2020 Spanish: Basic Course 1 S04

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Second foreign language courses
Kimura Hideo 
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Course description and aims

"Spanish: Basic Course 1'' is designed for beginners with no previous experience in the language. By the end of the quarter, students can expect to express themselves in simple phrases and sentences. You will learn the pronunciation and spelling of the language, how to read and write simple texts in present tense, and some basic rules of the Spanish grammar.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will have acquired the basics of Spanish pronunciation and spelling. You will also be able to exchange greetings in Spanish and understand some important basics of Spanish grammar.


Spanish grammar and vocabulary, Society and culture of the Spanish speaking countries

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The instructor explains the main grammatical points of the day. Students will solve some quizzes on related topics, and also read texts in classroom to get a better understanding of each topic. The instructor also tends to show a movie or put some music in class so that students get acquainted to the culture and society of Spanish speaking countries. Attendance is required in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Greetings To be announced in each class.
Class 2 Pronunciations To be announced in each class.
Class 3 Nouns, adjectives and articles, Verbs (ser and estar) To be announced in each class.
Class 4 Midterm exam, Verbs (ser and estar: continued) To be announced in each class.
Class 5 Verb “tener”, Possessives To be announced in each class.
Class 6 Indicatives, Review before the final exam To be announced in each class.
Class 7 Final exam, Songs in Spanish To be announced in each class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Tello Maroto, Doce lecciones de español, Hakusuisha;
Satoshi Ninomiya, Veinte lecciones esenciales de gramática española, Asahi shuppansha.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be provided in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by two exams (midterm and final) (35% and 45%, respectively) and by the end of term essay (20%).

Related courses

  • LAL.S202 : Spanish: Basic Course 2
  • LAL.S203 : Spanish: Basic Course 3
  • LAL.S204 : Spanish: Basic Course 4
  • LAL.S331 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 1
  • LAL.S332 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 2
  • LAL.S333 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 3
  • LAL.S334 : Spanish: Intermediate Course 4
  • LAL.S341 : Spanish: Advanced Course 1
  • LAL.S342 : Spanish: Advanced Course 2
  • LAL.S343 : Spanish: Advanced Course 3

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There is no requirement for this course.

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Office hours

Not yet determined, but most probably, lunch break (12:30-13:30) on Tuesdays. Will be announced at the 1st class meeting.


I am not sure how I should organize this intermediate course online. However, we try all the best to give you as much information, not just about the language itself but also about the culture and society of the Spanish speaking countries. Also, please be aware of the information about the class, such as Zoom invitations, etc.

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