30180 bytes)
Written_Expression_Criteria_Final_Draft.pdf — PDF document, 16 kB (17180 bytes)
Span1 UP Syllabus SP17 Final 12-20.pdf — PDF document, 735 kB (752951 bytes)
Span2_Syllabus_Unversity_Park_Sp17.pdf — PDF document, 156 kB (160288 bytes)
Span3 WD Syllabus span3-syllabus-wc-sp17b.pdf — PDF document, 780 kB (798832 bytes)
Spanish 10 Syllabus.pdf — PDF document, 441 kB (451678 bytes)
Span20_Syllabus-Students_Sp17_Final.pdf — PDF document, 128 kB (132070 bytes)
Span10-20_Policies_Sp17_Final.pdf — PDF document, 324 kB (332269 bytes)
Span1 WD Syllabus SP17 Final 12-20.pdf — PDF document, 742 kB (760714 bytes)
Span2 WD Syllabus SP17 Final 12-20.pdf — PDF document, 720 kB (738264 bytes)
Span3 WD Syllabus SP17 Final 12-20.pdf — PDF document, 780 kB (799205 bytes)
Span2-3_Policies_Sp17_Final_1-20-17.pdf — PDF document, 398 kB (407844 bytes)
Span10-20_Policies_Sp17_Final_1-20-17.pdf — PDF document, 324 kB (332051 bytes)