Course Info: SPAN 101A


Section Number 72261

Catalog Description:

Spanish 101A is equivalent to the first half of Spanish 101. This elementary level course is a study of the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures, with emphasis on the development of communicative skills and basic structures. This beginning-level course if for students with no previous coursework in Spanish. CSU; UC


Pedroza, J.

Class Meetings:

On the following Tuesdays: Aug. 29; Sept. 5, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10
Room: H-214 (Class meets from 8/22 – 10/10)

Options for Viewing Video Lectures
  1. Cable Television: Cox Cable North Ch.16, Time Warner Cable North Ch.16, and AT&T U-verse Ch.99 See airtimes and specific channel info at: SPAN 101A PDF (Right Click “Save as”)
  2. Webcast online at:

    See the webcast and channel lineup at:
  3. Watch lessons online by logging into Blackboard. See log-in instructions below.
  4. Check out DVDs from the libraries on the San Marcos main campus and the Escondido Education Center.
  5. For more information go to:
Class Outline

Course materials are available the Friday prior to when classes begin. Access your course outline, assignments, handouts and announcements, as well as view video lessons in Blackboard. Log in Blackboard instructions:

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Textbook and Other Required Materials:

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Video Series Entitled:

Se Habla Español

Video Lesson Descriptions 1 – 19:

1) Bienvenidos
This is an introduction to the Se Habla Español series. “Bienvenidos” outlines the series by discussing the different regions
where Spanish is spoken and offers tips for successful language learning.

2) ¿Cómo te llamas?
Basic greetings and farewells are presented in this program. The verb “ser” and basic adjectives are also incorporated to
build vocabulary and allow for basic descriptions.

3) Me gusta…
Program begins with a basic review of the previous segment. New material includes numbers, the verb “gustar” and use of
the formal “Ud.” and informal “tú” when addressing people. The cultural segment explores the music and dance of various
Spanish-speaking countries.

4) La hora
Program includes a review and practice of the numbers. New material consists of sections on telling time and the verb
“hay”. New vocabulary related to classroom objects is also incorporated to build vocabulary.

5) Los artículos
“Los artículos” begins with an extensive review of the verb “hay” and telling time. Definite and indefinite articles and the
gender of nouns complete the new material in this program.

6) Verbos – ar
This segment includes a brief review of the verb “hay” and articles. New verbs and words incorporated to build vocabulary
include “-ar” verbs and school subjects. Subject pronouns and conjugating “-ar” verbs are the focus of the grammar section.
Includes a cultural note on universities in the Spanish-speaking world.

7) Las profesiones
Review of many of the concepts presented in earlier programs. These include greetings, the verb “ser”, subject pronouns
and conjugating “-ar” verbs. Includes new vocabulary to identify professions.

8) Formando preguntas
This program includes more review of “-ar” verbs and practice. In addition, new material includes forming negative
sentences, asking questions and two new verbs: “desear” and “necesitar”.

9) Adjetivos
A basic review of negative sentences and asking questions starts the program. New material includes adjectives, adjective
placement and the numbers from 40 to 100.

10) Los verbos – er, -ir
Program continues to explore the present tense by introducing “-er” and “-ir” verbs. The rules for conjugating these verbs
are presented and are followed by practice activities. Time expressions and a review of adjective placement are also

11) La familia
“La familia” includes an introduction to the vocabulary related to the family. It also includes a cultural note that discusses
the family structure of the Spanish-speaking world. Also included is a review of “-er” and “-ir” verbs and the verb “ser”.

12) El verbo tener
Program begins with the use of possessive adjectives and a review of the vocabulary related to the family. New grammar
includes the verb “tener” and its application when describing age.

13) Repaso
This is the first of five review sessions done throughout this series. “Repaso” includes a review of the family, numbers,
adjective placement, the verb “ser”, and “-er” and “-ir” verbs. This program gives additional examples and review activities.

14) Expresiones con tener
Program begins with a complete review of the forms of the verb “tener” in the present tense. An introduction to
expressions with “tener” follows. Finally, irregular verbs in the present tense are introduced and conjugated.

15) Hablando del futuro
The program begins with a review and more practice of the expressions using the verb “tener”. The vocabulary for
expressions of time is presented. Includes an introduction to the verb “ir” and its use to indicate direction and future
actions. Finally, there is an introduction to the vocabulary of nationalities and a review of irregular verbs in the present

16) El verbo estar
The introduction to the verb “estar” and new vocabulary to describe conditions are the main focus of this program. Also
included are prepositions, days of the week, and a review of “tener” expressions and future actions with the verb “ir”.

17) Ser y estar
Program begins with an extensive review of the days of the week, prepositions and the verb forms of “ser” and “estar”.
Continues with an introduction to the different uses of “ser” and “estar”. Includes a variety of exercises using the verbs
“ser” and “estar”.

18) Comparaciones
Program includes a comprehensive review of the verbs “ser” and “estar”. A new list of interrogative words is introduced.
The program concludes with making comparisons and a variety of activities.

19) Repaso II
The second of five review sessions throughout this series. “Repaso II” includes a review of the uses of the verbs “ser” and
“estar”, prepositions, comparisons, and expressing future actions using the verb “ir” followed by an infinitive. Includes
examples and review activities.