First-Year Spanish Review (Section 1) [CRN 83341]

Discipline: Spanish
Instructor: Suárez-García
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1540
End: 1700
Field Work: Day 1 | December 2, 2019 | Ecuador
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

LSPA 106 is a student-centered, activities-driven class that employs an immersion, task-based approach to help students use Spanish to express themselves, and be understood in realistic contexts and for real purposes.

This is a fast-paced beginner’s course for students with some proficiency in Spanish (high school, family influence, experience traveling or studying abroad with exposure to Spanish). Students with zero experience in the language may register, keeping in mind that the course will move at a fast pace.  The course offers an introduction and basic review of essential skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes).

All cultures have their own customs, food, lifestyles, daily routines and family traditions. On this voyage, visiting four continents, we will have the opportunity to explore not only these products, and practices, but also different perspectives, specifically pertaining to the Spanish language and across Hispanic cultures, which will help us have a better understanding of our own.


By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

Communicate and Exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences. Manage appropriately short social interactions in everyday situations.
Answer simple questions and ask basic questions.
Present basic information on familiar topics using language they have practiced.
Write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.
Write short messages and notes on familiar topics related to everyday life.
Identify and Understand words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday life.
Recognize pieces of information and interpret the main topic of what is being said.
Extract the main idea of what they have read.
Interact in culturally appropriate ways in highly predictable social situations.
Demonstrate awareness of everyday practices, perceptions, and cultural products.


Communication: Use Spanish to ask questions, talk and write about yourself, describe people and places.

Cultures: Learn about Spanish-speaking cultures.

Communities: Participate in a community of students of Spanish and in a multicultural world.

Comparisons: Make comparisons between Spanish and other cultures in the voyage.

Connections: Discover the influence of some African and Latin American cultures in Spanish.

Field Work

Country: Ecuador
Day: 1
Date: December 2, 2019

Guayaquil is bustling port city with many sights, sounds, and smells, and students will explore the city through an interactive scavenger hunt. They will have to ask for directions to find places and complete specific assignments. Students will complete a shopping assignment in a local market and will have lunch close to the market before engaging in a cooking demonstration of local cuisine (seafood, plantains, yuca, etc.). Students will experience music and identity in Ecuador to compare it with their own culture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compose a list of directions in target language, test it at the city and appraise the answers
  2. Practice grocery shopping at a local market in the target language
  3. Describe cooking class/demonstration (practice with directions and list ingredients)
  4. Examine music in Ecuador
  5. Underline cultural identity in Ecuador