Tompkins-Cortland Community College

SPA 101: Beginning Spanish I

Course Information: Professor Information:

Credit Hours: 4 Name: Dr. Gina Gammage-Sikora

Semester/ Year: Summer 09 Phone: 758-3670 (Home)

Web: Office Hours: by appointment

E- mail:

Tech Requirements :

This course will make demands on your computer system and skills.
Hardware and software:

We will be using a textbook with a variety of web-based components and resources and a robust internet course delivery system with features such as document sharing, threaded discussions, chatrooms and an online dropbox. We will also use interactive web exercises, internet voice recordings, online conferences and word processing and email functions, including attachments.
Be ready to develop your computer skills from the start and you need to be receptive to acquiring some more. Students with inadequate computer experience tend to feel very overwhelmed in this interdependent context.

Frame1EN LINEA + PANORAMA, Third Edition Student Edition + Maestro™ Web-SAM access code

Package ISBN:

978-1-60007-830-9 Price $145.00 US

This Package includes:

  • eCourse - eDelivery

  • Student Edition – Hardcover of Panorama

  • Maestro™ Web-SAM access code - eDelivery

The course materials are sold at the Bookstore and at Mandos Books in Cortland, at higher prices.
They are available as a package through the Vistas Online Bookstore at

You may be able to find used copies of the Third Edition Panorama hardcover textbook or the 3-hole-punch Companion version.
The other three items, however, consist of access codes to online resources and CANNOT be purchased used. 
They are mandatory and can be bought separately.
The eCourse code can be purchased at for $105

(ISBN: 1-60007-333-5).
The other two items can be purchased at
The Supersite Student Passcode will cost $35 (ISBN: 1-60007-175-9).
The Maestro Web-SAM access code will cost $37 (ISBN: 1-60007-192-9).
The total cost of these three access codes bought separately is more than the package, which includes a new textbook.


The Spanish 101 course deals with basic concepts of grammar and their application to every day conversation. Although elementary in content, the students will practice sentence formation in the present, simple past, and future tenses. This course is an introduction to the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, with emphasis on developing communicative strategies in Spanish; and the exposure to the Hispanic culture.

Students will reinforce learning with guided practice in the three major realms of communication: spoken, heard, and written, as well as learning to respond to visual prompting.


This course, as is the case with all my course offerings, is rooted in the ideas of liberal learning. The underlying ideal in all of my classes whether they are literature-, culture-, or language based, is that all three of these elements are interwoven. The specific knowledge and perspectives that will be acquired in this class reflects the college's commitment to instilling in our students an acumen of themes and issues pertaining to Global Understanding (knowledge of the interconnectedness of the natural and human experience through exposure of the political, social, economic and religious differences of the target language's literature and civilization) and Social Justice (comparison and contrast of issues of social justice, equality and democracy between our society and those of the target language.)


This course will provide an introduction to the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Through class activities and homework assignments, students will begin to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. Moreover, beginning students will build their vocabulary and grammatical concepts by developing analytical language skills. In addition, they will explore diverse ways of life as they examine the people and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.



1. In order to pass this course, the student must show an ability to carry on the following communicative and grammatical functions in both oral and written forms:

2. The student must show knowledge of the appropriate vocabulary so as to be able to carry on a simple conversation and/or answer questions about the following topics: greetings and farewells; telling time; the calendar; the university and courses of study; family members; clothing; daily routine; parts of the house; and the weather.

3. The student must show understanding of Spanish through successful performance on reading and listening comprehension tasks.

4. The student must show an awareness of cultural elements of Spanish-speaking peoples through participation in course discussions and demonstrated understanding of the course readings and video presentations.

Prerequisites: No previous courses are required, but you must have some computer skills, and a minimum of 10 hours available each week solely for this course.

IMPORTANT: This is a HYBRID course. It has three weekly components:

  1. Class Meeting: You are expected to attend class on campus once a week for 2 hours. (This is absolutely mandatory) The mandatory meeting is for face-to-face interaction and for testing, with a quiz or an exam scheduled every week. The course format will be a combination of individual and group aural and written work. The instructor will also lecture on grammatical structures in real-life contexts, however, large part of each class will be devoted to different exercises and activities in class that promote the use of the language. If you cannot attend all of the weekly meetings in their entirety, you should not be taking this course!

  2. Lab Requirement: To meet the lab requirement, you must arrange to log half an hour a week at your convenience in the Language Lab, located in the library, main campus, available for use during the library hours. You will be asked to access specialized language programs available in the lab or to make and save recordings on the lab servers in order to complete your online assignments for the course. 

  3. Online Activities: You are expected to visit the course websites at least four times a week - but ideally, once a day. There you will find assignments, lecture materials, interactive exercises and text and voice discussions that can be accessed at your convenience, as well as chat and conference tools for scheduled online meetings with your instructor and your classmates. For this component of the course, you will be working, mostly, on your own and at your own pace.


Class meetings are mandatory and daily participation is essential in view of the course objectives. Students should come prepared to actively participate by reading, listening, speaking and writing.

Breakdown of Class Participation:

Absent= F

Attended = C

Attended + Attentive = B

Attended + Attentive + Participated = A

Three (3) components will be factored in to determine your participation grade.

  1. Attendance

  2. Attentiveness and Attitude (note-taking, alertness, paying attention to instructor and classmates)

  3. Participation (interacting and contributing during group discussions and activities and independent, in-class assignments.) IN SPANISH !!

In my beginning-level classrooms, students are expected to participate. If you are in a Spanish course that only meets twice a week (M &W, or T & Th) then we will have 14 meetings.

Participation involves a number of variables, including but not limited to:


Workbook & Lab Manual (Written and Listening Activities):

The Provost, based on a recommendation of the Task Force on Academic Integrity has recently purchased a contract for the plagiarism software, The TC3 faculty have used this service in the past and have expressed satisfaction with its key features (e.g., when faculty use the feature to check student papers for plagiarism.) Now faculty not only will check against internal 'sharing' of papers but they also will check against millions of other papers, websites, and journals stored in the database).  Campus-wide use of this service will provide a strong deterrent for acts of academic dishonesty.


Oral Evaluations: There will be two oral evaluations. The topics to be tested in these evaluations will be taken from key vocabulary material presented during the course of the semester.


Language Lab, Weekly attendance

(for classes in Main Campus) 10%

Participation & attendance 30%

6 quizzes 18%

Homework 30%

2 oral presentations 12%

Final Exam 5%

Passport (attendance to 3 cultural out-of class events) 5%

Grading scale:

93% and above A 77-79.9% C+

90-92.9% A- 73-76.9% C

87-89.9% B+ 70-72.9% C-

83-86.9% B 60-69.9% D

80-82.9% B- 59.9% and below F

Getting Extra Help:

Final notes:

No chewing gum in the class, please !!!!!

Working together to reach your goals.

My job is to help you reach your goals for taking Spanish: to succeed in the course with the highest grade possible; to learn and use Spanish for your personal, academic and intellectual purposes; and to open the doors of communication and understanding as global citizens in the 21st century The point system mirrors the incentives and rewards adults are motivated by in the 'real world': you get positive reinforcement of your positive efforts to reach positive and productive individual goals. In learning Spanish in college, as a foreign language, your own ATTITUDE, MOTIVATION, EFFORT and desire for NOTABILITY must be strong and positive.

I look forward to working with you and welcome you to my class.

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change. If you miss a class is your responsibility to contact me to stay current. You will be held responsible for homework assigned in class in addition to what is listed below and/or any changes. Additional activities will be assigned in class as we proceed through the chapters.

Programa general del curso

Week 1


Hola ¿Qué Tal?


Basic Greetings, farewells

Courtesy expressions

Fotonovela: ¡Todos a bordo!


Cultura: Los saludos


1.1 Nouns and Articles

1.2 Numbers 1-30

1.3 Present tense of ser

1.4 Telling time



Teléfonos importantes y direcciones electrónicas

PANORANA: Estados Unidos Y Canadá

Prueba #1


People and places at the university

Courses of study

Fotonovela: ¿Que clases tomas?


CULTURA: Las universidades hispanas


2.1 Present tense of –ar verbs

2.2 Forming questions

2.3 Present tense of estar

2.4 Numbers 31-100







Family relationships


Fotonovela: ¿Es grande tu familia?


CULTURA: La familia en el mundo hispano


3.1 Descriptive adjectives

3.2 Possessive adjectives

3.3 Present tense of regular –er and –ir verbs

3.4 Present tense of tener and venir

Oral presentation: my family tree



Familias de todo tipo


Quiz # 3

Oral Presentation: Mi familia

LECCIÓN 4 El Fin de Semana



Places in the city

Fotonovela: ¡Vamos al parque!


CULTURA: El fútbol, passion de muchos


4.1Present tense of ir

4.2 Stem-changing verbs: e-ie, o-ue

4.3 Stem-changing verbs: e-i

4.4 Verbs with irregular yo form


LECTURA: No sólo el f’útbol


Quiz # 4

LECCIÓN 5 Las vacaciones


Words related to transportation and lodging

Days of the week, months, seasons, and weather expressions.

Fotonovela: Tenemos una reservación



CULTURA: El camino del inca


5.1 Estar with conditions and emotions

5.2 The present progressive

5.3 Comparing ser and estar

5.4 Direct object nouns and pronouns


Lectura: Turismo ecológico en Puerto Rico

Panorama (ver capítulo 7 >>PERU)

Quiz # 5


¡De Compras!


Articles of clothing, colors

Fotonovela: ¡Que ropa más bonita!


CULTURA: Los mercados al aire libre


6.1 Numbers 101, higher

6.2 Preterite tense of regular verbs

6.3 Indirect object pronouns

6.4 Demonstrative adjectives, pronouns



Liquidación Y “Oye cómo va!”

PANORAMA: Cuba y Puerto Rico (cap. 5)

Quiz # 6

Oral Presentation: Mi vacación favorita

Final Exam:

Remember that when learning a language all the material is cumulative; you have to be familiar with the material covered in previous lessons in order to continue with the next chapter.